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HERÄÄMÖ goes Nordic CityMaking Week: Mission-Driven City Development

HERÄÄMÖ goes Nordic CityMaking Week: Mission-Driven City Development

How do we bring the city and services closer to the people? How is it possible to engage people to genuine participation in building a city that works for them?

Writer: Lisbeth Strömberg

These and many other interesting questions were discussed in the first HERÄÄMÖ event of the fall season 2020 on September 15th. As a guest speaker we had the pleasure to host Dan Hill, the Director of Strategic Design at the Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova.

This time our virtual HERÄÄMÖ was organized in collaboration with the first-ever Nordic CityMaking Week, a forum that seeks to bring together people interested in the future of Nordic cities and making them more livable, sustainable and inclusive. We are also thrilled to announce that this HERÄÄMÖ was more international than ever: we had participants from all around the world, for example from Berlin, Melbourne, and Manila! Altogether, we hosted about 150 online attendees on Zoom and YouTube.

If you were able to join us in the virtual HERÄÄMÖ event, it was great to have you and we really hope to see you again! And if you were not, do not worry: the full recording of HERÄÄMÖ is available for you on this page until September 29th 2020, and all of the materials used and shared during the event will remain here for you to browse and wonder at whenever you like.

Presentation by Dan Hill (click the picture!)Picture of green grass

And guess what? I have just recently joined the Sitra Lab team. So, in addition to being the most international HERÄÄMÖ ever, this was my first HERÄÄMÖ ever. The event left me feeling happy and inspired, and it was really a joy to see that it brought inspiration to your morning as well (or evening in the case of our Australian participants). I am already looking forward to our upcoming events: we have some very exciting speakers lined up!

Visualization of the presentation made by Jaakko Porokuokka

Drawing of how mission oriented city planning can be seen from a single person's viewWho is Dan Hill?

Dan Hill is the Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova where he works to enable design interventions to complex social challenges. Dan is also a visiting professor at the University College London UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Previously he has worked in Helsinki Design Lab at Sitra. Dan has worked with urban development issues throughout his career and developed new approaches to building people-oriented cities.

Tackling the grand challenges of our times such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals or creating carbon-neutral cities requires bringing different parties around high-level goals but being able to explore solutions in a contextual manner. Dan Hill will speak about their practical work in how to combine the top-down goals with bottom-up solutions.

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What is HERÄÄMÖ? 

Heräämö is Sitra Lab’s breakfast series in which we create shared understanding of how we might tackle wicked problems with leading experts in the field. The HERÄÄMÖ events are not only lectures but also contain interactive elements where you can network with other participants and share your own thoughts on the subject. The events are open to all who wish to broaden their horizons in relation to positive societal change and who want to network with others engaged with similar topics. 

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