CSH–ETH Workshop: “1st City Olympics”

Sep 11, 2018

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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.



Find more information HERE.

Register here for the second planning workshop

Download the Climate City Olympics workshop invitation




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.





Preliminary schedule


09:30 Check-In & Welcome Coffee
10:00 Welcome (Dirk Helbing, ETHZ & Stefan Thurner, CSH)
10:15 Drafting a Strategy: Summary of the 1st Climate City Olympics Workshop in May 2018 (Stefan Klauser, FuturICT 2.0)
10:45 Introduction Round Participants
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 UNFCCC Initiatives and Support for the Global Climate Action and Implementation of the Paris Agreement (Alexandre Gellert Paris, UNFCCC)
12:15 ICLEI & Carbonn.org Reporting Platform (Cesar Carreno, ICLEI)
12:45 Lunch Break
13:30 Organising Measurable Impact (Denis Avrilionis, Compell.io)
14:00 Climate City Olympics Goes TIA Summit? Intro and Brainstorming (Jose Kalayil, TIA Summit & Stefan Klauser, ETHZ)
14:30 Clarifying Open Questions (facilitated by Stefan Klauser, ETHZ)
Next steps in funding a first version of the Climate City Olympics
Organizational Structure of the Climate City Olympics Board and Bureau
Candidates & Election, 1st Climate City Olympics Board
Discussion of Climate City Olympics Memorandum of Understanding
16:30 Ceremonial Signing of the Climate City Olympics MoU
17:00 Aperitif
18:00 Live Video Streaming to the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco



Sep 11, 2018


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
+43 1 59991 600
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CSH Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
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+43 1 59991 600
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