6th – 7th November 2012, Milan, 3rd – 4th December 2012, Cracow
This year, the ICLEI, on behalf on the InConext project consortium, are hosting the workshop “From public participation to co-creation: the role of local governments in supporting bottom-up sustainability initiatives”. The workshop will be held in two cities: the first in Milan, Italy (6-7 November 2012) and the second in Cracow, Poland (3-4 December 2012). The purpose of the workshop is to highlight the role of local governments in achieving sustainable lifestyles and a low-carbon society.
InContext has identified a risk in the trend of institutionalising sustainability process. They believe that while great progress has been made through integrating sustainability issues into a city’s political and administrative procedures, a concern is that the policies could become disconnected from the very local communities whose quality of life they are to be addressing.
The desired outcome of the workshop is to create innovative ways to engage the public. It is hoped that through working closely with the community, administrators will be able to harness the local creativity and knowledge to make dynamic progress in terms of sustainability. This is a sentiment that is echoed by the European Green Capital Award, that recognises that each city is unique and encourages local governments to work with their city to create the best policies to minimize impacts on the local environment and also to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
For more information on InContext and the Public Participation to Co-Creation workshop visit: http://incontext-fp7.eu/events
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