‘Citizen Focus’ is about industries, civil society, and different layers of government working together with citizens to realize public interests at the intersection of ICT, mobility and energy in an urban environment. Much has already been done to engage citizens for mobility, energy efficiency, sustainability and related topics – though individual entrepreneurs, rather than larger-scale industry and government are often the drivers. There are also many ICT platforms for crowd funding and collaboration. Likewise, citizens are already creating apps and services to help cities solve problems.
However, these positive signs can be amplified and focused, thus providing an European way to build smart cities. The most relevant approaches on Citizen Focus are:
Projects that create an enabling environment for citizens to solve the problems they identify. Additionally, projects that help the most successful citizen-led projects scale – in a city or internationally.
Projects that facilitate a conversation between stakeholders, where citizens’ voices are not only heard, but instrumental in solution design, allowing for better results and creating faster and more targeted improvements.
Since 2014, this cluster has been involved in an intensive mapping, analytical mutual learning and networking efforts among its 61 Commitments and beyond. In 2015, the Action Cluster presented its first Toolkit on Principles and Enablers for Citizen Engagement, which was developed with the support of citizens.
Many of those principles have been integrated in the EIP-SCC Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, which was officially launched during the Conference Inclusive Smart Cities: A European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, celebrated on 23rd November 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). The event gathered the main EU level networks of regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, knowledgeable scholars and practitioners as well as industry representatives to cooperate and commit to active involvement of citizens.
Outcomes of the AC Meetings 2016
The Citizen Focus Action Cluster Meeting on 22nd November 2016 focused on the main outcome of the year: the Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, its promotion and its implementation. In addition, both Initiatives (Citizen City and Citizen-Centric Approach to Data) presented their results and suggestions on how to implement the Manifesto. In particular, the AC will address some calls that may support the implementation of the Manifesto's principles.
Future activities that were envisaged for the group are: a) continuing to seek synergies with important supporter networks; b) to engage more cities and industries; c) to develop one or two points of the Manifesto and turn them into use cases.
In conclusion, the Citizen Focus Action Cluster will focus more on the demand side and will ask for the commitment from cities and regions in order to make citizen engagement part of renewed city and municipal administration organisations.
Find out here the presentations, the minutes and the videos of the Citizen Focus meeting.
Our ongoing initiatives
Citizen-Centric Approach to Data
Get in contact with the Citizen Focus Action Cluster at firstname.lastname@example.org.