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Programme for the conference Wealth of local communities 8/11/2018 now online!

26. 09. 2018

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Join the conference Wealth of local communities to learn and discuss what municipalities can do to create wealth and keep the money within the local economy. The conference will be held on 8 November 2018 in Poligon in Ljubljana. Many places struggle with local service providers and food producers closing their businesses followed by unemployment [...]

“I’m hearing louder than ever before: possibility!”

09. 08. 2018

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This story takes you to Oberhausen in Germany’s Ruhr area where our jury met to select the 2018 winners of the idea challenge. Get to know the five jurors who combine diverse perspectives on democracy in Europe. The watertower of the train station in Oberhausen, a town in Germany’s Ruhr area, has been transformed into [...]

Island of pedestrians

01. 02. 2018

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Landing at the ferry port of Silba, a medium-sized island in Northern Dalmatia, crystal-clear sea and a decent beach with white pebbles are waiting right next to the port. The nearby café serves as a beach bar, as well as a waiting room for many travellers who visit the island in summer. But, unlike other [...]

Child Friendly City – A City for All

29. 01. 2018

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Do you want to be a child-friendly city? Just take the children in your city seriously and think of their families, older friends, and neighbours while you are planning, designing, and organizing the maintenance of outdoor space for play – and you will get a city that is friendly to everyone. 1.     Remember, once we [...]

Ljubljana: from revitalisation to gentrification

12. 01. 2018

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Gentrification is a highly debated topic not only in urban planning experts’ circles but way beyond. The processes labelled as ‘gentrification’ are very diverse. Each case is quite specific and depends heavily on the local context. The processes may differ between global cities and smaller cities, but the effects gentrification has in cities is quite [...]

17 hacks to make the most of public property in your city

27. 09. 2017

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A quarter of Europe’s population lives in small and medium-sized towns and cities. Hiding away in these places is a wealth of untapped potential – including public buildings and land. In times of budget cuts, this public property can be used to steer urban development, with positive benefits for the city as a whole. Drawing [...]

Cities and circular economy – From urban practices and policies to new cooperation opportunities for cities

07. 09. 2017

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Join us at the conference Cities and circular economy that aims to highlight the potential of cities for the transition to a circular economy. Experts and practitioners from all over Europe will introduce us to the new urban practices contributing to the transition of cities to a circular economy and emphasizing the role of citizens [...]

Want to reduce traffic in cities? These parking policy tools will help

20. 06. 2017

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Parking policy in Europe has a long tradition of following parking demand, and many European cities have ended up giving a large part of their public spaces to parking, at a high cost. It is estimated that on average cars in cities are being used for only 1 hour per day, and that up to [...]

4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

17. 03. 2017

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Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of [...]

Walking Bus and Bike Train to Promote Sustainable Mobility

06. 02. 2017

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As the traffic lights change to green, a long line of children on their bikes accompanied by adults wearing reflective safety vests crosses the road. It is the bike train. A form of accompanied school travel that promotes sustainable mobility, daily exercise, and trains children to become independent and capable road users. Active school travel [...]

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Programme for the conference Wealth of local communities 8/11/2018 now online!

Join the conference Wealth of local communities to learn and discuss what municipalities can do to create wealth and keep the money within the local economy. The conference will be held on 8 November 2018 in Poligon in Ljubljana.

Many places struggle with local service providers and food producers closing their businesses followed by unemployment and numerous social and environmental consequences. Globalization is not necessarily beneficial for the local economy, so we often hear about places that have opted for development that builds on local potentials. Public procurement with local providers as well as the development of local services, jobs, and local currencies are approaches that can strongly contribute to the creation of wealth in a local environment. The key is to keep money as close to home as possible.

Key note speakers will be Neil McInroy from CLES (The Centre for Local Economic Strategies, UK), who will present their experience with encouraging local wealth building in Preston and other UK cities as well as their work throughout Europe in URBACT Procure network, and Annet van Otterloo from Afrikaanderwijk Cooperatie (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) will talk about strengthening the resilience of Rotterdam South with investing in active inhabitants and local businesses in Afrikaanderwijk.

Apart from the interesting examples from all over Europe we will also hear about good practices from Slovenia and discuss how municipalities can promote local wealth building using the resources at their disposal.

Join representatives from national institutions, regional, and local administrations, experts, NGOs, practitioners, and researchers from academic and research institutions at the conference. Attendance is free of charge, but capacities are limited, so register as soon as possible.

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More about the conference: http://ipop.si/wealth-of-local-communities/

The conference is organised by Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Republic of Slovenia, IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies and Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia.

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Institute for Spatial Policies (IPoP) is an independent research and consultancy as well as non-governmental non-profit organization, active in the field of spatial and urban development. It was established with the aim to integrate knowledge and experience of different sciences and practices dealing with space and place. In our work we cooperate with a variety of experts and organizations, including local civil society groups. We are focused on the processes, producing space and place from the bottom up, from the part of an individual, and are emphasizing the importance of long-term thinking. We are therefore developing participative decision-making processes and sustainable spatial and urban planning.

According to Wikipedia, ‘spatial planning’ refers to the methods used by the public sector to influence the distribution of people and activities in spaces of various scales. Discrete professional disciplines which involve spatial planning include land use planningurban planningregional planningtransport planning and environmental planning. Other related areas are also important, including economic planning and community planning. Spatial planning takes place on local, regional, national and inter-national levels and often result in the creation of a spatial plan.

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