York reaches final stages of European innovation challenge

York is up against 20 other major European cities, including Stockholm and Madrid, in a competition to inspire solutions to urban challenges

York is up against 20 other major European cities, including Stockholm and Madrid, in a competition to inspire solutions to urban challenges

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YORK has reached the finals of a European competition intended to inspire innovative solutions to urban challenges.

The city has joined 20 other major European cities including Barcelona, Amsterdam and Athens as a finalist in 'Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge.'

York’s entry is said to be a proposal to revolutionise the way residents, businesses and others can propose new ideas to solve city problems, "providing a more intelligent way to acquire or develop the best solutions".

It is now in with a chance of winning from a prize fund of nine million euros, including a five million euro grand prize for the most creative and transferable idea.

The 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first in Europe after an inaugural competition in the United States.

Michael R Bloomberg, philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City, said European cities in this year’s Mayors Challenge had stepped up with bold and creative ideas that had the potential to improve lives across the continent and globe.

“Cities face many urgent challenges – from climate change to social isolation to youth unemployment," he said.

"We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies staff and an independent selection committee of 12 members from across Europe closely considered each application over multiple rounds of review, with submissions judged on four criteria: vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.

Finalists will next attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day conference which is set to take place in Berlin in June, convening municipal leaders from each city as well as leading innovation, policy, and programming experts who will partner with and push teams to strengthen their ideas.

James Anderson, head of government innovation for Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: “While the ideas are very diverse, we identified key themes. The ideas tended toward networked, distributed solutions as opposed to costly centralized ones. There was a lot of interest in citizen engagement as both a means and end."

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9:41am Thu 24 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

Citizen engagement? In York? No chance!
Citizen engagement? In York? No chance! sheps lad
  • Score: -25

10:31am Thu 24 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

sheps lad wrote:
Citizen engagement? In York? No chance!
Cynic!!
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Citizen engagement? In York? No chance![/p][/quote]Cynic!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 25

11:04am Thu 24 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

pedalling paul wrote:
sheps lad wrote:
Citizen engagement? In York? No chance!
Cynic!!
Nah! realist.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Citizen engagement? In York? No chance![/p][/quote]Cynic!![/p][/quote]Nah! realist. sheps lad
  • Score: -32

11:25am Thu 24 Apr 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

I wonder who will be the favoured York citizen representatives chosen to accompany the usual Cabinet Members on this jolly? (sarcasm)
I am willing to bet that it wont be "Sheps lad", " pedalling Paul" or even me ,as all of us are in one way or another " active citizens".
Citizen engagement is the current catch phrase but means nothing in reality.
I wonder who will be the favoured York citizen representatives chosen to accompany the usual Cabinet Members on this jolly? (sarcasm) I am willing to bet that it wont be "Sheps lad", " pedalling Paul" or even me ,as all of us are in one way or another " active citizens". Citizen engagement is the current catch phrase but means nothing in reality. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: -30

11:37am Thu 24 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
I wonder who will be the favoured York citizen representatives chosen to accompany the usual Cabinet Members on this jolly? (sarcasm)
I am willing to bet that it wont be "Sheps lad", " pedalling Paul" or even me ,as all of us are in one way or another " active citizens".
Citizen engagement is the current catch phrase but means nothing in reality.
Don't bet against PP he will be in favour for his backing for all things council!
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: I wonder who will be the favoured York citizen representatives chosen to accompany the usual Cabinet Members on this jolly? (sarcasm) I am willing to bet that it wont be "Sheps lad", " pedalling Paul" or even me ,as all of us are in one way or another " active citizens". Citizen engagement is the current catch phrase but means nothing in reality.[/p][/quote]Don't bet against PP he will be in favour for his backing for all things council! sheps lad
  • Score: -30

1:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

I'm sorry, but, York Council's 'Innovation' unit's 'idea' needs to be looked at very closely.

This is it (taken from the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge website):-

YORK, United Kingdom – Government Systems: Revolutionizing the way citizens, businesses, and others can propose new ideas to solve top city problems, providing a more intelligent way to acquire or develop the best solutions, thus enabling greater civic participation and saving the city both time and money.


By way of explanation, this is about 'Disruptive Democracy'.

The council plan to spend £10m over the next five years on new IT systems which will be used to give every York citizen their own individual 'account' in a sort of Local Government social media site for York Council.

The big idea (con) is that citizens will be able to tell the council what they want them to do, using this 'disruptive' 'innovative' way to 'change' 'shift' the way democracy works.

Do not be naive to trust that this is how the council will use this tool.

Look at recenent evidence.

20mph scheme; Only 7 people out of 13,000 consulted, supported the scheme, yet the council went ahead in spite of a massive signal of non-support.

Lendal Bridge; Another abuse by the council, to push through a trial that no one wanted.

Local Plan: Almost 5,000 responses to the consultation, yet the council are doing all they can to hinder access to this information on their website.

The use of disruptive democracy has a deeply politicised underlying agenda. The intention is to use this to subvert the current sytem of democracy, to achieve anti-capitalist objectives.

The fact that the Young Foundation, which is rooted in a communism/marxism ideology, only congratulated York, and not the other four UK shortlisted cities (London, Bristol, Cardiff & Kirklees) is telling.

Look at this statement taken from the Young Foundation's twitter profile..

"We harness the power of disruptive innovation to address structural inequality in all its forms. We are The Young Foundation."

This says it all!

York citizens should be very suspicious of this agenda!
I'm sorry, but, York Council's 'Innovation' unit's 'idea' needs to be looked at very closely. This is it (taken from the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge website):- [quote] YORK, United Kingdom – Government Systems: Revolutionizing the way citizens, businesses, and others can propose new ideas to solve top city problems, providing a more intelligent way to acquire or develop the best solutions, thus enabling greater civic participation and saving the city both time and money. [/quote] By way of explanation, this is about 'Disruptive Democracy'. The council plan to spend £10m over the next five years on new IT systems which will be used to give every York citizen their own individual 'account' in a sort of Local Government social media site for York Council. The big idea (con) is that citizens will be able to tell the council what they want them to do, using this 'disruptive' 'innovative' way to 'change' 'shift' the way democracy works. Do not be naive to trust that this is how the council will use this tool. Look at recenent evidence. 20mph scheme; Only 7 people out of 13,000 consulted, supported the scheme, yet the council went ahead in spite of a massive signal of non-support. Lendal Bridge; Another abuse by the council, to push through a trial that no one wanted. Local Plan: Almost 5,000 responses to the consultation, yet the council are doing all they can to hinder access to this information on their website. The use of disruptive democracy has a deeply politicised underlying agenda. The intention is to use this to subvert the current sytem of democracy, to achieve anti-capitalist objectives. The fact that the Young Foundation, which is rooted in a communism/marxism ideology, only congratulated York, and not the other four UK shortlisted cities (London, Bristol, Cardiff & Kirklees) is telling. Look at this statement taken from the Young Foundation's twitter profile.. "We harness the power of disruptive innovation to address structural inequality in all its forms. We are The Young Foundation." This says it all! York citizens should be very suspicious of this agenda! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -15

7:41pm Thu 24 Apr 14

truthseeker2 says...

I'm all for a anti capitalist objective.....😀
I'm all for a anti capitalist objective.....😀 truthseeker2
  • Score: 12

8:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Oh god. A 2 /3day jolly .all paid for by us.christ I bet this lot are ar*e lickin each other .do we REALLY need all this euro /eussr rubbish.
Oh god. A 2 /3day jolly .all paid for by us.christ I bet this lot are ar*e lickin each other .do we REALLY need all this euro /eussr rubbish. piaggio1
  • Score: -40

7:52am Fri 25 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Mint -40. Me best ever.
Mint -40. Me best ever. piaggio1
  • Score: 1

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