In I-CHANGE we work on global level with twelve different nationalities and languages. Through eight Living Labs where six are placed in European cities plus one in Ouagadougou, West Africa and one in Jerusalem, Israel we work in very different contexts, climates and cultures.

The local experiences and research of course provide very useful insights for the local stakeholders and hopefully the cities hosting a Living Lab will be able to benefit from this also on a long term. But sharing that experience across cities, countries and even continents could open for even more learning and know-how both regarding the facilitation and the handling of data collected by citizens but also on engaging local citizens and fostering participation.

This kind of sharing and learning in I-CHANGE primarily happens in the consortium between the partners of I-CHANGE, acting as mediators bridging the local knowledge into the project. This bridge is needed due to all the differences we have. Very little is directly transferable. The climate challenges the cities face are not the same, the cultures for working as a collective citizens and governance together are not similar and the local possibilities and resources are very different. Nevertheless, we can learn from each other!

As an attempt to facilitate this global meeting we are planning two online events, where our aim is to gather the local stakeholders and discuss both the method “citizen science”, the kind of learnings the research has provided and not least the impact the experience has had on individual level. In the meeting we ask the participants to reflect on the method, the learnings and the impact, because we believe that these discussions are important in order to share learnings and inspiration, to create network of interests but not least to qualify our outcome and the project messages to local, national and international policy makers.

Then the big question of course is how we facilitate this meeting between the local citizens and stakeholders across all our national borders. They do not even speak the same language! At the event, we experiment with a system of machine translation in seven different languages for the primary This is something we look very much forward to try. After the plenum sessions we will go into group sessions where the discussions can be debriefed and discussed in local language with local facilitators.

We hope for a lot of participants with different nationalities to show up and try this process and not least to engage in the topics!

Sign up for our online events below: you are all invited.

September 16th 14.00 – 16.30 CET: Life in a changing climate
September 17th 14.00 – 16.30 CET: Changing Habits in a Changing Climate