Archives for 2017

Break out of our comfort zones: Play Szociopoly!

How to inspire in a meeting? How to make participants imagine the life of others and of hard choices? In October 2016 I was preparing my next CHANGE! study visit, which was – partly – about how to generate deep insight into the needs of local communities to create meaningful outcomes and thus redesign public [...]

By Ferenc Szigeti, on February 16th, 2017 at 16:16

Walking Bus and Bike Train to Promote Sustainable Mobility

As the traffic lights change to green, a long line of children on their bikes accompanied by adults wearing reflective safety vests crosses the road. It is the bike train. A form of accompanied school travel that promotes sustainable mobility, daily exercise, and trains children to become independent and capable road users. Active school travel [...]

By Petra Očkerl, on January 27th, 2017 at 11:00

Blue Monday: Or why paying tax is good for us

They say it’s the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday. Three weeks into the New Year, most of us have already abandoned our resolutions. The weather is rubbish. And it’s the day the Christmas bills arrive, if you’ve got a plastic habit. It’s also the week before tax bills are due in many [...]

By Eddy Adams, on January 19th, 2017 at 16:05

How cities can rebuild trust in politics through meaningful public engagement

One oft-repeated phrase in 2016 was: ‘the people have spoken’. Despite the myriad of reasons behind voting intentions, the referendums in the UK, Hungary and Italy have all been claimed as victories for politicians claiming to represent ‘the people.’ By its nature, however, this form of direct democracy is divisive, playing into a narrative of [...]

By Claudia Chwalisz, on January 11th, 2017 at 18:09