Over the past couple of years, the City Makers movement has been taking off. You find City Makers everywhere, people who singlehandedly initiate change in their urban surroundings and contribute to the public cause. Citizens in different countries and contexts are inspired, either out of dissatisfaction or a strong believe in local social innovation, to take ownership over the liveability of their neighbourhoods and cities. This is a shift taking place all across Europe.

 

But if City Makers demonstrate their ability to self-organise, take charge and improve their surroundings, shouldn’t they also be given the acknowledgement and tools that independently creating such value requires?

 

The City Makers Agenda is a step towards developing a strategy for City Makers, which will allow them to develop their position within the world of urban development and policy making. From citizen engagement to citizen empowerment.

 

What has happened so far

  • – The online platforms Nieuw Nederland and New Europe were launched in 2014.
  • – European City Makers met for the first time in Amsterdam during the first European City Makers Meet-up in June 2015.
  • – Metropolitan Field Trips were organised in Rome, Budapest, Copenhagen, Athens, Lisbon, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and Bucharest.
  • – In 2016 the New Europe City Makers Pre-Summit (February 4 and 5) and the New Europe City Makers Summit (May 27 to 30) took place.
  • – On the 30th of May 2016 the ‘Urban Agenda for the EU’ was established in the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’. The City Makers Agenda is included as an annex in this pact.
  • – The 17th – 20th of Oktober (2016) the ‘New Urban Agenda’ is discussed during Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. Pakhuis de Zwijger started a local City Embassy to connect City Makers to this agenda.
  • Metropolitan Field Trips to Thessaloniki, Vienna and Bratislava took place.

 

What is going to happen?

  • – The networks will continue their online and offline activities.
  • – In 2017 there will be the 2nd City Makers Summit in Athens.