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Kaunas hosts the very first Urban Ideas Bakery

Background

On 10-11 December 2009, the Lithuanian city of Kaunas was hosting the very first Urban Ideas Bakery event to engage innovative local community members and international experts to 'bake ideas' - turn them into practical solutions improving the quality of life in this city. The British Council was organising this event in partnership with the Career Centre at Kaunas University of Technology and Kaunas City Council.

The event was part of the Urban Ideas Bakery problem-solving and planning process developed by the British Council and its partners, experts working in the field of social innovation around Europe.

Objectives

A great deal of diagnostic work had already been done in Kaunas to prepare the ground for the first Urban Ideas Bakery event. In October, eighteen local community members, including representatives of the Kaunas City Council, journalists, entrepreneurs and designers, met international facilitators to identify challenges and barriers to effective problem-solving, review resources and share best practices.

The very first Urban Ideas Bakery event focused on solving problems related to safety in the Kaunas streets and looked at how to create the image of Kaunas as a friendly city. Fifteen "Bakers" from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom shared their experiences and ideas for urban solutions with thirty local ‘Bakers’ – established and emerging Lithuanian leaders.

You could follow the Kaunas Urban Ideas Bakery developments in the blogs written in Lithuanian by Povilas Valiauga from the Kaunas University of Technology  and in English  by Roy Cross and Ted Matthews.

For more information, contact Vilma Bačkiūtė, Partnerships and Projects Manager, British Council in Lithuania.

Meet bakers attending the very first Urban Ideas Bakery in Kaunas