Urban Community – a podcast about sustainable and just citiesCities play a crucial role in creating just and sustainable futures. Urban Community (formerly Urban Arena) is a series of critical conversations with activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and policy-makers in different European cities who are working to create cities that respond to the twin challenges of justice and sustainability. In its recent revival, the podcast chooses to hone in on stories of community-led initiaitves and share voices which are so deserving of a megaphone!Previously a part of three year project, UrbanA - urban arenas for sustainable and just cities, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the podcast now continues under the support of the Robert Bosch Foundation through the UrbanCommunity project. Learn more: https://sustainablejustcities.eu/urban-community-sustainable-just-cities
When cities and communities collaborate
The UrbanCommunity podcast normally elevates voices from community led initiaitves for sustainable and just cities.However, in this episode I am joined by Kieran McCarthy, a city councillor in Cork, Ireland, and an Irish member of the EU Committee of the Regions. We talk about the importance of collaboration between cities and community led initiatives and Kieran explains how important it is to have a plan! The Pure Cork Action Plan pulls actors together to smash silos and get the whole city working together to address its headline issues.
Just neighbourhood planning
The UrbanCommunity podcast elevates voices from community led initiaitves for sustainable and just cities.In today's episode, Tatiana and Honorata from JUSThood turn traditional city planning on its head by sharing their creative neighbourhood planning method. We ponder what women, fish and children have in common, and ask a group of men to step into the shoes of pregnant women - all with the goal of creating urban spaces that are suited for the diverse needs of people and hedgehogs that inhabit them. Learn more about JUSThood here: https://www.justhood.net/Like the topic? Listen to the ICLEI Europe podcast episode on 'Cultivating the gender equal city' here: https://iclei-europe.org/podcast/
Youth participation now!
The UrbanCommunity podcast elevates voices from community led initiaitves for sustainable and just cities.In today's episode, Sıla from Roof Coliving in Turkey convinces us that civic engagement, especially from young people, is what puts the 'just' in 'Just Transition'. She also tells us about a quirky project in Maltepe that's poking people to think about climate change, and shares her mindset around hopefulness in activism. Learn about Roof Coliving here: https://www.roofcoliving.org/ https://www.instagram.com/roofcoliving/
Snacking on food solidarity
The UrbanCommunity podcast elevates voices from community led initiaitves for sustainable and just cities.In today's episode, Filippos from Pervolarides in Thessaloniki shares his experience with creating a social solidarity net through food and beyond. He gives an honest take on the personal strain of community work, tips on how to lessen it, and a surprising account of how the Covid-19 pandemic boosted support and engagement.Learn about Pervolarides here: https://www.facebook.com/PervolaridesThessalonikis/
Art and culture in climate conversations
The UrbanCommunity podcast elevates voices from community led initiaitves for sustainable and just cities.In today's episode, Amy from HubRen in London shares her thoughts on the interconectedness of all things, how hope is a verb, and the power of art and culture in climate conversations.Learn about the Hub here: https://www.hubren.org/
From UrbanArena to UrbanCommunity: A handover
Ian and Kate are off on new adventures, but the podcast continutes! Sophia Silverton introduces its new focus: sharing the stories of community initiaives for sustainable and just cities.Image by Lucia Di Paola