Who is behind this?

esaú acosta

Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Informal initiatives impacting their local realm emerge as disrupters of city crafting. They become mediators between empowerment & participation. CIVICs unveils their dynamics, genuine values, impacts, intra and ultra-metropolitan functional links for fostering an articulated, enriched spread

Where will your idea take place?

Madrid, Spain, Toulouse, France, Mexico, Mexico

Why does Europe need your idea?

The idea is already out there as wetraders… and other projects prove.
CIVICs is a concrete practical approach for materializing it into the urban grounds.
It is VIC’s way for capitalizing on 6-year work with informality: a hybrid, open approach based in collective on-site sessions and a digital façade, which evolve continuously as the dynamics spread.
It pass through a sustainable professionalization of the informal realm, grounded on the collective intelligence cumulated doing the identification, characterization, jointly work and analysis of initiatives, non-stop in Madrid and in networking collaborations ongoing across EU and LATAM.
The focus on impacts and genuine, mostly yet to unveil, values is universal, which actually is fuel for a functional ultra-metropolitan network

What is your impact?

The aim is rolling out a local urban-disruption working network in any city.
It means deploy and operate a lean approach program focused on the evolution of formal and informal practices for integrating disruption’s value-based innovation. Several teams of citizens, private and public pros collaborating in a set of dynamics to visualize, work, analyze, learn and implement new knowledge in the constant craft of the city, while naturally refining the channels, spaces and the civil, politic and economic bodies of collective reflection and sustainable civic entrepreneurship. This mutual, collective program shares and enriches innovation practices and values, consolidating it.

It also means you in a city making up a geo-agenda based on where you decide your contribution to the urban craft go

How do you get there?

Identifying and making visible indigenous sources of urban innovation comes first. It unveils relevant values and practices for a collective self-assessment and potential linkages
Focus passes to selecting most promising projects as demonstrators of value-coded interventions for crafting the city and its politics
A team of citizens, private and public pros organized according to expertise works jointly in the lean approach
Check-out milestones of targets accomplishment and lessons learned enable actions over the rapid-prototype demonstrators
Whole process supports the digital toolkit and its simultaneous development in a recursive mode. Digital façade fosters openness, integration
The result is an operating network with bottom-up effective participation, in organic development

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What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 197000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

It is already going on in Madrid and Mexico (DF and Guanajuato). Following We traders… we aim at Toulouse and Bordeaux. The plan is to spread the dynamics using the consolidate linkages of VIC across EU and LATAM -via SEGIB’s ciudadania 2.0 project and the cultural centers of Spain over the region



Idea created on April 7, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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