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Report on first Citizen and User-Centred Solutions Workshop for the Future Cities Program

Rachel is leading the Citizen and User-centred Solutions for the Future Cities program and organised the first of two events on Monday 16th July to discuss the challenges and the top priorities for the catapult to focus on, and make recommendations to the Technology Strategy Board. It was attended by representatives of local governments, government agencies, people-centred design, technologists, architects and planners. During a very interesting discussion, four top priorities emerged for the Catapult:


1.     Open up public service procurement to SMEs

a.     Build effective partnerships and longer term engagements with SMEs

b.     Build procurement consortia and mandate the involvement of SMEs

c.      Offer smaller contracts, reduce the effort required to submit a proposal and build up the expertise in SMEs about public service contracts and projects

d.     Create the confidence in public service organisations to engage SMEs by for example, sharing best practice


2.     Manage the opening up of systems, data and culture

a.     Use mandating and regulatory frameworks to ensure this opening up

b.     Include corporations, public organisations and individuals systems and data

c.      Consider privacy, security and robustness issues

d.     Demonstrate economic growth by opening up systems and data


3.     Regenerate areas and spaces by engaging with the creative industries

a.     Use soft interventions, such as the use of transitional spaces, to encourage the creative industries to locate

b.     Share best practice but allow variability and difference for each area, bearing in mind there is no blueprint


4.     Connect people and communities with systems

a.     Develop ownership by decentralising systems

b.     Make systems playful and enjoyable

c.      Involve people by running events, festivals, markets, cooperatives to draw people together

d.     Consider each city, each area, each street as unique


If you have any comments, please let us know.



2 people have had something to say so far

What's a "transitional space"? (3a). Is it an architectural term meaning the space between interior and exterior?

Is it the space between psychic and external reality?

And how will the "use" of them encourage creative industries to locate?
Posted on 27/07/12 10:06.
Thanks for your comment. When I say transitional space, I mean the reuse and re-purpose of empty spaces in communities. Organizations such as Meanwhile Space work with landlords to relieve them temporarily of some of the liabilities associated with holding redundant shops, offices, etc. and work with local communities to reanimate the space and provide opportunities for community benefit and social enterprise.
Posted on 02/08/12 14:04 in reply to Daniel Carins.

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