This the challenge we set for our Istanbul+Mobility workshop.
We are inviting 25 to 30 city changemakers on a deep-dive to reflect on this major urban challenge and to co-create innovative ideas in response. Participants will be guided through a structured innovation process inspired by the Creation Flow developed by the THNK: School for Creative Leadership.
Join us if you:
- Are passionate about cities,
- Enjoy collaboration and innovation,
- Are interested in joining a regional network of like-minded people,
- Are looking to set up/take part in a local urban lab, and/or
- Would like to learn about our structured innovation process.
09:15 – 9:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Istanbul & Mobility challenge presentation
10:00 – 10:30 Preparation Wild Safari (incl. fact pack)
10:30 – 12:30 Wild Safari (observations and interviews in the streets)
12:30 – 13:00 Team lunch (eat, discuss & share experience)
13:00 – 15:00 Creative pressure cooker (new questions every 20 minutes)
15:00 – 16:00 Prepare pitch (incl. sketch artist support)
16:00 – 16:45 Pitches
16:45 – 17:00 Closing words
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks
Our Workshop Facilitators
Urban sustainability catalyst and social entrepreneur with over twelve years of experience in MENA and globally. She worked on a range of projects with focus on policy, sustainable planning and design, entrepreneurship development and social innovation.
Urban innovation expert and social entrepreneur, creating smarter cities and do-good communities through civic crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, co-creation, corporate social responsibility, virtual incubation, startup acceleration and open innovation.
Mobility in Istanbul is an ongoing struggle for citizens and businesses alike. This is despite a large share of daily trips on foot (about 50%), an extensive road, rail and seaborne transport network and the range of existing public transport options on offer: urban railway (121 km long), seaborne ferry lines, rapid bus transit (41 km long), and bus/minibus lines (6000 km long). Most of Istanbul commuters spend over 2 hours in traffic daily, particularly those having to cross its bridges or those using its overcrowded Metrobus system (rapid bus transit). Railway and seaborne transport only contribute to a shy 6 % share of mobility and cycling is quasi inexistent in the city.
With the rapid urbanisation, authorities are struggling to meet the growing demand for transport and to contain an ever increase private car use. As a consequence, the traffic situation is negatively affecting quality of life (Istanbul ranks #51 in the latest EIU Best City Report) and is resulting in significant environmental and economic impacts.