Promoting the debate on the future of cities and translate the global goals, set by United Nations through the New Urban Agenda, in local policies.

Right to the Future is one of the 74 Urban Thinkers Campus that will be held around the world in 2017. Thanks to the experience of City as a Service and the participation to the conference Habitat III, this year PUSH has been invited to organise a second Urban Thinkers Campus called “From the New Urban Agenda to the future of Palermo”.

Through a series of participatory activities – Open Call, Urban Lab, Roundtable – and following the principles of the New Urban Agenda, concrete proposals were elaborated and discussed to inspire visions for the city of the upcoming years.

Three workshops inspired to the model of the Global Service Jam were held between 7th and 8th April to co-plan the future of the city. City, students, administrators and local stakeholders worked in group facilitated by the team of Right to Future to plan solutions on the three main themes:

  • Artistic cultural patrimony,
  • Community Life,
  • Public spaces.

During the roundtables, we showed three of our projects: We all count Europe, FoTRRIS e SPACE.

We all count Europe

The project was born to promote political debate through the Internet: in this connection, the start-up platform Kuorum.org has been used for getting the institutions closed to the population to build an engaged society. On Kuorum.org can publish concrete proposals for your city and open it to the debate, but also organize campaigns, send bulletins, find supporters for your initiatives in order to increase democratic participation, collective management and political transparency.

The “Community Life” Roundtable focused on collaborative approaches related to housing issues and the creation of services for Palermo’s citizens seen as enabling elements for a better social and economic participation.

The We all Count Europe  project and the Kuorum.org platform reinforce the collaborative approach pursued by UN-Habitat and necessary to draw our cities. A mix of online and offline activities can be one of the main guarantee of success when it deals with active participation.

Kuorum.org is a tool that allows ideas exchange, citizens’ participation and the co-creation of solutions for our city offering advantages through the net. Together with public events as the Right to the future Rountables, Kuorum.org can collect proposals and get them online to promote political debate.

Subscribe for free the Kuorum.org platform and read one of the proposals from the Roundtable.

FoTRRIS

The FoTRRIS Foster Transition towards Responsible Research and Innovation Systems (Horizon 2020 programme) – project objective is to offer efficient and effective methods for researchers, citizens, businesses and policy-makers to solve ‘glocal’ challenges in a co-RRI way. The methodology of the project relies on the design of transition arenas associated with a support of a competence cell. Transition arenas are groups of people interested in co-solving a glocal challenge.  To support sustainability of these units and support their activities and impact, the FoTRRIS project will further develop its co-RRI concept (co- means collaboration), a stage-gate methodology for ensuring a standardised and responsible answer to glocal challenges and its concept of transition arenas and competence cell.

During the round table discussions representatives of both initiatives (Right to the Future and FoTRRIS) had a possibility to exchange knowledge about organisation of collaborative activities for stakeholders and citizens and activities’ facilitation underlying the importance of the citizen’s central role in this process.

This exchange of experiences and practical work with Right to the Future participants confirmed once more that citizens have practical knowledge and vision for a better tomorrow, their input and skills are as important as researchers’ and only common activities can help society to overcome societal challenge.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 665906.

SPAcE

A presentation of the SPACE project closed the Urban Thinkers Campus morning proceedings on Saturday, April the 8th 2017.

Architects, urban planners, professors from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Palermo, European experts in Smart Cities and local politicians were discussing for three days projects and ideas to imagine the future of Palermo Workshops, contests of ideas, initiatives and innovative realities in Sicily and Italy were the framework of three intense days full of ideas for a more sustainable and modern city. Saturday, April the 8th at Palazzo Sant’Elia in Palermo Rosina Nduwke, responsible of the SPAcE project on behalf of CESIE, presented to a large audience of professors, students of Architecture, politicians, urban planning experts, local and international stakeholders the results of the project. In particular, Rosina presented the report which collects the best practices put together by all the partners and the HEAT system for processing data on soft mobility. In the afternoon session, the final results of the three-days think tank were presented and the event ended late in the evening with a cocktail and a concert.