Episode#16 CIVINET Greece-Cyprus: "Nothing Can Happen On Its Own"

Guests@Katerina Nikolopoulou, Network Manager of CIVINET Greece-Cyprus, and Kosmas Anagnostopoulos, the Founder & Coordinator of CIVINET Greece-Cyprus

 

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Summaries of Key Takeaways:

  • Establishment and Goals of CIVINET: Highlighting its foundation, aimed at enhancing sustainable mobility through collaboration among Greek and Cypriot cities.
  • Importance of Networks: The necessity of networks like CIVINET for knowledge sharing, capacity building, and facilitating access to EU funding and projects.
  • Challenges in Sustainable Mobility: Addressing specific challenges and the importance of tailored solutions for islands and urban areas.
  • Achievements and Impact: Discussing CIVINET's success in increasing Greek participation in EU initiatives and its contribution to local and regional sustainable mobility projects.
  • Future Directions: Plans to further engage stakeholders across the Mediterranean and Balkans, aiming for broader collaboration and impact in sustainable urban mobility.

 

“To you, what is a Smart City?”:

Katerina Nikolopoulou: “I truly believe that usually when we are talking about smart cities, um, we instantly connected to innovation, to technology, to stuff like that. But, uh, I don't think that, uh, a smart city, uh, is only that. Of course, we are living in the 21st century. Of course, we are going to have, uh, new technologies. Of course we want innovation. But a smart city, I think that it's a city that can actually listen to its citizens and to be able to address, uh, the issues and the problems that, that its citizens, uh, face. Yeah. And, uh, to, to be able to actually do something about that, even if in some cases it could, uh, be a solution of, uh, the, of an easiest solution actually, and not a technological one. Yeah. Yeah. We, we don't always, uh, need to rely on technology to solve every problem. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So for me, a smart city is a city that can distinguish, uh, these two things and to act accordingly.” 

Kosmas Anagnostopoulos: “Surprising question. Uh, I agree about the technology part. Technology is a tool. I would say that, uh, smart city is a city that becomes sustainable climate, neutral, social, just, uh, in a lighter, quicker and cheaper way using the mode of placemaking movement.”