The workshop, organized by CSH External Faculty member Dirk Helbing and Stefan Thurner, will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.
Cities and social communities can be important agents of global change. We are interested in the ways a participatory approach can contribute to reaching the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals, as laid out in the Agenda 2030, the Paris Climate Accords, and elsewhere.
We believe an effective way would be to organize City Olympics, where cities around the world and the regions around them would regularly compete for the best environmental-friendly, energy-efficient, resource-saving and crisis-proof solutions.
After the competitive phase of each City Olympics, there would be a cooperative phase, where the best ideas, technologies and urban governance concepts would be exchanged among the participating cities. Moreover, if the resulting innovations would be under the Creative Commons license and open source, the solutions could be easily further developed by everyone. This would lead to new businesses and a fast and widespread adoption of the best solutions.
Who is the Climate City Olympics for?
Stakeholders of the Climate City Olympics include municipalities, academic institutions, local businesses, NGOs and citizens. We believe it is essential that decisions about urban development be made collectively, with representatives from diverse communities — and we want this to be represented at the Climate City Olympics.
How can my city participate?
With any kind of sustainability project that involves measuring progress. It could be about transportation, food waste, energy consumption, or something completely different!
Why should my city be interested in participating?
To be an important part of an essential movement at a crucial time! Cities and regions around the world would compete for the best environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, resource-saving, and crisis-proof solutions. Participating in the Climate City Olympics could significantly improve the natural environments of cities and release untapped innovation potential for the local economy.
What is the cost of participating in the workshops?
Participation is free, and we can help cover travel costs. Just let us know if you need assistance.
|09:00||Check-In & Welcome Coffee|
|09:30||Welcome by Stefan Thurner (CSH) & Dirk Helbing (ETHZ)|
|09:45||Intro to City Olympics by Dirk Helbing|
|10:30||Smart City Vienna (Brigitte Bach, AIT)|
|11:30||Keynote Block (e.g. C40 initiative, Hack4Climate, …)|
|12:00||Keynote Block continued|
|13:30||Potential Support by the UNFCCC (UNFCCC, TBC)|
|14:00||World Café (led by Stefan Klauser, ETHZ)|
|Organization of the 1st Climate City Olympics|
|Financing of the 1st Climate City Olympics|
|Outreach for the 1st Climate City Olympics|
|Content for the 1st Climate City Olympics|
|16:00||Plenary Session – Conclusions from the World Café Session|
|17:15||Apéro [= Swiss word for aperitif = chatting while drinking a glass of wine…] & Networking|