SUNRISE shares results with stakeholders from Europe

  • Posted On: June 22, 2021

After four successful years, the EU-funded SUNRISE project held its last official event. While some of the work continues for the next couple of months, our final event, which took place on 17 June 2021, presented our results to a wider audience.

Our six action neighbourhoods took the centre stage and highlighted their challenges and successes over the duration of the project. The SUNRISE consortium is especially proud of the fact that our initiative has started a ‘co-creation’ movement around several of our action neighbourhoods. We invite you to watch our final event, learn more about the six action neighbourhoods and study the presentations below.

Watch our Final Event

Our neighbourhoods: the nucleus for local action

Whether its called Baka, Hulsberg, Zugló-Törökőr, Southend, Neo-Rysio-Thermi or Lindängen, all six neighbourhoods share certain similarities and found solutions to unique challenges. All neighbourhoods had a relatively car-centric approach towards spatial planning. Whether those solutions were the installation of urban furniture, new rules for neighbourhood parking, a restructuring of a square, thanks to dedicated local volunteers and co-creation experts, various solutions were found to increase attractiveness of urban space in the respective neighbourhoods.

The framework of the SUNRISE co-creation process, challenges were first identified and solutions developed and implemented. Thus, taken measures were evaluated. This four-step procedure helped local organisers to structure their approach in an efficient manner.

Our sunbeams enlighten local activists

Over the last four years, many conclusions were drawn, both from local actors in each of the six neighbourhoods and by the technical experts of the consortium. These best practices were gathered and condensed into 20 main take-aways; our so-called SUNBEAMS.

Twelve of those were presented to the audience of the final conference, divided into the segments of ‘creativity, fairness’ & ‘transparency’, ‘working with people’ and ‘system change’. Especially the latter category highlights the necessity for organisations to adapt to new challenges by ensuring staff continuity and limiting the ambitions to ensure sustainable growth of the project.

The citizen-centric approach of co-creation creates additional hurdles that are more difficult to overcome in comparison to a strict top-down method. Nevertheless, the SUNRISE method create a more sustainable outcomes that are accepted by a wider group, since all stakeholders were involved in the decision-making process.

You can download the presentations from our action neighbourhoods here: