Three cities building back better: Madrid, Milan and Amsterdam

EIT Climate-KIC will host a session at the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities to share on-the-ground insights from cities engaging citizens in ambitious energy transitions for systemic change.

You don’t have to work in climate change or city planning to have heard the ubiquitous term ‘build back better’, or to be lectured that cities are ‘at the frontline’ of COVID-19 and ‘testbeds’ for green recovery strategies. (Though we have certainly made these points many times!)

Collaboration, systemic change and citizen engagement are other buzzwords and entreaties, and Google Alerts for ‘systemic change’ are starting to get much more copious, and interesting, including this article in the Financial Times – Building back better requires systemic shifts.

Is it possible to overcomplicate the big picture stuff? Are incrementalism and technological innovation the straw man of systemic change?

It’s easy to think so, but intention and systems impacts matter. Here’s a nice definition from Micha Narberhaus of Virtual Teams for Systemic Change:

“Systemic change is required when efforts to change one aspect of a system fail to fix the problem. The whole system needs to be transformed. Systemic change means that change has to be fundamental and affects how the whole system functions. Systemic change can [in some cases] mean gradual institutional reforms, but those reforms must be based on and aimed at a transformation of the fundamental qualities and tenets of the system itself.”

For this reason, ‘stories’ of systemic change can be thought of as episodic ‘case studies in motion’, certainly at this point in our journey towards systemic change.

So how do we decide which interventions have ‘systems impacts’ and which perpetuate negative patterns or introduce new ones? How can we understand which combinations of innovations – across education, technology, art, finance, procurement, citizen engagement and other relevant levers of change – offer a fast track to emissions reductions, economic health and social justice?

EIT Climate-KIC has set up a framework for working with Europe’s most ambitious cities, to help us map and understand the interacting local and big picture systems that drive unwanted outcomes in cities, and to build portfolios of joined-up innovations aimed at place-based transformations.

Milan, Madrid and Amsterdam are just three of the fifteen cities in the first cohort of our Deep Demonstration of Healthy, Clean Cities.

Join EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop and our city partners online at #EURegionsWeek on 20 October 2020 to hear some early insights from these ‘case studies in motion’ and to register your interest in joining the programme’s second wave, as a funder of ambitious systemic change or as a city government.

Register by 27 September 2020 to secure your place: Citizen engagement at the heart of energy transitions

REGISTER HERE

 
Location
Articles you may be interested in
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Boosting climate adaptation with innovation, an Opinion by Dr. Tom Mitchell

Opinion Tom Mitchell, EIT Climate-KIC Chief Strategy Officer Innovation...

Boosting climate adaptation with innovation, an Opinion by Dr. Tom Mitchell
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Teaching others how talk about climate change made easy with new guide

The EIT Climate-KIC supported #TalkingClimate Workshop—The Trainer’s Guide by...

Teaching others how talk about climate change made easy with new guide
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Green Invest from Stuttgart and Start Park from Florence win Climathon Awards ...

A total of 140 teams of citizen finalists applied...

Green Invest from Stuttgart and Start Park from Florence win Climathon Awards 2020
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
PlenEat, a project that boosts the rural-urban virtuous circle

On their website they define themselves as a project...

PlenEat, a project that boosts the rural-urban virtuous circle
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC’s Open Accelerator: collaboration, not competition

It is no secret that to tackle climate change...

EIT Climate-KIC’s Open Accelerator: collaboration, not competition
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Circular economy as the best short-term solution to boost the sustainability o...

LOOP-Ports circular economy project, coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport and...

Circular economy as the best short-term solution to boost the sustainability of European ports
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Open Call: Climate Innovation Leadership Programme

EIT Climate-KIC has opened a call for the new...

Open Call: Climate Innovation Leadership Programme
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
A Snapshot of EIT Climate-KIC’s Innovation Portfolio

Societies worldwide are waking up to the need to...

A Snapshot of EIT Climate-KIC’s Innovation Portfolio
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Why should countries and regions look to a circular approach?

By 2050, the world will consume resources equivalent to...

Why should countries and regions look to a circular approach?
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan: Three cities putting citizen participation at the...

The Extinction Rebellion or Fridays for Future global actions...

Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan: Three cities putting citizen participation at the heart of climate action
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Partnering with EIT Climate-KIC on the New Accelerator: Call for Expressions o...

We are looking for new and existing EIT Climate-KIC...

Partnering with EIT Climate-KIC on the New Accelerator: Call for Expressions of Interest
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC leads collective efforts to accelerate Madrid’s transition t...

A cross- KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) initiative is...

EIT Climate-KIC leads collective efforts to accelerate Madrid’s transition towards carbon neutrality
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Young Innovators organiza dos talleres para profesorado en España

El programa Young Innovators de EIT Climate-KIC en colaboración...

Young Innovators organiza dos talleres para profesorado en España
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
New online magazine Branch explores the sustainability of the internet

his week saw the launch of Branch magazine, a...

New online magazine Branch explores the sustainability of the internet
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Four EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for EIT Awards

Four EIT Climate-KIC innovators have been nominated to win...

Four EIT Climate-KIC innovators nominated for EIT Awards
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
A LOOP-Ports project Workshop identify and characterise the areas of interven...

Fundación Valenciaport has organised, in the framework of the...

A LOOP-Ports project Workshop identify and characterise the areas of intervention on Circular Economy in Ports
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Cassetex from Bangladesh, Sosei from Uruguay and Carbon Craft Design from Indi...

More than 3,000 entrepreneurs from 56 countries participated in...

Cassetex from Bangladesh, Sosei from Uruguay and Carbon Craft Design from India win the seventh edition of ClimateLaunchpad
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC participa con Promálaga en la 11ª edición de Greencities

EIT Climate-KIC junto a la empresa municipal socia Promálaga,...

EIT Climate-KIC participa con Promálaga en la 11ª edición de Greencities
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
bound4blue’s innovative wingsail technology gathers recognition across Europ...

The Spanish start-up Bound4Blue is unstoppable in 2020. Cristina...

bound4blue’s innovative wingsail technology gathers recognition across Europe
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
World’s biggest green business ideas competition now fully digital, free and...

The three-day Grand Global Final of the EIT Climate-KIC supported...

World’s biggest green business ideas competition now fully digital, free and accessible to all
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Commitment to ensure ‘systematic and structural cooperation’ between the E...

A Letter of Intent was signed today setting out...

Commitment to ensure ‘systematic and structural cooperation’ between the EIC and the EIT
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC to work with Google on Impact Challenge

EIT Climate-KIC is delighted to announce that it will...

EIT Climate-KIC to work with Google on Impact Challenge
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC’s case studies on innovative land use set the stage for tran...

EIT Climate-KIC launches ‘Innovations in land use,’ a collection...

EIT Climate-KIC’s case studies on innovative land use set the stage for transforming whole systems
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
What role can finance play in the green recovery? EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Fin...

EIT Climate-KIC, in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative,...

What role can finance play in the green recovery? EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Finance Initiative ask leading thinkers to weigh in
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
The City Finance Lab calls on urban leaders to help build back better

Organised by sustainability expert South Pole, the competition for...

The City Finance Lab calls on urban leaders to help build back better
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC supports European green recovery with €4 million for start-u...

EIT Climate-KIC is investing €4 million in nine climate...

EIT Climate-KIC supports European green recovery with €4 million for start-ups affected by COVID-19
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
Innovate as if the Future Mattered

  Interview with Kirsten Dunlop written by Alssandra Mazzai...

Innovate as if the Future Mattered
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
How public servants can engage unlikely allies to deliver climate policies

This article is written by Juan Azcarate, Deputy director...

How public servants can engage unlikely allies to deliver climate policies
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
How public servants can engage unlikely allies to deliver climate policies

This article is written by Juan Azcarate, Deputy director...

How public servants can engage unlikely allies to deliver climate policies
CLIMATE-KIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC supported cities – Leuven, Milan, Valencia and Vienna nomina...

Twelve cities are in the final stage of the...

EIT Climate-KIC supported cities – Leuven, Milan, Valencia and Vienna nominated as European Capital of Innovation 2020