Join the next ROCK webinar on participatory approaches in cultural heritage

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Join the second ROCK webinar of the autumn programme on 3 October to discuss ideas and local experiences around participatory approaches in cultural heritage and how these are contributing to the social cohesion of our cities.

Through the EU-funded ROCK project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to this 90-minute webinar exploring the participatory approaches currently being tested in three cities.

To make sure that urban development in cultural heritage and other areas is inclusive and brings social change, city administrations must improve the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society, confronting barriers that prevent participation and meeting communities’ needs. Allowing for bottom-up ideas in the participation process is a step towards more socially inclusive planning, especially if these ideas are taken into consideration in decision making.

ROCK cities are trialling new approaches to working with communities in a way that is 'sensitive, supportive, inquiring and carefully analytical, challenging but not directive or patronising' - as prescribed when these methodologies were developed in the 1990s. The overarching aim is to enhance the capacity of community organisations to influence the decisions that concern them, bringing a more equitable outcome to the process.

Join the webinar and learn about ideas that have been developed and implemented in Lisbon and Cluj-Napoca:

  • Lisbon Interpretive Centre in Marvila: the municipality is investing in the creation of a living lab to approach local urban issues by engaging local communities. The centre is being created in Marvila’s library through an approach in which the local community - residents, local institutions and bodies involved in local intervention - is called on to participate actively. Its main objective is to gather knowledge about the cultural, material and immaterial patrimony of the neighbourhood, make it available to the public in an appealing, playful and innovative way and encourage the direct participation of communities.

  • Casa del Quartiere: Turin decided to look and get inspired by what was happening in its neighbourhoods. With the network of public spaces Casa del Quartiere, associations, citizens and artistic and cultural operators are working together to transform abandoned structures and vacant land and foster community spirit and the creation of social enterprises.

  • Participatory budgeting for youth in Cluj-Napoca: the city is the first in Romania to introduce participatory budgeting for young people, giving them the chance to take part in this process of democratic deliberation and decision making and decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgets are a powerful tool for inclusive and accountable governance, allowing cities and towns to educate, engage and empower their citizens and strengthen their governance.

The webinar is on Thursday 3 October 2019/15.00 – 16.30 CET via GoToWebinar
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You can read more case studies from ROCK cities in this ROCK booklet.

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