The 6th Living Knowledge Network conference took place April 9-11 in Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus on Civil Society-based Innovation, Co-creation and Participation, attended by over 250 delegates from all over the world. The network is set up for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members use the network platform and its tools for documentation and to exchange information, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general. The networks activities range from strategic networking to training of individual skills and from information to mentoring of old and new practitioners in public engagement with research. I participated in the poster session, sharing the major results and outcomes of the 5 Higher Education in the World Report on Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change. Over 50 people attended the session, which included an interactive, ‘world café’ style workshop. Some of the highlights from discussions included the need for a common language, typology of Community Engagement to advance models globally. There were also discussions on the need for better training tools for PAR methodology and better recognition for practitioners in CBR.
I was fortunate to attend a special pre-conference sustainability tour and community mapping exchange with the City of Malmo, Sweden in Malmo, Sweden April 7th-8th, 2014. The tour was sponsored by Regional Education for Sustainable Development, Copenhagen and Malmo City Planning, Community Mapping and Green Mapmakers (Green Map / Common Ground). The tour featured Participatory Planning and Sharing Economy sites, and new strategies for improving the quality of life and outcomes on the communities and local authorities in the city of Malmo. The workshop highlighted current action and innovation in the community and global mapmaking movements, and included presentations on the Global Greenmap movement, participatory planning and community-campus strategies for collaboration.
The City of Malmö has vast experience from participatory planning and mapping. In recent years, city planners have tried new methods for reaching out to citizens and getting their opinions. New arenas have been used, for example to make simple dialogue meetings at local meetings points, supermarkets, etc. There have also been planning processes where a specific target group, for example young women have been engaged to design public space in their neighborhood. In some processes, young students mapped their neighborhoods and then made models suggesting the future development of the area, which were then taken into account in the official plans. The work on developing methods for participatory planning is an ongoing process.
For more information on sustainability and planning in the City of Malmo and Copenhagen please visit:
Öresundsklassrummet – City of Copenhagen city, the Malmö Museum and Malmö University about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): http://www.oresundsklassrummet.eu/
English Movie: http://vimeo.com/16328721
“Sharing Copenhagen” (Europes Green Capital) the campaign going on in Copenhagen all of next year: http://subsite.kk.dk/sitecore/content/Subsites/CityOfCopenhagen/SubsiteFrontpage/LivingInCopenhagen/ClimateAndEnvironment/GreenCapital.aspx