Big Messages brochure: Lessons for co-creative mobility initiatives in neighbourhoods

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 12 Jul 2021

A new brochure has been published on "big messages" of co-creation, capturing the lessons learned by four H2020 projects, three of which were funded under the topic "new ways of supporting development and implementation of neighbourhood-level and urban-district-level transport innovations" (Cities-4-People, Metamorphosis and SUNRISE).

Co-creation is an approach that focuses on bringing together different societal factors (typically including public administrators and residents) around matters of shared concern. In addition to improving the quality and relevance of a service, a “product” (incl. public infrastructure) or policy, co-creation is increasingly applied to make governance more democratic, fair, and inclusive. It starts from the idea that everyone has expert knowledge and experience in their own life. This is why neighbourhood mobility provides such a strong foundation for pursuing co-creation – people have a deep knowledge of their own neighbourhood, and a huge stake in ensuring the quality and safety of the spaces they inhabit and move through in daily life.

There are many ways to imagine cocreation in the context of neighbourhood mobility. Cities-4-People took a bottom-up and open-ended approach to identifying mobility problems and co-creating solutions and implementations in five European cities. METAMORPHOSIS applied co-creation with children to develop novel and innovative pilots that stemmed from youthful imagination. Looper applied learning loops to the co-creative process to foster iterative feedback that informed each stage of design and implementation, and SUNRISE developed “neighbourhood mobility labs” as a way to apply co-creation in Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning.

The projects' 10 'Big Messages' are:

  1. Utilise the advantages of the neighbourhood level
  2. Invest in citizen participation
  3. Educate on the value of cocreation and provide training and resources
  4. Level the playing field (everybody is an expert, understand the citizens’ needs)
  5. Be where the people are
  6. Allow experiments
  7. Ensure diversity and inclusivity in communities
  8. Manage expectations
  9. Evaluate and value the interpersonal and social results
  10. Look at the big picture


Big Messages Brochuure