16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Public Employees

When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 2. Are you a municipal technician or public employee? Find examples of approaches, solutions and [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 26th, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Decision Makers

Picture by Wonderland on Flickr When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 1. Are you an elected representative or a decision maker? [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 22nd, 2014

Cities were Meant for People: Change and Conflicts in Using Public Space

Public spaces, as a place where public life and communication unfurl, create a distinctive image of a particular society. The way they are created, used and maintained tells us about the intensity and nature of relations between members of the society. Our presence or absence, our behaviour and the intensity of usage reflect our participation [...]

By URBACT, on August 19th, 2014

A Summer Do-Over

Did we change something, you ask?  Welcome to the new URBACT Blog! You’ll see, it does not just look better: it comes with several new features, of which we hope that they will make this blog even more interesting and pleasurable to read than it was already. Shall we take a tour? For Cities, About [...]

By URBACT, on August 14th, 2014

Social Innovation: My Generation at Work Builds a Bridge Between Turin and NYC

Can the experiences of social innovation realised in Europe be a model in the United States? The visit of Turin Social Innovation staff to the Centre for Social Innovation of New York in the framework of the URBACT project My Generation at Work  confirmed how European cities can be positive examples at global level in [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on August 1st, 2014

“Go For It”: City of Maribor Engaging Youth

  Photo Source: http://www.mad12.h2oteam.com Maribor is one of the twelve cities forming the URBACT network My Generation at Work that aims to promote the employability of young people in a changing labour market, with special focus on enterprising skills and attitudes. Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia and the largest city of the traditional [...]

By Petra Očkerl, on July 29th, 2014

London Markets Matter

   by  [Duncan]  Walking into a meeting room is not always an exciting and stimulating experience. London’s Sustainable Urban Markets consultation workshop early in July was a rare pleasure in this respect – hosted by London and Partners at their stunning river front offices near Tower Bridge, the view was quite simply breathtaking. The sun was [...]

By Alison Partridge, on July 25th, 2014

Where Are You Going to, this Summer?

Summer approaching, members of the URBACT Secretariat were asked by this blog’s editors for books, which they felt had a strong connection with one city or one aspect of life in cities. Here are their picks on Barcelona, Venice, New York, Dublin, Shanghai, Alexandria, Mumbai, Berlin… and a couple of imaginary or invisible cities made [...]

By URBACT, on July 15th, 2014

Social Grocery Shop Grants Access to Organic Food and Regional Products

Partners of the URBACT Sustainable Food in Local Community network recently met in Lyon, France, for a study visit and workshops. Their hosts introduced them to La Passerelle d’Eau de Robec, a social grocery helping deprived population to access to basic and sustainable products and which creates a social link between people in need and residents [...]

By URBACT, on July 10th, 2014

What Does O Jogo Bonito Teach Us About Tackling Youth Unemployment?

There’s something special about attending transnational meetings during the World Cup. It’s a stress-free experience if you’re Scottish, as we are never in the finals! So, in the evening after a recent My Generation at Work meeting I enjoyed watching the games with colleagues from the partner cities. The meeting was held in Tampere, Finland, [...]

By Eddy Adams, on July 3rd, 2014