Leading Cities Co-Creation Report
Description: Learn more how local government can improve decision-making by actively engaging citizens, business, academia and non-profits in a process called ‘co-creation’.
Date: 01 October 2015
Author: Leading Cities
Source: Leading Cities
Co-Creation Connectivity: Addressing the Citizen Engagement Challenge
Lessons from Leading Cities
This report was completed in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including Liu Institute for Global Issues Director Moura Quayle, who represents the Vancouver partner of the global Leading Cities team. Both UBC and the City of Vancouver are Leading Cities partner institutions.
This Leading Cities report explores how local government can improve decision-making by actively engaging citizens, business, academia and non-profits in a process called ‘co-creation’. The authors define cocreation as an inclusive and dynamic process where members of these five sectors – also known as the quintuple-helix or Q-helix - actively collaborate throughout the problem identification, design, implementation, decision-making and evaluation of projects and/or urban policies. The report examines why and how citizen engagement processes have evolved from top-down autocratic approaches to ones that are increasingly participatory, democratic and, more recently, co-creative. It examines case studies from a small cross-section of medium-sized cities in Europe and North America and offers insights into how co-creation and technology can be used to enhance and create more inclusive decision making processes. The limitations of technology and of co-creation are also discussed. The report ends with lessons learned and recommendations on how to improve a city’s capacity for complex problem solving and evidence-based policy decisions by involving a diverse set of stakeholders at each step of the process.
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