PUSH, as an associate member of the World Urban Campaign and its initiative I’m City Changer, has been selected to coordinate the organization of the first Urban Thinkers Campus in Palermo.The event, hosted by different cities around the world, is promoted by the United Nations, with the aim of sensitizing and creating awarenessamong the citizens on urban issues, and prepare the contents to be presented during the conference Habitat III (Quito 2016).
The Campus is designed as an open space for workshops and seminars, an opportunity to share and promote positive urban transformations. The forum aims to investigate different ideas and solutions, offering an integrated approach and giving voice to the various stakeholders: civil society, public administrations, companies, experts and researchers will meet in order to identify and overcome obstacles towards a smart development.
The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations.
The Campus, entitled City as a Service, will focus on digital innovative services for the cities of the future. The city conceived as a multifaceted integrated service should improve citizens’ lives by ensuring a real-time easy access to information. The use of technology, in the era of sharing economy, can trigger this process and foster economical and social growth.
This topic has a crucial value in Palermo, a beautiful city but full of contradictions, placed in the middle of the Mediterraneansea but in the suburbs of Europe. The Campus can be thus an opportunity to present innovative services as well as effective practices adaptable to similar marginal contexts.
One of the main themes will be Civil Society and Civic Startups. Representatives of civil society will share their experiences in facing the most challenging urban issues through innovative services.