Why city representatives should come to Aarhus

Alain Heureux, co-founder of the Creative Ring and Brussels Creative: I keep telling people to visit Aarhus and what do I tell them? I often start by saying that I had a kind of Woodstock feeling when visiting Aarhus although I was not there back in 1969. It’s more a…

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An Outside Research Perspective on Aarhus

By Matthew Claudel, PhD, from MIT and in affiliation with Lab for Innovation Science & Policy Aarhus is an innovative city in that it actively facilitates the pursuit of urban solutions: the policies, technologies, systems and infrastructures that improve health, environmental sustainability, efficiency, economics, or wellbeing for the city and…

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Aarhus is what we give to each other

Aarhus is by the European Volunteer Centre chosen being the European Volunteer Capital 2018. The jury noted that the “Active Citizenship policy” involves clear and appropriate funding mechanisms for volunteer-involving organisations, even the very small ones, using participatory budgeting for this is recommendable. The robust approach to the measurement of…

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Aarhus Rethinks and is a place for cultural experimentation

RETHINK is the theme for the European Capital of Culture 2017 (ECC2017) in Aarhus and RETHINK is one of the largest demonstrations of the ways Aarhus uses culture to create change in society. Before deciding on the theme Aarhus underwent a huge process with about 10,000 people involved. The city…

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Smart Aarhus – a platform for experimenting and collaborating

Smart Aarhus organizes efforts bottom-up to find effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by many cities today and strives to be an internationally leading model for urban development based on partnerships and co-creation. Smart Aarhus is based on a coalition of the willing, where every member contributes actively…

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Dokk1 in Aarhus – a world famous community center

Dokk1 opened June 2015 at the new and renovated harbour site in Aarhus. Dokk1 is a community center and library awarded as the best public library in the world 2016. During the development of Dokk1 citizens and partners were involved in the entire process, disseminating the entire process and lessons…

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Engaging Frontrunners

Aarhus has since the 1970’s worked with strong human-centric processes and hence has a strong and very unique expertise in co-creation, open innovation and human centered development. In 1977 Bjørn-Andersen and Hedberg from Aarhus University put forwards three reasons for user participation in design: improving the knowledge upon which systems…

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Cross departmental, cross sectorial innovation

Aarhus is the only Danish city with a magistrate structure. The City Council is the supreme authority in the city and consists of 31 members from different political parties. The City Council appoints the mayor, two deputy mayors, eight aldermen, and the members of seven permanent committees. Administratively the municipality…

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Aarhus – a place for crowdsourcing & sharing economy

Aarhus actively work with crowdsourcing and sharing economy in a variety of settings. The city is in 2017 test city for sharing economy in Denmark and in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs as part of the government’s strategy for creating growth through sharing economy. Aarhus…

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Technological Experimenters

Norma – the humanoid robot In 2016 the city of aarhus acquired the humanoid robot ‘Norma’. Norma is the Pepper model made by Softbank Robotics and is the first robot capable of recognizing the principal human emotions and adapting its behavior accordingly. The motivation for working with humanoid robots is…

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