The POWER project aims at demonstrating that the use of the POWER Digital Social Platform (DSP) could prove to be an essential element in an innovative approach to citizen engagement at municipal level. The DSP encourages the sharing of knowledge and experiences on climate change and water issues (scarcity, safety, quality, consumption) between citizens, public bodies, companies, and local authorities, both within Europe and the rest of the world. This creates an important tool to support the European policy of managing water resources, and strengthens and improves the governance of the environment and water networks.
The use of an effective DSP within a coherent socio-political approach to a specific issue can be key to addressing the challenges which society faces at present. This would result not only in nurturing of public awareness, leading to citizen concern, interest and desire to participate in what may lead to more proactive as opposed to reactive local governments, but also in a more transparent and open form of local policy initiation and implementation. It would also lead to significant developments in inter-municipal knowledge exchange, constitute a more coherent structure to the need for supranational policies to be better implemented at a city and district level, enhanced policy continuity and completion, and the opportunity to further explore the possibilities of Science-Diplomacy.
In order to achieve the aforementioned activities, it is essential that the project’s initiatives are observed by, disseminated to, and ultimately replicated in a number of follower cities who have expressed their interest in the activities of the POWER consortium.
This conference welcomes to Tuscany the POWER Follower Cities and other interested municipalities with the desire that the event will provide the invited municipalities with a series of solutions to the engagement of their citizens in global environmental issues that will affect the future well-being of their communities.
Conference participation is free of charge but requires registration.
Please fill the registration form at this link: https://bit.ly/2TtHC39.
Programme of the Follower City Conference
The leaflet for the Follower City Conference can be found here.
09.30/10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00/10.15 Welcome | Michele Conti, The Mayor of Pisa
10.15/11.00 THE ROLE OF POWER IN CITIES
11.00/11.30 Coffee break
11.30/12.15 THE COUNCIL OF CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT IN SUSTAINABLE URBAN STRATEGIES
12.15/13.00 Introduction to the POWER FOLLOWER CITY NETWORK
14.00/14.45 THE EXPERIENCE OF THE POWER KEY DEMONSTRATION CITIES
14.45/15.45 THE OBJECTIVES OF THE POWER FOLLOWER CITIES | Open discussion presided by Klaus Nutzenberger, Director of the German Federation of Towns and Cities
15.45/16.00 Coffee break
16.00/16.30 THE FORMAL DECLARATION OF THE POWER FOLLOWER CITIES | Bernd M. Gawlik of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
16.30/17.00 Conclusion | Professor Giuliano Manara of the University of Pisa | Professor Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd of the De Montfort University (UK) | Filippo Bedini, Counselor of the Mayor of Pisa
At the end of the conference all the participants are invited to the following activities:
17.15/19.00 Guided walking tour to the Piazza dei Miracoli with the world-famous Leaning Tower
19.00 Dinner at a typical Tuscan restaurant
See this page for directions and venue information.