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Citizen-Driven Innovation and Smart Cities

Citizen-driven innovationA guidebook of the World Bank and the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) on new citizen centric methodologies for innovation. The Guide explores the concept of Smart Cities and different models of Smart Cities are presented, showing how citizen-centric methods have been used to mobilize resourses and address urban problems in a variety of situations, objectives and goverment structures. Living Labs are a leading approach for ‘agile development’ or the rapid prototyping os ideas, products and services in decentralised and user-centric manner.

The guidebook is structured into seven main sections:

An introductory section describes the vision of a ‘˜humanly smart’ city, in order to give an idea of the kind of result that can be attained from opening up and applying citizen-driven innovation methods.

Chapter 1, ‘˜Getting Started’ helps Mayors launch co-design initiatives, exploring innovation processes founded on trust and verifying the benefits of opening up.

Chapter 2, ‘˜Building a Strategy’ identifies the key steps for building an innovation partnership and together defining a sustainable city vision and scenarios for getting there.

Chapter 3, ‘˜Co-Designing Solutions’ looks at the process of unpacking concrete problems, working creatively to address them, and following up on implementation.

Chapter 4, ‘˜Ensuring Sustainability’ describes key elements for long-term viability: evaluation and impact assessment, appropriate institutional structuring, and funding and policy support.

Chapter 5, ‘˜Joining Forces’ suggests ways to identify a unique role for participation in international networks and how to best learn from cooperation.

Finally, provides a Starter Pack with some of the more commonly used tools and methods to support the kinds of activities described in this guidebook.

Citizen-Driven Innovation: A guidebook for city mayors and public administrators: Citizen_Driven_Innovation_Full

Source: World Bank