Urenio Watch Watch: Collaborative Innovation

Open Governance in the Smart City

Open Governance in the Smart City was developed in the framework of the EU funded Horizon 2020 research project smarticipate. Through eleven cases ‘“ 9 European and 2 non-European cities – the report provides an overview of the variety of approaches local governments and communities can take to ICT enabled open governance. In addition to describing the different approaches, the report also discusses risks and challenges, concluding with a number of recommendations. Continue reading

Innovation Growth Lab Experimentation Toolkit

Whether you are an experienced researcher or a policymaker seeking inspiration for new ideas, the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) has  developed a toolkit to show  how adopting an experimental approach can be used to make policies more effective by successfully designing and delivering trials. Practicioners can use the toolkit as a step-by-step guide to the development and implementation of randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Continue reading

Civic Crowdfunding ‘“ A Guidebook for Local Authorities

Crowdfunding is increasingly being used by cities’ local authorities, usually refered as ‘Civic crowdfunding‘, aiming to democratise the way places are created and funded: from’Civic crowdfunding new street markets and revamped playgrounds, to gardens planted on derelict railway lines.This report by Future Cities Catapult studies the progress of the first wave of local authorities making use of this approach, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of it.
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Report: Multi-level governance and vertical policy integration

This report aims to investigate multi-level governance and vertical policy integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels of government. More specifically, it focuses on exploring in depth governance structure for sustainable development, as well as multi-level governance and vertical policy integration. Continue reading

The City as a Lab: Open Innovation Meets the Collaborative Economy

This article introduces a special issue on the increasing role of cities as a driver for (open) innovation and entrepreneurship. It frames the innovation space being cultivated by proactive cities. Drawing on the diverse papers selected in this special issue, this introduction explores a series of tensions that are emerging as innovators and entrepreneurs seek to engage with local governments and citizens in an effort to improve the quality of life and promote local economic growth. Continue reading

Inclusive Smart Cities: a European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities has launched a manifesto on Citizen Engagement. It declares the  commitment of signatories  to create and foster accessible urban services for citizens, in order to improve the quality of life in cities and contribute to sustainable cities and a liveable environment. Continue reading