Urban Civic Activism project and information bank

Urban Civic Activism information bank provides information, tools and ideas for citizens and public government actors for meeting each other when developing their cities.

The information bank aims to serve public government actors and civil society actors in particular. It can also be useful for companies, researchers and students. 

The information bank is established by the 'Civic activism as resource for the metropolis' project, as a platform to be supplemented and developed further in the future. 

This English version of of the bank is in construction. While waiting for more content in English, you can have a look at our publications in English

Welcome to the discussion and to contribute to the information bank!

Did you find in the bank something that needs to be fixed or would you like to contribute for example with a case example, article or photos? Contact us by the contact form or directly! Please not that the site is in construction and not all the content have been translated yet. 

You are also welcome to join the discussion in social media: 

 

  • Civic Activism as Resource for the Metropolis project

    'Civic Activism as Resource for the Metropolis’ was a research and development project by The University of Helsinki Department of Social Research in 2015-2017. The research took place also at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. 

    The project was funded by Helsinki Metropolitan Region Urban Research ProgramThe Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation/Uusimaa Regional fund and The Fund of Heikki von Hertzen, with support also from Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance and SITRA.

    See also project partners below.

    Objectives

    The project studied civic activism from the perspectives of innovation policy, sense of community, involvement and ecological sustainability. The aim was to build understading and knowledge on

    1) how various forms of civic activism support cities’ innovation policies and goals on sense of community, involvement and ecological sustainability and

    2) how government organizations could support this constructive activism, so that the actions of citizens and cities contribute synergistically to the cities’ innovation policies and goals on sense of community, involvement and ecological sustainability.

    Research questions

    • What kind of civic activism
      – supports cities’ innovation policies and goals on sense of community, involvement and ecological sustainability?
      – creates income and can carry itself economically, for example in maintaining a community space?
      – can institutionalize and develop itself into a business and how does that happen?
    • What kind of spaces and other facilities does activistic action need?
    • What kind of practices and types of support would encourage activism that supports cities’ innovation policies and goals on sense of community, involvement and ecological sustainability?
    • What can the public sector learn from activists in acting to meet these goals and citizens’ involvement in developing the metropolis?
  • Project partners

    The information bank is a result of collaboration involving multiple actors. Great thanks to all who have contributed this far!  

    Techically the bank was implemented by Lasipalatsin Mediakeskus. In 2017, Inka Kaakinen contributed  by collecting case stories.

    Project partners

    • Cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Lahti
    • Ministries of Environment, Finance, and Justice
    • The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
    • The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland
    • Finnish Environment Institute SYKE