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Social Life of Cities in Chicago


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Read about our workshops in Chicago and new Social Life of Cities Collaborative with Cisco and the Young Foundation.

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Social Life of Cities in Chicago

  1. 1. The Social Life of Cities in Chicago Nicola Bacon & Saffron Woodcraft 30th April 2012
  2. 2. The Social Life of Cities is a new collaborationbetween Cisco, the Young Foundation and Social Life,to work with city leaders to drive urban innovationand to think differently aboutcreating thriving and sustainable places.The Social Life of Cities project will work at theintersection of urban design, social design andtechnology design to develop and test new policy,investment, and urban design models that can makecities more successful.
  3. 3. Social Life is the Young Foundation’s newest venture.It has been established as a centre of expertise insocial sustainability. It takes forwards the YoungFoundation’s 50 year heritage of work on communitydynamics, including the 2011 report “Design for SocialSustainability”.The Young Foundation brings together insights,innovation and entrepreneurship to meet socialneeds. The Young Foundation works across the UK andinternationally – through research, influencing policy,and creating new organisations, often withimaginative uses of new technology.Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet bycreating unprecedented value and opportunity forcustomers, employees, investors and ecosystempartners to become the worldwide leader innetworking - transforming how people connect,communicate and collaborate.
  4. 4. This presentation1.  The starting point2.  The Social Life of Cities overview3.  Our previous work4.  The Social Life of Cities Chicago: initial thoughts
  5. 5. 1 The starting point
  6. 6. We continue to build neighbourhoods that fail to thrive asflourishing communities
  7. 7. This is a global issue. And one of increasing importance.
  8. 8. We believe we can learn from both the mistakes, and the hopes, ofthe past.
  9. 9. Our tools: a framework for social sustainabilityThe Young Foundation/Social Life Social Sustainability Framework, 2011
  10. 10. Our tools: understanding how places innovate 1  Prompts 2  Proposals 6  Systemic   3  Prototypes change 4  Sustaining 5  ScalingThe Young Foundation social innovation spiral
  11. 11. A focus on lived experience: using ethnography and service designtechniques; understanding and measuring wellbeing and resilience;building on and boosting community assets.
  12. 12. 2 The Social Life of Cities: overview
  13. 13. The Social Life of CitiesOur aspiration is to accelerate urban innovation andreshape the way that city leaders and urban plannersthink about creating and shaping thriving andsustainable places.Co-design and co-produce new ideas and approachesto urban innovation with city partners, connectingsocial design to larger questions of sustainability andviability of cities.Our aim is to change thinking and practice about thepotential of social design.
  14. 14. Objectives
  15. 15. Structure of the programme The urban innovators network Creating a Tailored local new body of projects with thought and individual practice cities
  16. 16. Engagement with global experts (on urbanism, innovation and sustainability) and other cities through virtual networking, TelePresences, and events Profile, by association with a leading network and through the production of outputs showcasing the work.Capturing the lessons fromour work with individualcities and the urban The urbaninnovators network, wewill develop and document innovators Aim to createour experience. This will network opportunities forgive individual citypartners the offer to shape stakeholders to thinknew research and policy differently about tacklingdirections. urban problems. Stimulate Creating a Tailored local ‘creative disruption’ new body of projects with Combining advisory and thought and individual project development practice cities support, aim to co-creative practical local innovation projects and pilots.
  17. 17. The offer to citiesAn opportunity to build a practical understanding ofhow macro city-wide strategies for economic,cultural, technological and social developmentconnect to the experience of local communities.A testing ground for new ways of working which willgenerate valuable lessons for the wider area.The opportunity to make a step change in theirpractice and policies.Higher international profile as leaders in urbaninnovation.Engagement with global experts and other cities, andassociation with a leading network that will showcasethe work of the collaborative and of individual citypartners, shaping future urban policy.
  18. 18. 2 Our previous work
  19. 19. Hands on innovation: practitioners workshops in in Malmö, Sweden
  20. 20. Framing Malmö’s innovation story Data/studies on social need Learn from success of environmentalExternal inspiration, social design sustainability programmesprinciples, co-design solutionswith participants Consensus about need for new approach Malmö is widely 1  Prompts known for its Disengaged communities, green tech poor education, high innovation, in 2  Proposals levels of disadvantage Scandanavia the 6  Systemic   city is also renowned for its social problems 3  Prototypes change that have sometimes flared into violence. 4  Sustaining 5  Scaling
  21. 21. Future communities: our work in Barking, East London
  22. 22. Thames View •  Predominantly low -rise council houses built in 50s & 60s •  Roughly 50% white & 50% BME residents Great Fleete •  Private development built in 80’s Barking Reach •  Private development built in 80’s Barking Riverside •  Location of the new school and community centreOur question: when new residents and existing residents start living together,how can a strong, cohesive community be designed so that all the residents feelthey belong?
  23. 23. Eco Bicester: working with council and developer of exemplar stage to buildsocial sustainability into the ambitious new development, planned to be20,000 homes over 20 years.
  24. 24. Community resilience•  Resilience is the ability of a person, group or community to adapt and ‘bounce back’ in the face of adversity.•  A key component of wellbeing, how we feel about the quality of our lives.•  The Young Foundation has developed WARM, the wellbeing and resilience measurement tool.•  Measuring wellbeing and resilience gives insights and produce a picture of a local area that complements deprivation indicators.•  It also helps identify interventions to increase individual and/ or community wellbeing and resilience, to track impact of interventions and set realistic limitations.•  A focus on wellbeing and resilience reveals a more detailed understanding of the local and city wide situation that conventional statistics can provide.
  25. 25. Wellbeing and resilience in Poplar, East London
  26. 26. Prototyping and testingUsing methods more often used in the privatesector to take apart, test, manipulate andrefine new ideas.Traditionally used in product design – nowincreasingly applied to meeting social needs.Not about designers taking over, instead ashared process with other disciplines and withcommunities.Allows initiatives to be tested cheaply andrelatively quickly, an alternative toconventional piloting.
  27. 27. 4. The Social Life of Cities in Chicago: initial thoughts
  28. 28. Chicago has a proud and flourishing tradition of communityengagement and community organising. We welcome theopportunity to work in the city, complementing strong existing workwith our expertise and experience of urban innovation and socialsustainability
  29. 29. The Lakeside development is an ambitious project that has many ofthe same objectives and challenges as new towns internationally,one of the next generation of new towns that has the potential forsocial innovation and social sustainability to be built into thethinking from the earliest stage.
  30. 30. The site in 1970 and in 1996A challenge is how to spread the benefits of the investment and developmentto the wider neighbourhoods around the development site, supporting localcommunities to be able to take advantage of new opportunities andinnovation thinking, and to create an area where everyone feels that theybelong.
  31. 31. For more information contact