HEINRICH BÖLL FOUNDATION: BEST PRACTICE FOR SHARED SPACES IN EUROPE

In December 2019, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation with the support of the Innovation in Politics Institute Germany and Polisphere brought together experts on innovation for shared spaces from all over Europe for a best-practice workshop

Finalists from the Innovation in Politics Awards 2019, researchers, civil servants, social entrepreneurs and local politicians came together to inspire and learn from each other how to create shared spaces where politics, society and business can connect and shape the future.

How can we increase participation? How can we connect the digital and analog worlds? In what way can shared space bring together urban and rural places? – These and other questions were the starting point for the workshop. In the first round, the finalists shared their insights and experiences in setting-up or revitalizing shared spaces. During the second round, all the participants discussed in more detail certain aspects of shared spaces, for example gathering political support for a new idea, scaling a project and building trust within a shared space. 

The participating finalists were representatives of the following projects:

  • A NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY STRATEGY
  • ACTIVE CAFE
  • CITY OF OMEGNA MASTERPLAN
  • FERLA AGORÀ – IDEAS SQUARE
  • FROME COMMUNITY FRIDGE
  • OPEN SCHOOLS OF ATHENS
  • QUALITY SERVICES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF GUOSTAGALIS 

The best-practice workshop “Innovation for Shared Spaces” took place at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Berlin, and was facilitated by the Innovation in Politics Institute Germany and Polisphere.