3 & 4 February - online via Zoom

This is no ordinary conference! The Co-designing Our Cities Conference marks the culmination of a 2.5 year experimental project which has developed new ways for cities and regions to bring together the public administration and the cultural sector to co-create public policies. Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) shows that culture and commoning practices can transform neighbourhoods and cities into more sustainable places, catalysing better lives for their communities.

During this two-day digital event, we will present the policy conclusions and outputs of the entire project.

Brought together by a consortium of ten forward-looking organisations, dozens of stakeholders across Europe have been exploring how participatory governance and commoning practices can devise a more sustainable future for Europe.

Culture has the power to impact people’s lives

Participatory governance is a people-centred approach to deepen citizen engagement in governmental decision-making. Participatory processes facilitate communication and relations between public institutions and civil society, resulting in a better quality of democracy. Participatory governance is one of the top priorities in the EU’s cultural agenda for the upcoming years.

Participatory governance empowers people to decide their future

Commoning processes attempt to activate the power of social cooperation to make things happen. In this project, we think of commoning as a variety of collective actions enabling interaction between actors in the cultural sector. Their joint efforts intend to shape new institutional arrangements safeguarding the sustainability of creative work.

Urban Labs

Urban Labs are the core component of this project. They gather together cultural organisations, local authorities, cultural and creative spaces to explore urban challenges in collaboration with other stakeholders. Together, they commit to developing innovative solutions.

Join us to:

  • Hear from keynote speakers who will share inspiring case studies of commoning, as well as thoughts on the future of co-creating public policy from both grass roots, local, regional and European level.
  • Participate in workshops to test out some of the policy co-creation methodologies and learnings that have been developed by the CCSC project partners.
  • Discover recommendations and analysis on future participatory policy-making from the researchers of the CCSC projects
  • Get a first look at the Outputs that have been developed from this project such as benchmarking platform – artsmetric, Online Toolkit and Map of Space
  • Meet like-minded professionals that are making an impact in Europe.


Wednesday 3 February 2021 – 09:00 – 13:00 (CET)

09.00 Welcome by Mieke Renders, Managing Director of Trans Europe Halles (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden), Ola Jacobsson, Executive Officer of CCI & International Affairs from Region Scania Culture Department and Catherine Magnant – Head of Unit – Cultural Policy – European Commission. Moderator Jose Luis Rodriguez (Trans Europe Halles)

09.10 CCSC Background and Outputs by Asma Mansour – CCSC Project Manager (Trans Europe Halles)

09.25 Inspirational Keynote address by Gabriella Riccio with Michela Magas. Moderator Jose Luis Rodriguez (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden)

10.10 CCSC Urban Labs journey with Andreaa Iager (AMBASADA, Romania), Katarina Scott (Lund Municipality, Sweden), Kai Huotari (Kaapeli, Finland), Ola Jacobson (Region of Scania, Sweden), Michal Hladky (Creative Industries Kosice, Slovakia), Flavia Introzzi (Hablarenarte, Spain), Sergi Frías Hernández (CoBoi, Spain) Moderated by Evi Swinnen and Marieke Maertens (Timelab, Belgium)

11.10 Coffee break

11.20 Commoning between dream and reality. Speakers: Michel Bauwens, Michele Bee, Ana Sofía Acosta Alvarado, Margherita D’Andrea, Giuseppe Micciarelli, Will Ruddick. Moderator: Pascal Gielen (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

12.10 Panel: Income to enable grassroots participation. Speakers TBC, Moderator: Maria Francesca De Tullio

13.00 Ending

Thursday 4 February 2021 – 09:00 – 14:00 (CET)

09.00 Wrap up session. Moderator: Jose Luis Rodriguez (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden)

09.05 Policy Analysis Policy Recommendations – Lecture and Q&A by Violante Torre, Maria Francesca De Tullio and Marjolein Cremer.

10.05 Policy Toolkit – Lecture and Q&A byAngela María Osorio Méndez

10.35 Workshops on CCSC project learnings and methodologies

Workshop 1: Multi Stakeholder methodology with Marcela Arreaga Vega from Coboi Lab, Spain

Workshop 2: Urban Labs as strategy for public sector convening for collaborative change with David Ershammar from Region of Scania, Sweden. 

Workshop 3:   “Count’s all in”: Mapping for Inclusive Policies with Zuzana Révészová and Michal Hladky from Creative Industries Kosice, Slovakia

Workshop 4: Urban Lab Study cases with Katarina Scott from Lund Municipality, Sweden and Andreea Iager from AMBASADA, Romania. Moderator: Birgitta Persson.

Workshop 5: Commoning toolkit: Articulating the idea of certification. Facilitated by European Cultural Foundation, The Netherlands; University of Antwerp, Belgium and Zemos 98, Spain.

Workshop 6: The School of Commons with Timelab, Belgium. 

Workshop 7: Kaapeli – Participatory virtual spaces: practical workshop of real life events vs. virtual / hybrid events. Facilitator: Raine HeikkinenWorkshop 8: (TBC)

12.05 Workshop Wrap-up

12.20 Lunch break

12.50 Multilevel panel discussion: How is the public administration at different levels in the European Union is implementing and encouraging participatory governance

Speakers: Pascal Gielen (on behalf of CCSC researchers) with Magnus Lunderquist (Chair of Culture Committee, Region of Scania, Sweden), European Policymakers (TBC), Moderator: Mieke Renders (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden)

13.50 Closing session: Speakers: Mieke Renders (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden) and Barbara Stacher – European Commission. Moderator: Jose Luis Rodriguez (Trans Europe Halles, Sweden).

Who is the conference for?

Anyone working at the intersection between culture, creativity, innovation, urbanism and social impact. In particular:

  • Professionals working in cultural and creative spaces
  • Policymakers at local, regional, national and international level
  • Public servants


Event Coordinator:

Asma Mansour – asma@teh.net

Marketing & Communications:

Madeline Doyle – madeline@teh.net


Ola Jacobson – Ola.Jacobson@skane.se


The event is free of charge. We will update this website page with the Zoom link closer to the date of the event.

Keep an eye on the CCSC Facebook page for updates.