Biking towards social inclusion
We are happy to announce that the Creative Bicycle Ideas report is here !!
Biking towards social inclusion -> This collection of creative bicycle ideas presents a variety of ideas and initiatives that make cycling an attractive choice for a more diverse group of people, increase availability and accessibility to cycling, change norms and attitudes surrounding women and cycling, and increase cycling’s safety and security. You can read more at our Pedalista website: http://www.pedalista.org/creative-bicycle-ideas.html
Re-imagining Kenyan towns
Urban stakeholders from Kisumu, Trans Nzoia, Nakuru and Kakamega Counties, in Kenya, design projects to improve health, safety, comfort and quality of life for their residents during a Concept Development Laboratory. The 2 weeks workshop was a step in the Sida-funded SymbioCity project in Kenya which is now moving into implementation.
How to start a Bicycle Revolution!
Biking is more than just an environmentally friendly, healthy and cheap mode of transport. It is also a tool for empowering individuals and making the city accessible to all. Together with Botkyrka Municipality, Living Cities and Pedalista consulted with almost 500 individuals and organisations in Hallunda-Norsborg to come up with ideas on how the make the bike more accessible to new groups. The result was a multi-stakeholder proposal for how to make biking more fun, attractive, safe and practical. Next step is implementation!
PEOPLE x CITIES x CLIMATE x FOOD
What is the relationship between food, land-use, accessibility and quality of life in the City? In December 2017, change makers from different parts of the urban food system, and different regions of the world, met to discuss what a city would look like if we planned it around food. The roundtable was the final part of the project Climate City Leadership, funded by Climate KIC Nordic and led by Copenhagen, EAT, Stockholm Resilience Center and WNEAT – in cooperation with Malmö, Oslo, Paris Gothenburg, C40 and Nordic Council of Ministers.
12 Insights for Social Sustainability in Urban Planning
How can social sustainability become an integral part of the urban planning process? This quick guide gives inspiration on how to integrate soft issues from analysis, through vision to action. It is an output of the collaborative platform for sustainable suburban dynamics (Södertörnsmodellen) – a multi stakeholder platform with support from the Swedish Innovation Agency. Read more here.
Women on Wheels is on the move
In many parts of the world women do not ride bicycles simply because they are women. This lack of access to affordable and flexible personal mobility is an important source of gender inequality. Women on Wheels is a project aimed at changing the attitude towards women´s cycling, improving the bicycle infrastructure to enable safe mobility, and reinventing the bicycle to make it more practical and useful for women.
In October 2015, Sweden's innovation agency VINNOVA approved funding for a three year implementation project for Women on Wheels. The project is led by Living Cities, in collaboration with Big Words Publishing, Trafikutredningsbyrån, Göteborg University and Indonesian NGO Kota Kita.
Want to know more? Contact us, or visit our project website:
A holistic view of cities
A more holistic understanding of cities was the focus for the regional workshop of the International Training Program Enabling Local Democracy and Inclusive Urban Development through the SymbioCity Approach. The workshop gathered 25 participants from Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Georgia and was set in the historic center of Istanbul. Each participating city is developing a project for change, based on local priorities.
Read more here.
Innovation workshop on women and biking
In large parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle-East, the bicycle is a mode of transport for men only. If biking could become more acceptable for women, there could be a potential 1.5 billion new users. In January 2015, we gathered Swedish women with roots in countries like Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia and Thailand to discuss attitudes to bikes and biking.
We wanted to find out how biking could be made more functional and attractive to women users. Issues like safety, convenience, attitudes, design and culture were raised as barriers to biking. Getting more women on wheels will require changes to mind-sets, attitudes, infrastructure, and to the bike itself. The innovation workshop was a part of the project Women on Wheels which, funded by the Swedish Agency for Innovation, aims to develop new solutions and products to support this change.
To learn more about Women on Wheels, check out our project website here…
Local improvements in Nicaragua through micro-credits
PRODEL – the foundation for promotion of local development – has supported housing improvements, local economic development and infrastructure improvements in Nicaragua since the early 1990’s. In 2012, more than 22 000 micro credits at a value of over 25 million US$ were approved through its partners. To generate capital for micro credits, PDL Mikrofinans leverages the Swedish capital market by offering bonds to individuals, companies and organisations which are put to use for poverty reduction through PRODEL. Living Cities has joined the Advisory Board for PDL Mikrofinans to provide knowledge on urban development and infrastructure investments.
Social innovations in the urban landscape
The term ‘social innovation’ is on everybody’s lips. But what are they, and how can cities make use of them? Living Cities has launched an initiative to identify social innovations that can contribute to inclusive, creative and livable cities. Successful examples and innovative ideas have been collected globally to serve as a source of inspiration for change agents at all city levels.
Contact us to learn more and discuss how your organization can benefit from the results!
Green Cities in Indonesia
In 2012, Indonesian cities Probolinggo and Palu set out to find new ways of developing their cities for the future, through the SymbioCity Approach. The project, which was concluded in late 2013 produced an Urban Sustainability Review and proposals for inclusive and holistic solutions to the challenges identified. In Palu, the sustainable development of Palu Bay Area was selected as a priority project while Probolinggo developed a proposal for an ‘Eco-friendly village for better life’ as a pilot project to test new ideas.
The project was funded by Sida and implemented by SKL International in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, municipal association APEKSI and Swedish cities Helsingborg and Borås. Living Cities provided project management for the two projects, on assignment by SKL International.
Both cities have subsequently been approved support from the Cities Development Initiative for Asia to take the projects further. The International Center for Local Democracy has also approved financing for a continued partnership between Sweden and Indonesia.
Read more about the project here.
New Master's student
We welcome Erik Jönsson who will be joining Living Cities for the duration of the spring semester 2014, to work on a graduate thesis in Conservation. The thesis will study the links between architectural heritage and urban development in the Hanseatic Town of Visby.
Visby was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. The municipality has recognized the city's World Heritage status as an important cultural asset in the sustainable development of the region. Yet, there is no comprehensive knowledge of how this asset has been utilized since its inscription - or to what positive or negative gains.
Erik Jönsson has a background in contemporary art and history of architecture. He is now following a one year Master's program in Conservation at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland. His primary interest lies in exploring new tools of culture-led urban development.
Delning och socialt ansvar för framtidens museer
En gigantisk loppis inne på ett av världens mest kända konstmuseer – på vilket sätt pekar det mot framtiden? Rebecka Nolmark läser årets trendrapport från Center for the Future of Museums och drar paralleller till en svensk utveckling.
Can we re-invent the bicycle?
Few means of transport are as cheap, efficient and environmentally sustainable as the bike is. In many regions of the world however, it is a mode of transport used by men – not women. If cycling could be made more acceptable, attractive and efficient for women, it would bring huge benefits to both individuals and society. Living Cities and Big Words have launched the project “Women on wheels” which aims to improve the mobility of women by re-thinking the design of the bicycle, and by changing the way society thinks about women and bikes. The project is funded by VINNOVA through the programme Gender and Diversity for Innovation.
Upcoming Pedalista events at Hallunda and Norsborg
Attending a residents’ meeting at Hallunda, and discussing upcoming events and actions during summer. You can read more about Pedalista initiative at: http://www.pedalista.org/about-us.html
Dialogue meeting with the Executive Director
Planning for Sustainable Urban areas
Let's build a city together! Today we're working with experts on water and sanitation from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao. 30 people are in Sweden for a training program run by Niras and WaterAid. Our session today is about what makes a city work, what makes it livable and what makes it sustainable.
Ryd by bike!
Spent the day exploring Ryd by bike, talking to stakeholders and having Persian bread with Hummus in a parking lot. Living Cities and Pedalista are cooperating with Linköping municipality in making sure that the upcoming project Cykellänken will be used by everyone.
Mara Dermitzaki has joined Living Cities! Mara has a Masters degree in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She is interested in a practice that incorporates context and sociology into the field of urban development, and through practical work in Uganda and South Africa she has gained experience in diverse collaborations and networks, as well as participatory tools and methods.
Join us for the 2018 Food for Tomorrow innovation challenge in Skopje!
Do you dream of a sustainable food system for tomorrow? During a 24-hour innovation challenge in Skopje 25 - 26 April we will gather change makers and innovators to develop and explore ideas, products or projects that aim to build a sustainable food system.
The challenge in Skopje will be followed by 15 months of regional collaborations where eco systems of innovators collaborate to launch and implement their ideas and projects.
Apply HERE before 21 March
We design Food for Tomorrow 24-hour Challenge
Entrepreneurs, thinkers, doers, and change agents from Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sweden joined for a 24-hour ‘cook-off’ in November 2017 at Malmö’s first Urban Food Space Gro’Up. Through working, cooking and laughing we together developed the overall concept for the Food for Tomorrow initiative, and developed ideas for switching to a more sustainable food system.
Olivia Svensson has joined Living Cities as an intern. Olivia is a Global Studies Masters student from the University of Gothenburg, who’s main focus is on sustainable development with emphasis on gender- and diversity. Her main tasks will be to generate a global best practice report on how to include gender- and diversity in bicycle planning, and to dive into interesting examples on sustainable urban food systems.
Food for Tomorrow
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Article published in swedish Metro Magazine.