The smarticipate project is using its experiences and expertise to contribute to debates on open governance and smart cities in Europe. Project partners have attended a number of events in recent months, providing input and helping to shape the open governance conversation.

The City of Wrocław (Poland) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability held the 22nd Breakfast at Sustainability’s meeting on 13 March 2017 in Brussels (Belgium) on the topic of participatory budgeting and civic crowdfunding for green cities. Smarticipate partner Ania Rok of ICLEI moderated the event.

The session looked at how good ideas can transform cities into better, greener places to live. Lively discussions were held on how tools such as participatory budgeting and civic crowdfunding can transform urban governance, mobilise local communities and create a new culture of co-creation. Real-life examples of open governance from Antwerp (Belgium), Aarhus (Denmark) and Wrocław were provided. The smarticipate report Open Governance in the Smart City was distributed and discussed at the event.

Smarticipate was also present at the event “Smart City Governance: building new solutions, exploiting the potentials“, held in Brussels. The event’s primary focus was how to maximise the exploitation potentials of smart city governance solutions in Europe. The well attended event explored the development of new business models, and the link between smart cities and sustainability. Project partner David Ludlow of the University of the West of England coordinated the meeting.