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The Enabling City

Posted by Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos at 22 November 2010 in Collaborative Innovation, Innovative Cities & Regions

Guided by principles such as collaboration, innovation and participation, the pioneering initiatives featured in The Enabling City attest to the power of community in stimulating the kind of innovative thinking needed to tackle complex issues ranging from participatory citizenship to urban livability.

Chiara Camponeschi is a change-maker with over six years of experience in people-powered change. Her latest project, The Enabling City, consists of a Creative-Commons licensed publication, The Enabling City: Place-Based Creative Problem-Solving and the Power of the Everyday, and a web-platform by the same name.

“I am a firm believer in the power of communities to solve their own needs and contribute to larger processes of change”, says Camponeschi. The recent graduate of York University based The Enabling City on international research she conducted as part of her Master in Environmental Studies in Toronto, Canada. “I believe that there are vast amounts of untapped knowledge and creativity out there that we need to unleash to make our cities more open and sustainable”, she continues.

The Enabling City exists to document and celebrate the power of inter-actor collaboration and of our everyday experiences in enhancing problem-solving and social innovation worldwide.

The toolkit showcases a total of forty innovative initiatives across six categories:

  1. Place-making
  2. Eating and growing
  3. Resource-sharing
  4. Learning and socializing
  5. Steering and organizing
  6. Financing

Through what she refers to as ‘place-based creative problem-solving’, Camponeschi sketches out an approach to participation that leverages the imagination and inventiveness of citizens, experts, and activists in collaborative efforts that make cities more inclusive, innovative, and interactive.

More info

Via the Mobile City Blog


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