Participatory Budgeting for Inclusive Smart Cities and Communities

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    CitizenCity SET Information Webinars

    Published: 28.11.2017
    John Zib

    CitizenCity SET Information Webinars

    CitizenCity has been active in the last 24 months with many interventions around Europe in many sectors, including design workshops this year in London and Milan, with support from Sharing Cities. We now have a clear purpose, plans and a prototype solution. The goal of SET is to drive the success of city programs by enabling cities to better engage with their citizens. SET enables cities by serving as a bridge between useful information into a useable resource.

    The next phase of development is to move SET into market for early demonstration through a series of three calls; SET Field Test, SET Energy Retrofit, SET Participatory Budget. CitizenCity will join with cities to look at different dimensions of the intersection between a smart city and a smart citizen. This early market engagements will run first half of 2018, leading to another series of design workshops. These three calls will help CitizenCity gather learning through experience.

    The actions planned are specifically intended to connect with SCC1, H2020, Light House and broader EU Smart City markets on the work in citizen engagement. Providing early value and testing in the EU Smart City markets and collaborating towards a solution that is scalable and sustainable. To support cities interested in joining one of these CitizenCity SET calls, the following webinar series is being offered.

    20 Informational Webinars 
    John Zib, the lead for CitizenCity, will repeat an informational presentation explaining SET and the expected interaction and deliverables from the three calls. The purpose is to give interested city projects the information needed to make a decision on becoming involved. What is to be expected from the engagement and what will be the benefits. While the primary purpose is for cities interested in field testing, we welcome others just wanting more information. 

    The webinars are offered at different times and weekdays to fit into more individual schedules. We are aiming for small groups to allow for more conversation. 

    SET Info Webinar for 2018 Calls
    ●    1 hour event
    ●    30 min presentation on SET and review of call engagement
    ●    30 min guided/open conversation

    Mon 4th Dec  - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00
    Tue 5th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00
    Thu 7th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00

    Mon 11th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00
    Wed 13th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00
    Fri 15th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00

    Mon 18th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00
    Tue 19th Dec - 9:00, 11:00, 13:00

    (alternative date/time possible)

    To inquire or register you are welcome to contact John Zib (john.zib@gmail.com). Please note that attendance to these sessions will require a homework project.

    Overview of CitizenCity SET Calls for 2018
    CitzenCity will open different calls to engage with different segments of the citizen engagement landscape. In the SET Field Test call, we are looking at how cities use SET as a tool. SET is being designed for cities, so it’s important to get this early feedback. The SET Energy Retrofit call looks at leading EU cities practice on citizen engagement in the Energy Retrofit sector. We are looking how to build a useable information ecosystem with this silo. SET Participatory Budgeting call collects practices of citizen engagement on participatory budgeting. This will help understanding on what makes a specific tool fit a specific city situation. 

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    SET Field Test

    Open call for City Projects to Field Test SET (5 projects to be selected)

    CitizenCity is introducing the prototype SET solution to cities as a resource for building social engagement capacities that will drive project success. CitizenCity will field test SET in 5 cities over the first half of 2018. CitizenCity will engage with project staff and materials via remote interventions and onsite workshops. The city will receive a co-created framework to manage and guide social engagement. A selection of tools will be chosen and implementation supported. This field testing will contribute to CitizenCity’s understanding of how a city is actually using SET as a solution. SET is being designed for cities, so it’s important to get this user feedback early.

    SET Energy Retrofit

    Closed call for Social Engagement use cases in Energy Retrofit (9 selected projects)

    CitizenCity will collect case studies of citizen engagement practices from leading EU energy retrofit projects in partnership with Paul Cartuyvels, chair of Sustainable Districts and Built Environment. The goal is to develop learning on citizen engagement in the energy retrofit into a solution for that silo. Creating common solutions from collective experiences. This has real potential as a resource for this silo and significance as a pilot. 

    SET Participatory Budget

    Open call for Participatory Budgeting (open until further notice)

    CitizenCity will collect case studies of participatory budgeting with the support of the new Participatory Budgeting initiative of the EIP-SCC and Mariangelo Secchi of EMPATIA. This open call will collecting learning from city projects around Europe. The goal is to understand how the context of the project affects the successful implementation of participatory budgeting. This should collect enough learning to help cities select the best citizen engagement approach for their city and situation.

    Contact:

    John Zib, CitizenCity, john.zib@gmail.com

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    CitizenCity SETs course with Calls & Webinars

    Published: 24.11.2017
    John Zib

    CitizenCity SETs course with Calls & Webinars

    Purpose into action 

    The goal of SET is to drive the success of city programs by enabling cities to better engage with their citizens. SET enables cities by serving as a bridge between useful information into a useable resource.

    CitizenCity had many interventions around Europe in the last 12 months, including successful design workshops in London and Milan with the support from Sharing Cities. 

    The next phase of development is to move SET into market for early demonstration. These actions will involve different dimensions of the intersection between a smart city and a smart citizen. This early market engagements will run first half of 2018, leading to another series of design workshops. The actions planned are specifically intended to connect with SCC1, H2020, Light House and broader EU Smart City markets on the work in citizen engagement. 

    An overview of upcoming actions...

    • Launch 3 new calls to engage with SET. Each call represents a different approach of tools are used in real conditions. 
    • A series of informational webinars will be offered in support interest in the calls and collaboration with CitizenCity. 

    3 Unique Calls

    CitzenCity will open different calls to engage with different segments of the user-tool landscape. In the SET Field Test call, we are looking at how cities use SET as a tool. SET is being designed for cities, so it’s important to get this early feedback. The SET Energy Retrofit call looks at leading EU cities practice on citizen engagement in the Energy Retrofit sector. We are looking how to build a useable information ecosystem with this silo. SET Participatory Budgeting call collects practices of citizen engagement on participatory budgeting. This will help understanding on what makes a specific tool fit a specific city situation.

    SET

    These three calls will help CitizenCity gather learning through experience. Providing early value and testing in the EU Smart City markets and working towards building a solution that is scalable and sustainable. 

    1 - SET Field Test 
    Open call for City Projects to Field Test SET (5 projects to be selected)

    CitizenCity is introducing the prototype SET solution to cities as a resource for building social engagement capacities that will drive project success. CitizenCity will look for cities in Europe, preferably part of an EC funded project, that would like to field test SET over the first half of 2018. Informational webinars in Nov-Dec 2017 will cover SET and this field testing.

    CitizenCity will engage with your project staff and materials via remote interventions and onsite workshops. The city will receive a co-created framework to manage and guide social engagement. A selection of tools will be chosen and implementation supported.

     This field testing will contribute to CitizenCity’s understanding of how a city is actually using SET as a solution. SET is being designed for cities, so it’s important to get this user feedback early.

    SET Field Test

    • Open call to field test SET, with 5 cities selected.
    • CitizenCity team directly engages over several months to build social engagement capacity and implement SET and select tools. 
    • Scale of project and range of interactions are flexible. 
    • The decision for cities will be made in early Jan. 

    SET Energy Retrofit
    Closed call for Social Engagement use cases in Energy Retrofit (9 selected projects)

    CitizenCity will collect case studies of citizen engagement practices from leading EU energy retrofit projects. This campaign is in partnership with Paul Cartuyvels, chair of Sustainable Districts and Built Environment. 

    This call will collect case study learning from a target list of cities. The goal is to develop learning on citizen engagement in the energy retrofit into a solution for that domain. Creating common solutions from collective experiences. This has real potential as a resource for this domain and significance as a pilot.  

    SET Participatory Budget
    Open call for Participatory Budgeting (open until further notice)

    CitizenCity will collect case studies of participatory budgeting with the support of the new Participatory Budgeting initiative of the EIP-SCC and Mariangelo Secchi of EMPATIA.

    This open call will collecting learning from city projects around Europe. The goal is to understand how the context of the project affects the successful implementation of participatory budgeting. This should collect enough learning to help cities select the best citizen engagement approach for their city and situation.

    20 Info Webinars

    John Zib, lead for CitizenCity, will repeat an informational presentation to explain SET and expected interaction and deliverables from the calls. The purpose is to give interested projects the information needed to make decision on becoming involved. To accommodate scheduling these will be offered at different times of the day and week in Nov and Dec 2017. 

    We are aiming for small groups to allow for more conversation. While the primary purpose is for cities interested in field testing, we welcome others wanting more information. Note that attendance to these sessions will require a small homework in advance.

    Contact: John Zib, CitizenCity, john.zib@gmail.com, +49 176 8634922

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    Citizen Focus Webinar - Use of platforms in Participatory Budgeting

    06 December 2017 12:30

    Italy

    Linked Action Clusters Citizen Focus
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    The EIP-SCC Marketplace Action Cluster ‘Citizen Focus’ hosted a webinar on Collaborative Platforms to enable Participatory Budgeting initiatives on December 6, 2017. 

    The webinar, first of a series of three, provided more than 60 participants the opportunity to learn about Participatory Budgeting and specifically to understand the role of platforms in similar initiatives. 

    Anne Deltour, from the European Commission DG CNECT, introduced the webinar with a speech throughout which she highlighted the importance of revisiting the European concept of Democracy in order to ameliorate citizen engagement.

    Maria Sangiuliano, CEO & co-founder of Smart Venice srl and Action Cluster leader, offered an insight into Citizen Focus’ main activities, goals and objectives and presented the latest initiative related to Participatory Budgeting.

    Michelangelo Secchi, research fellow at the University of Coimbra, introduced the ‘EMPATIA’ project, which he has been coordinating since 2016. Mr. Secchi shared some background information on the popularity of PB along with the criteria to identify and set a Participatory Budgeting process. The second part of his presentation was specifically focused on platforms and on the core functions required for carrying a PB process through the previously mentioned. 

    Miguel Arana Catania, Citizen Participation Director at Madrid City Council, guided participants through the website of “Decide Madrid”, one of the many organisations using the Consul platform. In addition to Participatory Budgeting initiatives, “Decide Madrid” offers a debate section through which users can express their approval/disapproval but also leave their comments. Furthermore, citizens can also submit proposals of their own, which are then deferred to voting.

    Cesar Silva, CEO and co-founder of ‘ChangeTomorrow’ – home to the ‘Participare’ platform – shared some of the platform’s main features among which the multilingual interface, the authentication options and the different voting methods. Participants were also briefed on the platform’s technical aspects.

    In case you may have missed the webinar, you can catch up in full below:

    You may also find the presentation here and our guest speakers’ bios in the agenda, available here.

    Stay tuned for two additional webinars coming up in early 2018! 
    We hope that by spring we will conclude the series!

     

    For more information please contact citizenfocus@eu-smartcities.eu

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Participatory Budgeting for Inclusive Smart Cities and Communities

Participatory Budgeting for Inclusive Smart Cities and Communities
Action Cluster Citizen Focus
Our Ambition

Main goal: Fostering knowledge, sharing of good practices & supporting capacity building for the implementation of Participatory Budgeting in Smart Cities

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a form of participatory and inclusive democracy, where members of a community learn, debate and deliberate about the allocation of public resources. Although PB has received some criticism over previous years, with the increase in societal expectations, and the engagement powers of digital, PB is increasingly proving to be a powerful tool that enables society to contribute to the administration of their city, as active players in the decision-making processes. PB is now recognised to be as an appropriate tool for enhancing citizens’ capacity to co-decide..

After its journey started during the ‘90s in Brazil, a study from the European Parliament Research Service estimated that between 2005 and 2012 European examples of PB have increased from 55 to over 1.300: “a 2008 study estimated that overall, over 8 million European citizens are actively involved in PB” (EPRS, 2016, p.8)

Benefiting from the digital revolution implications, PB has a strong exploitation potential in the context of Smart Cities planning and implementation. In fact, many cities have been increasingly using on-line digital tools to implement PB, either through in-house designed or Open Source or proprietary platforms. PB could be experimented and piloted with thematic focus on areas of intervention which are particularly relevant for Smart Cities, such as smart mobility, energy efficiency, waste management etc.  

The initiative is fine-tuning the detailed Roadmap 2018, but has presented its overall plan during the Citizen Focus Action Cluster meeting and the EIP-SCC General Assembly Breakfast – held, respectively, on October 11 and 12 2017. 

The initiative aims at fostering knowledge transfer of key success factors for PB and the different merging models, assessing the potential of PB applied to smart cities planning and the role of digital platforms in supporting PB processes. 

According to the Roadmap 2017-2020, activities are spread in two phases, been the first one focused on knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer activities and assessment and the second on implementation of piloting PB projects in Smart Cities.

Overall, the initiative goal is to assist all cities across Europe to implement PB projects from the feasibility assessment phase to the roll out and monitoring of the project itself, building on shared knowledge and best practices extrapolated from real cases worldwide.

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Next Steps
The Roadmap is expected to be fine-tuned in the next weeks, based on the input collected at the Action Cluster meeting and at the General Assembly breakfast table. Meanwhile, the initiative has defined its learning and knowledge sharing plan which includes a series of three thematic webinars. They will be focusing on major aspects related to Participatory budgeting practices and tools. The first one will offer a benchmark of the main existing PB platforms EU-wide and will be delivered in the first weeks of December, followed by two others in the first months of 2018. The first one on the role of local administrations in enabling PB practices and projects and a second one on PB best practices, showcasing examples of successful cases. Check our webpage and LinkedIn page regularly to be constantly updated on our webinar plan as well as on other initiatives.

 

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CitizenCity SET Information Webinars

Published: 28.11.2017

CitizenCity SET Information Webinars

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