Posts Tagged:Engagement

Citizen engagement in Vancouver

While Austrian politics is becoming more and more of a fake democracy (whether it’s on the military referendum or the Viennese referendum), the Austrian newspaper DER STANDARD leads the way in terms of true participation. For a special issue on direct democracy it asks its readers for their ideas on articles as well as their…

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Connecting in the urban environment

Last week was packed with so many great events that I needed some days of reflection before blogging about all those exciting and inspiring insights. First of all, I attended the Opening Night, City Conversations, and Rain City Chronicles events of the SFU Public Square Community Summit and the Carbon Talks lecture. Moreover, I volunteered…

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Cycling insights and other lessons learned from Copenhagen

Today, I will visit a talk by Andreas Røhl, Copenhagen’s Bicycle Programme Manager, on “Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” at SFU Harbour Centre. As a short preview, I would like to share five insights that I have gained during my visit to Copenhagen 2.5 years ago. In September 2009, prior to…

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180 Austrian schoolchildren demand action from politicians

Renewable energy, electromobility, public transport, airtravel, nuclear power, migration, penalties for CO2 emissions, eating habits, the COP15 climate summit, personal lifestyle, deforestation or CO2 food labels – rarely, so many aspects of a topic are debated in the Austrian parliament like in the “Youth.Climate.Parliament” some days ago. After presenting “Climate protection now!” banners in the…

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