Creating sustainable city development with culture as a driving force
Some of Malmö’s oldest industrial areas might look dull and grey, but there are also unique cultural gold mines, where 250 cultural entrepreneurs are located within a radius of 300 meters. Plans to regenerate this neighborhood are already being made with many key stakeholders. How can the urban renewal process of a Malmö central city neighborhood use culture as a quality of life indicator and driving force? How can we help stakeholders understand the importance of human capital and sustainability in the renewal process, when these things seem to mean different things to different people?
Enhancing the efficiency of transport in big cities, finding solutions for energy efficiency and finding alternative fuels are questions sustainable cities and industry stakeholders must face together. Volvo Trucks wants to find new ways to accelerate the development of freight traffic in cities, and at the same time reduce carbon emissions by half, and contribute to reducing both noise and congestion. Basic solutions already exist, but the process is moving too slowly. How can we accelerate progress and get more people to realize the urgent need to use the technology and the knowledge that actually exists?
The world faces significant challenges in dealing with climate change; not least of all in creating conditions for the adoption of energy systems with more distributed assets and using renewable energy sources on a large scale. How can open innovation create opportunities for all stakeholders? How can E.ON as a utility company develop the right prerequisites for open innovation, creating business opportunities for different stakeholders, and attractive solutions for sustainable living, working and travelling? In what way can open test-beds for sustainable energy solutions be realized in their flagship project in Hyllie, a new area in Malmö?
Challenge-holder: E.ON Sverige (Swedish utility company)
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Citizens as users of the public welfare state often become passive consumers. To create a sustainable welfare society, we need to start renewing local communities and build local sustainable welfare models where citizens are active co-creators and co-producers of welfare services. There are many obstacles to overcome, and we seek new ideas and inspiration about user-driven innovation, self-organizing citizen and user-networks, and new models for communication, co-creation, and collective decision-making.
Local innovation to drive social impact
Many of the people who live in our suburbs have great entrepreneurial ideas that would have a positive impact on their direct surroundings. Entrepreneurs with foreign backgrounds often come with a new perspective on how things can be done. Our challenge is how to connect this entrepreneurial energy to empower local innovations in the suburbs? What support structure is needed to start social enterprises in local environments? And how do we enhance collaboration and social impact through entrepreneurship? The challenge focuses on the problems and opportunities that people in the suburbs face in their daily lives; and about how to create a structure that allows individuals to realize their ideas.
Smart Lighting provides growing opportunities for creating system solutions that provide the right light in the right place at the right time. At the same time, lighting is a major sustainability concern. The City of Lund has launched a programme to introduce smart lighting at schools and pre-schools, in order to create attractive learning environments as well as substantial energy savings. How can they create the best solutions that achieve substantial quality improvement for indoor lighting as well as dramatic energy efficiency? How can the many barriers to introducing new solutions in public organizations (e.g. testing, sharing risks, investment difficulties) be overcome?
Challenge-holder: City of Lund and Lund University
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This challenge addresses issues of commitment, continuity and maintaining citizen confidence. There have been many urban development initiatives in Malmö, and for some citizens perhaps too many to become actively involved yet again. How can the City of Malmö, as a management authority, restore confidence among citizens regarding different development initiatives in the city? How can the city create long-term commitment and lasting change through shared responsibility and better participation in projects? How can Malmö assure long-term continuity across different projects by making use of existing experience?
Amsterdam is looking for new methodologies that enable neighbourhood decision-making, allowing decisions about matters such as designing public space, or permits for festivals, to be made in the neighbourhood rather than in city hall. As a local government, we want to ”outsource” decision-making to people, because we believe that making decisions encourages people to take initiative and share responsibility. The dilemma is that local government is also responsible for the effects of these decisions and has a (macro) strategic agenda it wants to implement. How does all of this come together? What kind of methods allow people to make decisions about their own neighbourhood, while at the same time recognizing that neighbourhoods are shared with others who have stakes there as well?
Many issues today are so complicated that individual players can only solve one part of them working alone. The challenge is to improve cooperation between the city and educational institutions – and between the institutions themselves – in order to effectively address these real-life ‘big problems’ with adequate resources and relevant perspectives. At the moment there is a communication-disconnect that needs to be addressed: How can the city communicate its needs to the educational institutions in a better way? How can the universities communicate what they offer more effectively? And when experts from different educational institutions – perhaps even from different countries – are needed to address a problem, can the educational institutions find the right partners to complement the team? What can we learn from the ACSI-method for continuing city-university cooperation?
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region has many excellent innovation centers, but potential opportunities to boost productivity and innovation through closer connection between the separate centers are not adequately used. Now the region is preparing a new development plan for regional land use, which they hope will enhance possibilities for cooperation and connection between the innovation hubs and hotspots. How can this plan support business development, networking and innovativeness in the region? How can the activities of the different hubs support each other more effectively? How can the region consolidate its innovation infrastructure and create a ”Virtual House of Uusimaa Hotspots”? Ultimately, the region would like to support better collaboration with regions like Skåne and Amsterdam-Utrecht, in order to create groundbreaking societal innovations for Europe-wide use.
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