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Privacy and accessibility among priority issues according to TRANSFORM’s Citizens’ Jury. 

On Saturday, June 25, EU-funded project TRANSFORM concluded the participatory process to collect recommendations from citizens living in Lombardy on the topic of smart and responsible mobility.

The Citizens’ Jury, composed of a total of 24 people, took place over two days. At the end of the second day, participants were able to present their suggestions on data-driven Smart Mobility, delivering the final recommendations directly to representatives of the Lombardy Region.

The Jury, organised by Bassetti Foundation, which is also coordinating the entire TRANSFORM project, opened with an information phase with experts, which took place on June 11, and allowed citizens to gain more knowledge about both technological aspects and ethical and social issues that can arise when it comes to data-driven mobility services. Two weeks later, the Jurors met again and were invited to think collaboratively about issues related to responsible mobility and, from these, to develop concrete recommendations for regional decision makers.

The discussion phase on responsibility aspects related to Smart Mobility took place in small groups and plenary sessions, accompanied by professional facilitators. The results of the discussion among the groups of participants identified six main issues: privacy, profiling (automated collection and processing of personal data), territorial inclusivity and inclusivity for disadvantaged groups, affordability and digital accessibility, accessibility to information about the existence and operation of services, and security, also understood as cybersecurity.

From the considerations that emerged, the second part of the meeting served to elaborate and refine the recommendations, defining their “objectives” and “measures” to be put into practice.

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The final recommendations were unanimously approved by the Jurors, who at the end of the process showed great satisfaction with their involvement in the deliberative process, stating that they appreciated the opportunity to express their voice and feel active as citizens, in an area that directly affects them such as land use planning and related services.

The recommendations were taken on board by the Lombardy Region, which will take them into account in the planning and implementation of its actions within the regional Smart Mobility programs.


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21 November 2022

Palau Robert, passeig de Gràcia, 107, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

On 21st November 2022, the General Directorate for Economic Promotion, Competition and Regulation (GDEPCR) of the Regional Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), Science for Change and the research group OpenSystems of the University of Barcelona will host their final regional event to showcase the outcomes of the Catalonia regional cluster of the TRANSFORM project. This will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the transformative potential of citizen science, to share successful examples of how this methodology has improved public policy, and to present in more depth the two pilots implemented during the project: the first to increase the selective collection of municipal waste and the second to improve endometriosis care, diagnosis and support services.

Do you want to know more? Do not hesitate to register.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The TRANSFORM Catalan Cluster aims to help governments and agents involved in the Catalan R&I ecosystem incorporate citizen science methodologies in their strategies, policies and projects. For this purpose, two main activities have been developed: the creation of a Catalan Think Tank and the implementation of pilot projects in citizen science: 

Moreover, the Catalan Think Tank brought together 55 representatives of the quadruple helix of the Catalan R&I ecosystem (regional and local public administration, universities, research centres and companies). Together these organisations learn, reflect and propose how citizen science can be a good tool to improve public policies and tackle the current social and environmental challenges.

The Catalan cluster is working towards incorporating citizen science as a means of integrating RRI into Catalonia’s RIS3CAT 2021-2027, its instruments and the actors of the Catalan R&I ecosystem.

The RIS3CAT 2030, makes an appeal for comparative agendas and transformative and responsible research and innovation as the main motors for orienting Catalonia towards a greener, digital, resilient and fairer socio-economic model. 

Learn more about the Catalonia cluster here.


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10 November 2022

Chau. de Charleroi 112, 1060 Brussels, Belgium

Three years of TRANSFORM project implementation, the Brussels-Capital regional cluster will present the results, lessons learned and added value of the citizen and stakeholder engagement activities tested within three pilots in circular economy. On this occasion, participants will discover how Innoviris, the Université Catholique de Louvain – UCL and Be Participation, were able to test citizen participation tools at different stages of an innovation (policy) in within public administration.

Do you want to know more? Do not hesitate to register.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Brussels-Capital Region cluster worked with three pilots within circular economy, in a wide sense, by indentifying specific community needs and challenges to address while paying attention to sustainability and inclusiveness of the whole participatory process.

The cluster experimented with two approaches:

  • On the one hand, the cluster has put forward a 360° vision through citizen participation by having applied a methodology of early detection of the ecological and social effects of a food innovation through an academic research project.
  • On the other hand, participatory ecosystem mapping process was set up to understand the tensions between the social effects and environmental impacts of a regional actor operating around food waste recovery. Among other things, this enabled the identification of knowledge needs within this ecosystem.

The incentive role of the public authorities in the innovation activities for regional economic growth is very important in Brussels. Aligned with its societal challenges, the region has established Strategics Innovation Domains (SID) in the Regional Innovation Plan (PRI) for funding Research and Innovation,  developed by Innoviris.

Optimal use of resources” and “Social innovation, public innovation and social inclusion” are SID to which TRANSFORM activities organised in Brussels are strongly linked. 

RRI dimensions are present in existing R&I initiatives of the Brussels region such as co-creation, a programme that supports the exploration, experimentation and production of co-created knowledge for urban resilience.

More information about the Regional Innovation Plan 2021-2027 here.


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