Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

Inside India’s Smart Cities

Of all the bars in the world…. This story starts in a bar. But not just any old bar. It’s a rooftop open-air number, straddling an uber-modern glass and steel business conglomeration. It’s a bar with a boxing ring, where two teenage Thai boxers are knocking seven bells out of one another, cheered on by [...]

By Eddy Adams, on May 22nd, 2015 at 17:32

Can Marshmallows Save Our Cities?

Spaghetti and Marshmallows…What could possibly go wrong? Ever tried balancing a marshmallow on the end of a stick of spaghetti? Neither had I until last week. Let me tell you that it’s harder than it looks – particularly when the spaghetti (spaghetto?) is balanced on top of a structure made up of other…spaghetti. By now [...]

By Eddy Adams, on April 9th, 2015 at 15:01

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 at 10:30

From Bologna to Europa: Relationships between Creative Industries & Local Authorities

How can a whole city be involved around the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship?  During a transnational meeting of the URBACT project Creative SpIN  in Bologna, the Municipality showed the impact of the long-standing interaction among local public administrations, entrepreneurs active in traditional sectors and cultural and creative enterprises.  The visit exemplified the project’s process [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on May 23rd, 2014 at 14:17

10,000 Employees & 10,000 Potential Innovators

“10,000 employees, but also 10,000 potential innovators.” is the slogan adopted by Turin, URBACT city and the first Italian local authority to pilot an innovative ideas call to staff. Innova.To  was launched in April 2013, with a deadline of 29th May for municipal staff to submit their ideas. The call invites staff to submit proposals [...]

By Eddy Adams, on May 16th, 2014 at 09:30

Tweeting the City: 10 Twitter Accounts We Follow On Urban Issues

Twitter is a beloved place for exchanges on urban issues. Here is a (limited) list of accounts we particularly enjoy following, covering our interests – including but not limited to integrated urban development – in no particular order! @eumayors is the twitter account of a transnational network of cities mayors working toward sustainable cities. @energycities [...]

By URBACT, on April 9th, 2014 at 17:10

Six URBACT „Golden Nuggets” For Successful Partner Visits

URBACT Projects include a lot of study visits, where partners from several cities travel to one network city to get a sense of the project’s context, local actors, successes and obstacles. What makes for a good partner’s study visits? Here are a few tips from the last project Kick-off meetings. 1. Increase Innovation Potential With [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on March 14th, 2014 at 17:19

Towards A European Urban Agenda: Debates Around #EUCities Conference

Storify by URBACT Fri, Feb 28 2014 07:07:28 The ‘Cities for Tomorrow, Investing In Europe’ conference, organised in Brussels in February, aimed at discussing the why, how and what of the European Urban Agenda. Discussions on the conference, the agenda and on links between Europe and Cities spreaded accross to Twitter. Here is URBACT’s Best-Of! [...]

By URBACT, on February 28th, 2014 at 17:12

What is Coming in 2014 for URBACT

As a new year started, the editors of this blog paid a visit to Emmanuel Moulin, Head of URBACT Secretariat. Aside from enjoying the view of Paris skyline the secretariat office in Saint Denis offers, we also came back with a very timely blog post – as it turned out, there will be a lot [...]

By URBACT, on January 29th, 2014 at 18:57

Cities and Globalisation

This week the economist, Harvard professor and author of Triumph of the City, Ed Glaeser, gave a fast paced and inspiring lecture at the London School of Economics on cities and globalization. Many of his comments resonated with the experiences of European cities and knowledge from URBACT networks. His optimism about the positive effects of [...]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on January 24th, 2014 at 16:46