In the near future, 68 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Cities are the places where global challenges are concentrated and intensified – from climate change and mobility, to integration and safety, to threats to democracy and social cohesion as a result of increasing fragmentation.
Numerous success stories show, however, that positive impact can be most quickly achieved at the local level – and by involving all stakeholders. Therefore, we promote the development and spread of scalable solutions for resilient, intelligent, sustainable, and equitable (RISE) cities. Our key tools are intensive workshops and networking events.
In addition, we are in the process of developing a program for Responsible Leadership of RISE Cities, which allows us to share best practice examples from all over the world. In 2020 and 2021, our particular focus will be on forms of mobility attuned to the holistic needs of citizens. This topic touches on and overlaps with other key challenges: from reducing environmental pollution to social mobility and access to affordable housing to inclusive urban planning. In 2021, we want to roll out the RISE program in Europe and later worldwide.
“To go forward, we will need more civic engagement and constructive stakeholder dialogues in and between cities on paradigm shifts and tech-driven solutions and we will have to identify and build bridges between top-down and bottom-up approaches.” – Vanessa Evans, Director NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity, Singapore, and one of the partners of the RISE program
Together with our cooperation partner Impact Hub, we are taking Denkraum, a one-day think tank tested in Germany, to the European level. In 2020, this format will be held in Munich but also in Amsterdam, Madrid, and Athens, with 50 to 60 participants from each city. Each Denkraum concludes with the concrete further development of solutions for local problems as well as new contacts and alliances for support.
Moreover, our three-day Responsible Leaders Labs bring together 30 international leaders from business, academia, government, public administration, NGOs, media, and the cultural sector to work on concrete solutions for sustainable cities. Because of their length and trusting atmosphere, the Labs offer participants an opportunity to learn from each other and network for joint projects.