T-Factor and Centrinno join forces at SISCODE Final Conference

A better Europe requires policies that respond better to societal needs. As a conclusion of 3 years of research and experimentation SISCODE consortium has synthesized the learnings into a pledge – a manifesto – with the ambition to affect and impact future policies and policy making beyond the project. Join interactive co-creation sessions and talks with policymakers, civil servants and innovators to discuss, create, qualify and build the foundation of future policies.

The SISCODE Final Conference explores “Co-creating human-centred policies – for a better Europe” in 5 different theme days, taking place May 3rd-7th, 2021:

  • 3rd May: Day 1. Developing a culture of co-creation with citizens
  • 4th May: Day 2. The power of empathy in policymaking
  • 5th May: Day 3. Letting go of power – How do we make sure EVERYONE is involved in the co-creation process?
  • 6th May: Day 4. Co-creation ecosystems: Enabling collaboration for sustainable cities
  • 7th May: Day 5. A pledge for a better Europe:  Co-creating the future of policymaking

In collaboration with our sister project CENTRINNO, Day 4 of the conference features a joint session about “Beyond Remix El Barrio: The Social Innovation Ecosystem of Poblenou with Fab Lab Barcelona“ co-hosted by Marion Real and Milena Juarez Calvo, IAAC/Fab Lab Barcelona (SISCODE/Centrinno) and  Alejandra Castro and Eva Wascher,  TU Dortmund University (SISCODE/T-Factor).

You can register for each of the conference days here.

The session examines how participatory innovation projects like Remix El Barrio contribute to sustainable urban transformations. The Remix El Barrio case is set at Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC, located in the innovation district of 22@Poblenou in Barcelona. Participants will explore how the project delved into their community with an intensive stakeholder mapping and elaborate on the roles played by the 22@Poblenou district, Fab Lab Barcelona and other key agents of the neighbourhood in the regenerative transformation of the local ecosystem.

The SISCODE team believes policymaking in the twenty-first century is undergoing major changes. The pandemic has amplified already pressing economic, social, and environmental problems, challenging institutions and policymakers to find new and better ways of developing public initiatives and to create more efficient services.

As the world is increasingly characterized by societal issues that are complex and open for interpretation, policymakers need to adopt skills and approaches suitable for handling such challenges.

In this situation, co-creation and design approaches emerge as a possible answer bearing the potential for policymakers to gain an enhanced understanding of their end-user – the objective of their policies.

Creating new solutions with people, not for them, can help drive radical innovation in the public sector. By focusing on citizens’ own experiences and resources, co-creation can help identify truly valuable services and meaning.