Co-designing Our Cities Conference

Cultural spaces as homes for democracy

Registrations for the event will open on Thursday 14 January 2021.

When is the conference?

Wednesday 3 February 2021 – 09:00 – 13:00 (CET)

Thursday 4 February 2021 – 09:00 – 14:00 (CET)

Where is the conference taking place?

Online via Zoom

This is no ordinary conference! The Co-designing Our Cities Conference marks the culmination of a 2.5 year experimental project which has developed new ways for cities and regions to bring together the public administration and the cultural sector to co-create public policies. Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) shows that culture and commoning practices can transform neighbourhoods and cities into more sustainable places, catalysing better lives for their communities.

During this two-day digital event, we will present the policy conclusions and outputs of the entire project. 

Brought together by a consortium of ten forward-looking organisations, dozens of stakeholders across Europe have been exploring how participatory governance and commoning practices can devise a more sustainable future for Europe.

Culture has the power to impact people’s lives

Participatory governance is a people-centred approach to deepen citizen engagement in governmental decision-making. Participatory processes facilitate communication and relations between public institutions and civil society, resulting in a better quality of democracy. Participatory governance is one of the top priorities in the EU’s cultural agenda for the upcoming years.

Participatory governance empowers people to decide their future

Commoning processes attempt to activate the power of social cooperation to make things happen. In this project, we think of commoning as a variety of collective actions enabling interaction between actors in the cultural sector. Their joint efforts intend to shape new institutional arrangements safeguarding the sustainability of creative work.

Urban Labs

Urban Labs are the core component of this project. They gather together cultural organisations, local authorities, cultural and creative spaces to explore urban challenges in collaboration with other stakeholders. Together, they commit to developing innovative solutions. 

Join us to:

  • Hear from keynote speakers who will share inspiring case studies of commoning, as well as thoughts on the future of co-creating public policy from both grass roots, local, regional and European level. 
  • Participate in workshops to test out some of the policy co-creation methodologies and learnings that have been developed by the CCSC project partners. 
  • Discover recommendations and analysis on future participatory policy-making from the researchers of the CCSC projects
  • Get a first look at the Outputs that have been developed from this project such as benchmarking platform – artsmetric, Online Toolkit and Map of Space
  • Meet like-minded professionals that are making an impact in Europe.

Who is the conference for?

Anyone working at the intersection between culture, creativity, innovation, urbanism and social impact. In particular:

  • Professionals working in cultural and creative spaces
  • Policymakers at local, regional, national and international level
  • Public servants


Event Coordinator:

Asma Mansour –

Marketing & Communications:

Madeline Doyle –


Ola Jacobson –

Programme to be announced soon!


The event is free of charge. We will update this website page with the Zoom link closer to the date of the event.

Keep an eye on the CCSC Facebook page for updates. 

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