The Connectors Society
This is a mobile project. We will also travel to and collaborate with: -STPLN, Malmö http://stpln.se/ -Gangeviertel, Hamburg http://das-gaengeviertel.info/ -Mandril Culture Centre, Maastricht http://mandril-maastricht.org/ -Fundacja Impossible, Wroclaw http://impossible.org.pl/ -Unmonastery, Berlin http://unmonastery.org/
Cities need to be created with and not just for people. This project is a workshop-based road trip through eight European cities to meet partners, and co-organize pop-up interventions in different public spaces with local communities. The goal of this project is to introduce a new form of collaboration between residents and city officials to co-create better cities. It’s based on a methodology we've been designing with Malmö City for three years featured in The Guardian, Skoll Forum and more
Cities are more complex, diverse and fast-paced than ever. The traditional top-down approach of building cities creates a distance between the city and people who live in them. We need to change the way our cities are made if they are to be livable.
We aim to co-create a model for European cities, tested and tried in European cities led by grassroots organizations. We will compile the learnings and documentation from the project into a guide to show city officials, organizations and residents from different contexts what co-creation looks like in a multiple contexts. We will also meet with and document other ongoing initiatives in other cities along the way.
First, we will transform an old van into a mobile workshop wagon to take us from city to city. Based on our open methodology, we will guide partners on techniques of identifying key needs of their local context. Next, we begin travelling to the cities, meeting with the partners and preparing for the intervention event based on the data collected in the pre-study stage. We aim to mediate a meeting between the partner and city officials during this time. During the intervention, we co-host a daylong event where citizens co-create a public space. Lastly, we return to Malmo and compile our learnings into a handbook, published under Creative Commons.
To inspire a culture of co-creation it is necessary that multiple sectors are involved in facilitating the process. This project is targeted at enabling residents to actively engage in their urban environment. At the same time, it showcases methods for city departments to take a proactive stance to citizen-led initiatives. In order to instill sustainable changes the norms of citizen engagement and the frigid decision-making of institutions both need to be reconciled.
Want us to swing by your city and organize a Pop-Up intervention together? Get in touch!