Vision and approach to innovation capacity
Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Barcelona has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Barcelona approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.
Policy areas that Barcelona is focused on
Urban innovation: Barcelona has created an Urban Innovation Platform with up to 100 external members, including innovation experts of several fields from the public sector, knowledge institutes and academies to the civic society. The platform helps co-defining the main challenges the city needs to address in innovation terms. The City Council also has an Urban Innovation Center, which aims to foster innovation in four ways: co-creation, transformation, divulgation and education.
Social/civic innovation: In Barcelona, the digital participation and democratic platform "Decidim.Barcelona" gives citizens a voice, allowing them to decide on the future of their surroundings. It is a digital platform that engages citizens in a participatory process, allowing them to debate, respond and gather proposals. The tool has been developed using open-source software and open code, in order to enable re-use and continuous improvement.
Policy areas by number of cities
Barcelona utilizes 5 different innovation skills or roles
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities
Barcelona’s innovation work is sprinkled throughout the municipality, with 15 staff working specifically on innovation.