Following Lab Connections, the EU Policy Lab has continued to work on some of the challenges brought forward by our colleagues in the European Commission during the event (you can read more about it in a previous post).

Together with the colleagues of the Commission directorate general for research and innovation and the Waag Society we re-framed the challenge “Connecting digital, physical, natural and social solutions for cities”. Urban areas are places where multiple societal challenges intersect and it is often at city level that innovative responses are being designed and tested. New ideas are being explored by a range of actors – public, private, non-profit organisations, and individuals – in collaborative efforts and in neutral spaces, called 3rd spaces, where city makers can share their ideas or projects. We decided to discuss the creation of a 3rd space for Commission and external stakeholders to meet and join forces to support systemic urban innovation.

On 4th and 5th April we will hold a lab session to test this idea together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe. The objective is to understand what should be the key functions and features of a multi-level 3rd space in which EU policy officers and all relevant urban stakeholders could work on urban challenges and identify new areas for research and innovation in cities.

Registration for this session is open until March 20th! We have limited places available but will post about the outcomes very soon.

Feel free to get in touch if you want to learn more about this activity.

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