In 2022, Porticus unveiled the Fair Urban Transition (FUT) global programme, a visionary initiative aimed at propelling cities into a sustainable, post-carbon era, with a special focus on uplifting economically disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. As the project progressed, it became increasingly clear that ensuring its sustainability was imperative.

March 2023 marked a pivotal moment for the programme as Porticus began to scale down its involvement. Collaborating with project partners, including our team at SenseTribe Consulting, we embarked on designing an implementation plan for this critical final phase in Madrid. Our mission was to lead a participatory process, leveraging the collective wisdom and enthusiasm of all stakeholders to anchor the project’s enduring success.

The Fair Urban Transition (FUT) Programme in Madrid has been a transformative journey, both for the city and its myriad stakeholders. In 2023, the programme entered a crucial phase—crafting the final implementation plan to ensure that the fruits of the project would not only endure but expand. This blog post delves into the key aspects of this co-creative process, sharing insights and learnings that could inform future endeavors.

A co-creation process in Madrid

The essence of our work in Madrid was to co-design an implementation plan for the city as part of the global FUT initiative. This involved understanding and integrating the learnings from our and from a similar process in Bangalore, broadening the scope and enriching the outcomes. The ultimate goal was to embed institutional knowledge about meaningful participation within Porticus, enhancing our strategies and approaches.

The Co-creation Journey

Starting in July 2023, the co-creation process spanned several phases, involving in-depth program analyses, stakeholder interviews, and participatory plan development. Each phase was meticulously designed to align with the overarching programme objectives while adapting to the evolving needs and insights of the stakeholders involved.

Lessons Learned

One of the most significant insights was the importance of flexibility and adaptability in the face of innovation and experimentation. Building a foundation of trust and shared understanding among partners was crucial. This was achieved through a series of engagements that emphasized connection, mutual respect, and collective goal-setting.

The use of visual facilitation techniques played a pivotal role in tapping into collective intelligence, making abstract ideas tangible and fostering a deeper connection with the project’s objectives. These visuals served not just as documentation but as a dynamic tool to guide discussions and decision-making.

Reflections on the Process

Our engagement with both local and global partners was enriched by the active facilitation and leadership of figures like Cristina Robledano, who brought continuity, trust, and depth to the interactions. The feedback from partners highlighted the value of having a balanced approach that combined technical focus with relational dynamics.

As we reflect on the process, we recognize the need for continued learning and adaptation. The insights garnered from this experience are not just about what we achieved but also about how we can further refine our approaches to support sustainable and inclusive urban transitions globally.

This process marks not an end but a beginning—the start of more informed, inclusive, and impactful urban transitions that not only envision a sustainable future but actively create it.