Method for tackling City Challenges

2019 - 2020
5 minuts

A tool to respond to city challenges in a collaborative way

Coboi lab is a relational, knowledge, and prototyping space to face social challenges in a collaborative way in the territory.

To fulfill this role, Coboi lab has worked during 2019 and 2020 to conceptualize and design a transversal and transferable method that guides the processes of ideation, design, prototyping, and testing innovative solutions that respond to complex challenges, always from a focus collaborative and multi-actor.

Coboi lab has had the support of the Diputació de Barcelona to research existing methodologies in the field of social innovation (theoretical perspective) while analyzing and compiling the whole process that the City of Sant Boi has carried out to respond to specific city challenges (practical perspective).

In parallel, this whole process has also made it possible to understand in more depth and validate the role played by new public instruments such as social innovation laboratories to respond to the challenges of the territory from a systemic perspective.

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We begin with the Observation phase, in which we define a city challenge based on a problem in the territory, and analyze the ability to solve it collaboratively. This first phase is key to establishing a clear foundation and increasing the chances of success of the whole process.

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During the Exploration phase, we identify and integrate the different perspectives and interests of the actors involved in the city challenge to unify priorities and define a shared vision.

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During the Action Plan phase we began to collaboratively devise and design actions for each defined axis of action that will bring us closer to the shared vision of the future.

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During the Implementation phase, we designed prototypes of the prioritized actions and planned their subsequent implementation. We also collectively decided how to measure the results, monitor and evaluate the impact of the actions implemented.

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