5 \ How to better develop cities together?

In this episode, we meet Johanna Sinkkonen, the participation manager of the City of Helsinki. Johanna is also writing her doctoral thesis at the University of Tampere related to municipal participation and democracy.

In the episode, we talk with Johanna about co-development and improving cooperation in the design of cities. We focus especially on how cooperation can be improved within the city organisation.

"There are rarely such phenomena in cities that could be solved by one profession or part of the organisation, but they must involve a wide variety of actors. It requires that we together articulate the question or challenge that we are about to solve."

Material recommendations by Johanna:

Kansalaiset kaupunkia kehittämässä

Bäcklund Pia, Häkli Jouni & Schulman Harry, Tampere University Press

Short summary of the episode:

The podcast episode delves into the possibilities of digitisation and urban design in the participation of city residents and the development of the city. The discussion revolves around the need to listen to citizens and how cities must be open to multiple voices. In the episode, Johanna Sinkkonen highlights the importance of low-threshold participation and utilising the expertise and experience of the city's residents in the development of the city.

Successful urban design and co-development projects in Helsinki are also discussed. The goal in Helsinki is to create a culture of joint problem-solving where residents and different actors in the public sector can broaden their vision of their work to a wider whole. Internal co-development is reflected externally to the residents, increasing their commitment and legitimacy to the decisions made.

Johanna details some practical action items that cities can take to involve residents more widely, such as offering participation opportunities at an earlier stage throughout the entire process. She also mentions the need to experiment with joint development and increase resources for resident cooperation while lowering the threshold to participate in development.

For those looking to increase their understanding of urban design and co-development, Johanna suggests holding an urban design workshop for the city's management and key personnel. She also recommends assembling a pilot group of city residents and employees to come up with a new service concept together.

In summary, with the help of urban design and co-development, cities can find new and innovative solutions for the development of the city and improve engagement from their residents. In the podcast episode, Johanna provides inspiring and professional insights for cities looking to improve their approach to urban design and co-development.

Guest: Johanna Sinkkonen, Participation Manager, City of Helsinki

Material recommendations by Johanna:

Kansalaiset kaupunkia kehittämässä

Bäcklund Pia, Häkli Jouni & Schulman Harry, Tampere University Press

Short summary of the episode:

The podcast episode delves into the possibilities of digitisation and urban design in the participation of city residents and the development of the city. The discussion revolves around the need to listen to citizens and how cities must be open to multiple voices. In the episode, Johanna Sinkkonen highlights the importance of low-threshold participation and utilising the expertise and experience of the city's residents in the development of the city.

Successful urban design and co-development projects in Helsinki are also discussed. The goal in Helsinki is to create a culture of joint problem-solving where residents and different actors in the public sector can broaden their vision of their work to a wider whole. Internal co-development is reflected externally to the residents, increasing their commitment and legitimacy to the decisions made.

Johanna details some practical action items that cities can take to involve residents more widely, such as offering participation opportunities at an earlier stage throughout the entire process. She also mentions the need to experiment with joint development and increase resources for resident cooperation while lowering the threshold to participate in development.

For those looking to increase their understanding of urban design and co-development, Johanna suggests holding an urban design workshop for the city's management and key personnel. She also recommends assembling a pilot group of city residents and employees to come up with a new service concept together.

In summary, with the help of urban design and co-development, cities can find new and innovative solutions for the development of the city and improve engagement from their residents. In the podcast episode, Johanna provides inspiring and professional insights for cities looking to improve their approach to urban design and co-development.

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