What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

When I Grow up I Want to Be… Do you remember being asked that question as a child? What was the answer you gave? I remember at various moments I wanted to be a tour guide, an air hostess and a judge. But mostly I wanted to be an international spy. The type that wears [...]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on January 23rd, 2015

Charlie Hebdo and The Challenge to Cohesive Cities

The worst start to a year? Has there ever been a worse start to a year? January has always been my least favourite month; long, cold and grey. The only glimmer is the prospect of a new start; the offer of renewal as the calendar page turns. But even that irrational flicker of optimism has [...]

By Eddy Adams, on January 19th, 2015

Happy New Year!

By URBACT, on December 31st, 2014

Funding Local Action Plan delivery

ESIMeC  is one of the 3 so called URBACT ‘delivery pilots’ funded to test whether transnational exchange and learning continues to be useful during implementation of Local Action Plans. The pilots started early in 2014 and run until March 2015 so now seems like a good time to take stock and share some of our [...]

By Alison Partridge, on December 19th, 2014

Smart City +…Turin’s Platform for Employee-Driven Innovation

Torino: Open to ideas Energy sensors to minimize power usage in public buildings; the adoption of virtual meetings to reduce staff travel time; and the establishment of a crack team to modernise local authority procurement methods. These were some of the winning ideas generated by local authority staff as part of Innova.TO, the city of [...]

By Eddy Adams, on December 16th, 2014

Measuring Impacts of Local Action Plans in Cities

ESIMeC  is one of the 3 so called URBACT ‘delivery pilots’ funded to test whether transnational exchange and learning continues to be useful during implementation of Local Action Plans. The pilots started early in 2014 and run until March 2015 so now seems like a good time to take stock and share some of our [...]

By Alison Partridge, on December 10th, 2014

We Need to Talk About… Delivering on Our Action Plans (part I)

ESIMeC  is one of the 3 so called URBACT ‘delivery pilots’ funded to test whether transnational exchange and learning continues to be useful during implementation of Local Action Plans. The pilots started early in 2014 and run until March 2015 so now seems like a good time to take stock and share some of our [...]

By Alison Partridge, on December 5th, 2014

The URBACT experience in Hungarian Cities

The more formal outcome of the participation in most URBACT project networks (with the exception of the pilot delivery networks) for a city is what we call a Local Action Plan (LAP), co-produced by city authorities and stake-holders of the Local Support Group (ULSG) . The latest national training scheme seminar in Hungary focused on [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on November 27th, 2014

Lights on Riga

Riga, Latvia’s capital, was the European Capital of Culture this year, together with Umea in Sweden. Those particular spotlights are almost about to go out, although they will immediately be replaced by those drawn by the European Council Presidency, which Latvia will take on starting January 2015. But there’s still a month and a half [...]

By URBACT, on November 14th, 2014