Let Brussels shine with systemic connections, our journey to OrganiCity.clinic

75 civic innovators and actors will gather on August 10th to approach Brussels in a fresh and different way

Can we think systemic? How can solutions be developed in a real collaboration framework, including transparency and co-ownership?

Gathering visionaries, entrepreneurs, hackers and makers for one day to think outside of the box: helping them to build co-created solutions tackling urban challenges with a systemic approach. We aim at going beyond traditional competition and allow multiple projects and actors to engage in deep collaboration starting bymutualizing resources in win-win settings.

Let us give you some examples of projects who will be developed on the 10th of August. Why not plug in one of these consortiums, or to create one yourself by letting openminded partners know? If you can be of any help, let them know.

Ex 1: Building an opensource database for ecological purpose (tracking air, soil and water pollution) to gather scientific tests achieved, linked to mycoremediation and set up campaigns to sensitivize and launch pilot actions to deal with pollution levels.

Ex 2 Fabrication platform including openbadges and opensource projects catalogue: A universal way to store skills, projects and ideas throughout all the makerspaces and fablabs in Brussels. One passport that proves you can handle your machine, the hours you spend on designing with a specific tool, or the projects you already completed with arduino. Collaborative platform based on github will feed a Fabrication Catalogue so other people can reproduce the design or find the initiative behind every project.

Ex 3: Develop a logistic hub to facilitate the management of food surplus channels, including the collection, transformation & delivery. Through mutualizing resources & competences, the structure aims at reducing costs and having a greater impact in the fight on food waste. Building a digital tool that allows tracking of ingredients coming in, processed and delivered, allowing to assess where the food surplus comes from, with the goal to diminishing the volume over time.

Ex 4: Develop cargo bikes devoted to organic waste collection for biofuel, biomethanisation and compost transformation, including a digital platform to track the waste flows.

Ex 5: Develop a common interface for accounting and social network for innovation ecosystem animation, including administration, agenda, planning, project showcase, accounting tools and channels.

Ex 6: Building a third-party co-owned tool synchronizing all databases from mappings (individual, actors, entities) and understand the flows between actors.

Ex 7: Driving citizen engagement, connected devices/furnitures for public space.

We will leave a space for other clusters to emerge. It’s time to be as creative as possible. Remember the topic spectrum is broad: Urban mobility, Food logistics, Waste management, Care and assistance, Education and inclusion, Crowd intelligence and civic hardware, Future of Work, Digital crafters, Civic media and information, Environment, water, soil and air, Political transparency.

We want to support projects including multiple stakeholders with a co-creation approach. It all rely on open-mindedness of you guys, what about switching together from competitive to collaborative mindsets? We are all surrounded by projects and individuals who could bring us a lot. Let’s at least give it a try to connections.

The facilitation methodology that will be applied by CIN facilitators that day will help you to see opportunities you didn’t see coming, to brainstorm about concrete collaborations with other stakeholders from Brussels and to build an action plan, going even further than just applying to a 60,000 euros grant for tech. These bridges aren’t fancy ‘collaborative economy’ concepts but are nowadays necessary to think how entrepreneurial minds can come together to manage our city in the most sustainable way.

If you (want to) apply, as a project, please make sure you bring partners in the game, and let us know if and how we can help you to foresee synergies with other local players, we can help to leverage these latter. What we definitely want to avoid are standalone projects with no intentions to connect or mutualize around this grant opportunity.

This is when you come into play: you want to help? Your help is more than welcome and needed actually. We believe that everyone can help in the process. Here is what you can do in facilitating this process before the event takes place:

  • Ping interested people on social media or commenting this article
  • Jump aboard our communication tool to reach out to the participants and interact with them, join the ‘#organicity-live’ channel
  • Join us on the 10th of August in Brussels and co-create
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