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Tallinn invites citizens to define the future

Tallinn will review its current 2025 city strategy and create a 2021+ development plan with its residents

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The Estonian capital of Tallinn is inviting its citizens to help co-create the future
The Estonian capital of Tallinn is inviting its citizens to help co-create the future

The Estonian capital of Tallinn wants to become the city with the world’s best living environment and is giving all of its citizens a say it how it achieves its goal.

 

The Tallinn City Government has launched an ideas competition on its website to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the planning of the future of the city. The competition is open until 31 October.

 

Comparisons with Helsinki

 

All of those who care about the future of Tallinn are invited to participate, says the government. A web environment has been opened for the ideas competition as well as a Facebook group, Tallinna arengukava 2021+.

 

"We are used to comparing ourselves with Helsinki, and as Helsinki already is one of the cities with the world’s best living environments, then, in fact, we are already comparing ourselves with the best in the world," said Toomas Haidak, the head of the city’s strategy unit. "Therefore, it is not a surreal ambition, but a tangible reality that we have to define for ourselves. To do this, we invite everybody to reflect with us."

 

Tallinn will create a 2021+ development plan with its residents. During the preparation of the new plan, the current city strategy 2030 will be reviewed and possible new targets will be sought and discussed. This will set the city’s main goals in the long- and short-term.

"We are used to comparing ourselves with Helsinki, already one of the cities with the world’s best living environments"

In September, the city of Tallin organised a Smart-Up BSR Tallinn Innovation Camp, with Aalto University, which brought together around 100 participants from the Baltic Sea Region to innovate around the topics of sustainable smart cities, digitalisation, public engagement and co-creation.

 

Among the ideas discussed were how to increase citizen participation and promote co-creation to improve living environment and quality of life and how to use artificial intelligence technologies to make cities smarter.

 

Coordinated by professor Taina Tukiainen at Aalto University, the Smart-Up BSR project aims to builds a continuous engagement process for cities in the Baltic Sea Region to tackle their societal and development challenges. It works in collaboration with different stakeholders and across the geographical borders in a series of innovation camps.

 

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