Citizens all over the world can arguably benefit from sharing smart city solutions. In the Porta Romana-Chiaravalle district of Milan, which is a demonstration area of the Sharing Cities project, the locals are avid users of online platforms, smartphone apps, and other conventional communication channels, whereby they can exchange views and best practices. They use these tools to contact local producers; save food that will otherwise be wasted; exploit trusted relationships; find logistics solutions; maximise the potential of shared and intermodal transport; or scale up renewable energy production and consumption.
These and other findings were discussed in more detail by participants in the second workshop on co-designing novel urban services in Milan’s Sharing Cities district, which was held in the city on 11 April.
Eighteen local citizens were invited to this event. The organisers’ objective was twofold: they wanted to identify the local citizens’ relevant habits and experiences in the fields of mobility, energy use, food consumption, and community life in general), and they also aimed to evaluate sharing-based initiatives - digitally enabled services and platforms - that could enable citizens to maintain said habits.
Participants worked in small groups facilitated by two moderators of the project team. The results from each group were then shared with the others.
Thanks to the active engagement of citizens, this collaborative and friendly working environment elicited a wealth and variety of comments and reflections.
The Sharing Cities team would like to thank all the participants for their valuable contributions. The third such workshop is scheduled for 20 June.
Piero Pelizzaro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Susanna Molteni (email@example.com)
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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