In the challenge of making central Europe more innovative and competitive by maximising the innovation potential of smaller and medium sized urban ecosystems, many smart solutions, technologies and services developed in the Smart City are not used widely because of the lack of knowledge and motivation or acceptance of end-users. This workshop will explore the importance, with the support of 3 experiences coming from URBAN INNO EU project, of involving and empowering citizens, local communities and local creative industries/designers in material research, bridging the gap between government, industry and citizens/local entrepreneurs, as an important step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly economy and society. Inspired by 3 presented cases and other known best practices, participants in this workshop will learn and discuss about the best co-creation methods and the best required adaptations for Smart Cities and medium sized urban ecosystems. The workshop will try to use the “ Scenarios”  methodology over a short time (the workshop duration). Scenarios are narrative descriptions of potential futures that focus attention on relationships between events and decision points. We will engage participant to collect, from the 3 experience presented (and thir own experience) the following items:

  1. Critical issues.Would you identify what you see as the critical issues for the future? Suppose I had full foreknowledge of the outcome as a clairvoyant, what else would you wish to know?
  2. A favourable outcome. If things went well, being optimistic but realistic, talk about what you would see as a desirable outcome.
  3. An unfavourable outcome. As the converse, if things went wrong, what factors would you worry about?
  4. Where culture will need to change. Looking at internal systems, how might these need to be changed to help bring about the desired outcome?
  5. Lessons from past successes and failures. Looking back, what would you identify as the significant events that have produced the current situation?
  6. Decisions that have to be faced. Looking forward, what would you see as the priority actions that should be carried out soon?
  7. If you were responsible. If all constraints were removed and you could direct what is done, what more would you wish to include?

Workshop organisers:

Marco Combetto

Matjaz Getz


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