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Civic Forges: Weaving Neighbourhoods

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The Civic Forges: Weaving Neighbourhoods project investigates new methods in order to move towards societal transformation. The project aims to realise “platforms” in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Umeå (Sweden) and eventually other European cities that


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The Civic Forges: Weaving Neighbourhoods project investigates new methods in order to move towards societal transformation. The project aims to realise “platforms” in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Umeå (Sweden) and eventually other European cities that dynamically engage citizens in creating self- empowered and sustainable communities. Because true sustainability and wellbeing cannot be created on an individual level only, it requires behavioural change on a societal level too, where the collective is more important than the individual. If we want different people to work together on local solutions for local issues that stem from greater global issues, we believe it is necessary to involve citizens, and trust and empower them through their skills in shaping the future of their own city. Since the city of Eindhoven shares this dream of self- empowerment and sustainability, they co-funded this two-year project.
The golden diamond of local governance, businesses, universities and especially citizens, is the basis of a community and the essential foundation from which society is able to transform. In this Civic Forges project we explored and developed communal gatherings and platforms that precisely engage these stakeholders. By using the different partners of the golden diamond as catalysers of innovation, the project strives to create self- empowered and sustainable communities, which are essential to create opportunities to face our modern-day challenges.

We like to thank the City of Eindhoven, the Department of Industrial Design, TU/e, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, the Artistic Development fund of the Umeå Institute of Design and the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations for financially supporting the Civic Forges project.

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