The social and political consequences of digital platforms – POWER Industry Panel

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Water governance in the digital age

The social and political consequences of digital platforms – POWER Industry Panel

1 October 2018 @ 15:00 – 18:30 Europe/Madrid
Escuela Industrial
Carrer Comte d'Urgell
08036 Barcelona
The social and political consequences of digital platforms - POWER Industry Panel @ Escuela Industrial | Barcelona | Catalunya | Spain

The social and political consequences of digital platforms – POWER Industry Panel

The combination of social, technological and political innovation might be a more effective solution to tackle the current environmental issues than traditional policy  mechanisms. In particular, the sustainable cities of the XXI Century will have had to resolve the many challenges related to water, from scarcity to flooding, from quality to conservation. The present Industry Panel aims at providing an insight on how technology can empower industry and municipalities. Specifically, we introduce and discuss how digital social platforms (DSP), such as the one provided by the EU-funded POWER project, can be exploited to enable large-scale social innovation, with particular focus on the water management.

Water governance in the digital age – how technology can empower industry and municipalities

Program of the Panel
Program of the Industry Panel
15.15 Welcome participants
15.30 Presentation of POWER – CUBIT
15.45 Introduction of discussion topic: The social and political consequences of POWER – Richard Elelman

16.25 Discussion session with participants of the audience – moderator: Richard Elelman
Topic: how governance analysis can be applied to the different municipalities

17.15 Introduction of second discussion topic: presentation by Selma Mergner about climate change adaptation and heavy rain
17.30 Discussion session with participants of the audience – moderator Wolfgang Hofstetter
Topic: how new technologies and in the specific the DSP can help in climate change adaptation for Industries and municipalities

18.15 Concluding remarks by POWER consortium – CUBIT
18.30 Close of the panel

Participation is free. Booking is recommended via Facebook -> 

Recinte Escola Industrial
Carrer Comte d’Urgell, 217, 08036 Barcelona

Many ICT services are being developed to tackle social challenges but their deployment is hampered by the fact that both social and economic actors are often reluctant to adapt to new implementation tools, institutional arrangements and regulations. Broad-based innovation is required to overcome resistance to new approaches. POWER Water Community Platforms provide a tool to support this vital engagement and water governance.

During the event, participants will be able to join the POWER project and become active members of the community and contribute to a direct participatory process. The sharing of knowledge, opinions, and best practices about different local issues will be facilitated and social innovation by the ‘network effect’ will be reached. We will bring together researchers and  experts from diverse backgrounds to share their views on the digital platforms in an open dialogue and we will identify strengths and barriers of this approach.

The session will be run as a roundtable, as such experts from different fields will be discussion pressing questions about each topic and will be receiving questions from the audience and also from social media.

About our speakers:

Dr. Richard Elelman studied Politics in the UK before living in France, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Sudan and India. He is currently Head of Public Administrations at EURECAT-CTM, and is the founder and Director General of the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities, NETWERC H2O. The former Deputy Mayor of Figueres, he is a political analyst who has, in recent years, specialised in Environmental and Scientific Policy and the links between Public Administrations, the world of Research and Development, Diplomacy and Citizen Engagement. He has worked in collaboration with many supranational organisations as well as public authorities in different countries and is a regular speaker at numerous international conferences in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is at present a member of the EIP WATER Steering Group, the Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 BlueSCities project, the creator and leader of the Dubrovnik Declaration of Intent and is currently preparing the launch of the political mechanism, CONCENSUS.

Selma Mergner works for the City of Worms, Germany, on the protection of the environment with special attention to adaptation to climate change. She studied Sustainable Economy in the Master’s degree, in Bachelor’s degree Philology Románica, Business Administration and Pedagogy. Prior to her studies, she spent a year in Peru, where she completed a voluntary social year. Since November 2017 she has been implementing the concept of adaptation to climate change for the City of Worms. It consists of 48 concrete measures aimed at Worms in 13 fields of action (from urban planning, agriculture, biodiversity, forestry, industry, tourism, urban green areas and transport infrastructure to the protection of the population). Ongoing projects are being carried out in the fields of heat and heavy rain, health and awareness connected to climate impacts. These include the Regen // Sicher // Worms project, which aims to raise public awareness concerning the consequences of heavy rains. Another project is the KlimaFolgenDialog (Dialogue on Climate Change Consequences), in which companies focus on adaptation measures.

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