Sharing Food to Save the Planet: The Unusual Suspects Festival

Apart from Jordan and Even, I don’t think anyone else noticed that the carrots were missing. The two signature dishes created by chef Even Bakke during our workshop went down a treat. Both vegetarian, and one inspired by Iranian cuisine, they typified the exciting things happening in Sweden’s public kitchens. They also provided the perfect [...]

By Eddy Adams, on September 17th, 2014

Urban News from Hungary: Okotarsulas, a Community Supported Agriculture Experience

A number of models for community supported agriculture are known in the world. In the most cases they represent a kind of contractual relationship between one or more producers and a group of consumers. In order to obtain food from reliable sources typically more buyers jointly find producers they trust and who undertake to provide [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on September 12th, 2014

The Trouble with Procurement

Hey, lets talk about procurement. …… You still there? Yes, procurement has a bit of a problem doesn’t it. But if I kick off with – “Hey, lets talk about how cities use their resources to get better results”, then it’s probably a different matter. So what is it about the P word? Surely, we’re [...]

By Eddy Adams, on September 8th, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Active Citizens

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! 4. Are you an activist, a user, a citizen? Be aware of the priority issues [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on September 2nd, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Practitioners and Students

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! 3. Are you an urban practitioner or a student? Know what different cities prioritize in [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 29th, 2014

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