D9.21: +CityxChange Storytelling Workshops, inviting other LHCs and FCs 4

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The deliverable D9.21: +CityxChange Storytelling Workshops, inviting other LHCs and FCs 4 was submitted by ISOCARP INSTITUE with contributions from NTNU, LCCC, TK, MAI, SB, MP, SMO, VORU, and COL in December 2022. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

This deliverable describes the approach for the Storytelling Workshops in +CityxChange and reports on the Storytelling Workshop 05 held in Písek (November 2022) at the annual consortium meeting.

The Storytelling Workshops are an integral part of the knowledge development and exchange in- and outside the +CityxChange project and are embedded in Work Package 9 – Intra-Project Collaboration and Clustering. The deliverable is contributing to Task 9.3: Extra-Project Cooperation with existing LHCs and FCs through clustering events run by +CityxChange consortium, focusing on the exchange with other Lighthouse and Follower Cities. Led by ISOCARP Institute, the Storytelling Workshops are jointly organised with the Work Package Lead, NTNU, as well as the +CityxChange cities. To ensure an active exchange with other stakeholders and SCC-01 projects, representatives of the projects are invited to the Workshops.

This deliverable is the fourth of five annual reports on Storytelling Workshops and the series aims to report on a total of ten Workshops which will be carried out bi-annually over the course of the project. The Workshops are organised as part of the yearly consortium meetings and intermediary Learning Workshops.

Storytelling Workshop 05 focused on citizen engagement in the +CityxChange project, drawing on recent experiences in follower cities, to enable discussion on the value, approach and optimal procedures for citizen engagement in complex technical projects. The session used a transmedia format in which four videos were made with representatives of four follower cities, exploring their stories of citizen participation and isolating challenges within these. Group and plenary discussions then focused on the challenges presented in the videos, and attendees were tasked with co-creating solutions. Outcomes reflected on the value of citizen engagement in technical projects, outlining the importance of intentful and prolonged participatory processes, to mutual benefit.

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