"First a city is against civic activity, then they slowly allow it, then they encourage it and now Helsinki is promoting the city with it!"

Tijdens het Stadmakerscongres 2015 in Rotterdam ging Niesco Dubbelboer in gesprek met 4 Stadmakers. Wat bezielt ze, waar lopen ze tegenaan en waar hebben ze nou echt behoefte aan in hun werk als Stadmaker?

Het leverde interessante gesprekken op waarin een hoop aanknopingspunten naar voren zijn gekomen voor Agenda Stadmakers.

Jaakko Blomberg is een van de geïnterviewden. Jaakko is Stadmaker uit Helsinki en oprichter van Yhteismaa, een doe tank en gemeenschap die gespecialiseerd is in participatie.

Aantal quotes uit het interview:

“I work towards a more social, more sustainable, more fun, more free, more responsible urban life! That’s the life I want to promote.”

“Facebook is really important for us! Everything starts there for us.”

“A business model? I would like to have one. No, there are private parties that help us, also we get grants, small subsidies, we have memberships, also we use crowdfunding, we also give workshops. so all sort of ways to get our projects funded.”

“If I need help from the government I usually send a facebook message to the vice mayor. Or to somebody else from the government, and if they do not react I just start my plans and then send them information afterwards.”

“It is important that there is something like a New Europe agenda, because if tell on that level that these initiatives are great, that would help a lot! Especially in the eastern of Europe it is really hard for the civil movements to do such things. It is really needed there!

First a city is against it, and then slowly allow it, then they encourage people and now Helsinki is promoting the city with this stuff! Interesting how it goes.”

“My advice for City Makers? If you have a good idea, stop thinking things like: maybe it is not a good idea, people will not like it, I do not have the right permit. No! Just start doing it, try and see what happens!

Het interview met Jaakko is hier in zijn totaliteit terug te zien:

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