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Coboi Urban Lab Traineeship 2

16 October 2020

Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain

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In October 2020, Coboi Lab organised the second of two Urban Lab traineeships, using Zoom as a digital space for collaboration which engaged 25 participants online.

Background of the Traineeships

The aim of the traineeships led by Coboi Lab was to share a methodology to tackle social challenges as the main tool to carry out transformative projects in the city of Sant Boi de Llobregat. The intention of these events was to start generating an ecosystem of actors who are interested in generating social change in the city, both inside and outside the City Council, to increase the capacity for collaboration.  

The city council of Sant Boi de Llobregat has started a process to reactivate the city – the traineeship two events marked the beginning of this process. Some actors who participated in the city’s pact joined the traineeships to learn how to conduct multi stakeholder processes of collaboration and co-creation. We were pleased to welcome a variety of voices to both of the traineeships events including; public officials, technicians from Sant Boi’s city council as well as Barcelona City. People from within Coboi Lab’s network who are facilitating collaborative processes within their own context were also invited to participate.

The Format:

The first part of the event focused on communicating the value of Urban Lab, inclusive Communities of Practice to co-create solutions and validating the work and value of Urban Labs,  Coboi Lab for the City of Sant Boi. During the session, two speakers were invited to talk about Public Innovation, Creative Bureaucracy and the importance of building ecosystems of collaboration to create inclusive and sustainable solutions. 

Speakers included:

Lindsay Cole is the Solutions Lab Manager at City of Vancouver and a PhD candidate and Public Scholar at the University of British Columbia. She is working with the City of Vancouver to create and evaluate new methods of finding breakthrough and transformative solutions to some of the City’s most complex and important problems, while building and deepening relationships along the way. 

Talk theme: Four provocations for Urban Labs

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City. Its focus is on how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan, and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.  He also organizes the ‘creative bureaucracy’ festival with more than 150 speakers.

Talk theme: Creative Bureaucracy

The second part of the traineeship took a more practical approach and was divided into two sessions where participants experimented with some of the tools included in the methodology, using the same hypothetical societal challenge from the first traineeship. 

The practical exercises took place in small groups of 4-5 participants working with four facilitators, one for each group. At the end of the session, a group discussion was initiated and addressed two critical factors for Coboi Lab at this moment which will be included in the methodology – ‘implementation and evaluation of solutions’.

To find out more – watch the video recording (in English) here.