ICF launched their new Policy into Action forum series on 16 November 2017, with their first event on ‘The power of mutual learning’, organised in association with EUROCITIES. Each forum aims to provide a platform to explore, discuss and learn more about how today’s policy challenges and issues can successfully be addressed through programmes, networks and other types of implementation initiative across Europe. Understandably, there is a lot of debate about EU policy-making, but less so about effective models for implementing policy - finding the best ways to deliver policy on the ground. The event aimed at presenting the advantages of mutual learning to respond to those challenges.
Andrea Canevazzi, Architect in IT Technologies at AMAT (Milan) and Gabriel Jacqmin, Policy Support Officer at EUROCITIES presented the Sharing Cities project. They demonstrated that mutual learning also applies to smart cities. They presented how through the Sharing Cities project, six European cities – including Milan - have found mutual learning to be a key vehicle for looking at energy efficiency, mobility and citizen engagement as part of their smart city strategies. They explained the different formats in which ‘lighthouse’ and ‘fellow’ cities benefit from mutual support, going from thematic workshops to work-shadowing visits.
You can find more information about the outcomes of this forum in the Event Highlights document hereunder.
Another Policy into Action forum focusing on the topic of mutual learning will be organised in the first part of 2018. It will look at specific learning tools and formats available, as well as specific methodological considerations to ensure that mutual learning is designed and delivered in the most effective way possible.