Creative citizenship


Creative citizenship working group looks at how cities and citizens can co-create solutions to adress local challenges. It explores how this co-creation process drives innovation, reinforces local democracy and contributes to upgrading local public administrations.

The objectives of this working group are to:
  • Support the efforts made by cities to embrace and widen citizens’ participation
  • Exchange knowledge and experience between cities on creative and collaborative ways to connect with their citizens
  • Explore how innovative methods can process civic engagement into positive and practical input for city services and regulations
More specifically the working group focuses on:
  • Collecting ideas and solutions from citizens and community groups. Members share examples of tools that city administration can use to collect ideas, new knowledge and solutions from civil society and citizens to help tackle pressing needs and challenges.
  • Connecting initiatives, groups and sponsors. The group looks at how the city administration can act as a facilitator to connect relevant local initiatives and put sponsors in touch with community groups in order to resource and empower citizens’ activities.
  • Evaluating creativity and innovation in local urban solutions. The group looks at methods and tools to assess the ideas and solutions from citizens and community groups. Some community practices stand out for their high impact, on both the quality of everyday life and with their potential to shake up city governance. 
  • Incorporating innovative ideas and solutions into the functioning of the city administration. New ideas for solutions from citizens and community groups can become drivers of innovation, disrupting traditional practices and transforming local public services. The working group looks at examples of how this happens, including the role of local civil servants as facilitators of the local co-creation process. 
Expected outputs:
  • Mutual understanding between cities of how cities engage with their citizens, including the practical tools (on and off-line) for this engagement
  • Increased awareness at EU, national and city level of the benefits and impact of reconnecting people with the local political structures
  • Better knowledge of local participatory processes that are transferable between cities
  • More broadly to contribute to reestablishing trust in the local political structures through increased engagement of citizens in local development