Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Citizen driven social innovation in challenged cities


Many cities today face unprecedented societal challenges. The needs are growing to tackle social inclusion and sustainable development, but the resources of the public sector are in decline or stagnating and new skills for citizen involvement are required as a response. Over the past two decades cultural planning has been developed as a proven method for citizen-driven urban social innovation.


The project UrbCulturalPlanning adapts worldwide knowledge on cultural planning into the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and will be sharing it, working with both UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO’s supported work on the method of Cultural Planning. 


The documentation of the Urban Lab on Strategic Goal Setting and Creative Bureaucracy went online!


The Urban Lab happening in February 2020 wanted to raise the question how administration can adapt to these challenges. What type of bureaucracy will be needed in the future to enable creativity to unfold? The core role of artists and artistic processes in triggering creativity was highlighted, and the importance for creativity in developing transformative pathways. Although looking at a specific example, the workshop had the intension to enable participants to follow-up on the exercises in their own local contexts.


Urban Lab 2020 - Creative Bureaucracy

24 - 25 February 2020, Kiel (DE)

UrbCulturalPlanning next Urban Lab will take place in Kiel the 24th to 25th February, 2020.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Schleswig-Holstein has organized a two-day international Urban Lab on the theme creative bureaucracy.

We warmly welcome urbanists and city planners, artists, researchers and academics, students, community organizers, politicians and activists to explore the key aspects of taking an art and cultural perspective in urban strategies and practice.


Facilitators: Tina Saaby and Charles Landry
Language: English


What is a sustainable City, and how to pursue its implementation? This 2-day Urban Lab will explore what creativities - individual, organizational and city-wide are needed for aligning a sustainable city making.

It will highlight the power of cultural resources for changing the planning paradigm in city making. How to foster sustainable cities in general, and as a specific example the potential for using a creative city strategy for Kiel will be explored. This relates directly to the challenges of implementing the international goals of the SDGs as well as the opportunities through the new urban agenda.

Participation is free. Registration until: 20th of February.


Baltic UrbCulturalPlanning Conference 2019

04 - 06 July 2019, Kiel (DE)

The first Baltic UrbCulturalPlanning Conference is happening in Kiel: a gathering of urbanists and city planners, artists, researchers and academics, students, community organizers, politicians and activists, to explore key aspects of taking a cultures and arts perspective in urban strategies and practice.

The aim of the three-day conference with workshops, speeches, panel discussions and urban city walks is to experience, sense and feel how urban transformation can be triggered by artistic and cultural actions.

Cultural Planning in Kiel

Kiel is the German partner city within the UrbCulturalPlanning project. Two organizations, the Böll foundation of Schleswig-Holstein as well as the project company Kiel-Gaarden GmbH, joined the project in order to introduce and foster Cultural Planning as a method for citizen-driven urban social innovation in the city.

The Böll foundation of Schleswig-Holstein is an agency for cross-party and independent political education. Its aim is to foster democracy and participation among citizens. Within the project, the Böll foundation organizes the first conference on "Urban Transformation through Art and Culture” in order to increase institutional knowledge, connections and communication on Cultural Planning in the region, hosts artistic and creative residencies and organizes two urban labs in the city of Kiel.

The project company Kiel-Gaarden GmbH has long-term experience in initiating and developing projects in Kiel’s neighborhoods located on the Eastern side of the fjord as well as in planning and organizing participation processes. Within the UrbCulturalPlanning project, the project company is going to implement the demonstrator project as well as the gaming demonstrator in the neighborhood of Gaarden East.