Informed Cities Forum 2013 & InContext Final Conference

How to create space for change? Rediscovering the power of community

6-7 June 2013, tak (Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg), Berlin, Germany


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DAY 1: Thursday, 6 June 2013

9.00 – 9.30

Registration & Coffee

9.30 – 10.30


Conference opening

Ania Rok, ICLEI

Welcome to Berlin, the capital of transition?
Keynote speeches

Hans Panhoff, Borough Council, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Andreas Steinhauser, Board of Directors, Holzmarkt eG

Creating space for change
Setting the Scene
How can we unleash the transformative potential of local communities? The central topics of the InContext research will be outlined and guiding themes for the conference proposed.

Anneke von Raggamby, Ecologic Institute, presentation

Acting for Sustainability - Act 1
Theatre performance

Freiburg Scientific Theatre

10.30 – 13.00


Facilitator: Stefanie Baasch, Helmholtz  - Centre for Environmental Research


Stories of change
Zoom: Three initiatives that are transforming the lives of local communities

Tessy Britton, Social Spaces, presentation

Chiara Camponeschi, Enabling City, presentation

Melanie Jaecques, Veggie Thursday Campaign Coordinator, EVA, presentation

11.30 – 12.00


12.00 – 13.00

The power of community
Panel discussion:

  • How do bottom-up initiatives appear and develop?
  • What are they good for?
  • And why do people want to be part of them?

Questions from the audience

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 18.00


Making change happen: local governments, citizens and researchers

Interactive session to reflect on the role of different local actors in making change happen, using selected initiatives submitted by conference participants as a starting point for discussion

The focus will be on the following types of cooperation:

  • Local governments & citizens (e.g. co-creation processes)
  • Local governments & researchers (e.g. local city-university cooperation)
  • Researchers & citizens (e.g. action research projects)

16.30 – 17.00



Acting for Sustainability - Act 2
Theatre performance

Freiburg Scientific Theatre

Towards a common understanding
Interviews and discussions following the interactive session



Sunset Dinner on the Rails
Evening at a former railway depot, home to the Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZKU), in one of Berlin's most transforming neighborhoods

Welcome by
Harry Sachs, Co-founder of ZKU

Placing InContext in context
Dinner address
Prof. Tim O’Riordan, University of East Anglia


DAY 2: Friday, 7 June 2013

9.30 – 12.30



Introducing transition management
Interactive presentation illustrated with local examples
Do you want to know how to mobilise a community to help guide and accelerate local sustainability transitions? This interactive session will introduce you to the practice and theory of 'facilitating community arenas, empowering local change agents and creating breakthrough projects'.

Derk Loorbach, Drift - Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

Stephanie Baasch, UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Ines Omann, SERI - Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Frank van Steenbergen, DRIFT

Acting for Sustainability - Act 3
Theatre performance

Freiburg Scientific Theatre

10.30 – 11.00



Local governments & communities – a researcher’s perspective
Presentation outlining findings and recommendations of the InContext project
The InContext team initiated three 'transition arenas' and observed four existing initiatives for alternative living in local communities across Europe. It combines these action-orientated interventions with conceptual thinking about sustainable lifestyles. The speakers reflect on the insights gained and invite participants to provide feedback from a local government perspective. Key Messages from the InContext Project

Anneke von Raggamby, Ecologic Institute

Katharina Umpfenbach, Ecologic Institute

How to govern a city where everyone is a decision-maker?
Panel discussion of local government representatives on the challenges and benefits of co-creation

Facilitator: Julia Wittmayer, DRIFT

Prof. Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin

Mads Uldall, Project Manager, City of Copenhagen

Carles Agustí i Hernàndez, Commissioner for Citizen's Participation, Barcelona City Council

Eva Maria Sköld, Green Party, Malmö City Council

Questions from the audience

12.30 – 13.00


Summary & outlook

13.00 – 14.30


15.00 – 18.00

STUDY VISITS (optional)
Excursions to Berlin’s most interesting initiatives related to urban governance, local sustainability and citizen participation.
Information can be found here