Case Study: Bringing citizens closer to sustainability in creative ways
SITUATION: Stockholm is a forward-thinking city when it comes to sustainability. Helene Mårtenson from the office of cultural development explains the challenge;
to inspire citizens to a sustainable life-style by communicating substantially in new, creative forms.
FRAMING QUESTION: How can cultural institutions like libraries and theatres engage citizens in sustainable development?
See the Video below of the follow-up at the end of this post.
SOLUTION: Engaging Stephen Hinton as environmental “creative consultant” the suburb of Farsta, Stockholm installed in the lobby outside the library and theatre a “sustainability kiosk” and embarked on filling the kiosk with ideas, events and other creative approaches.
- Suggestions box for ideas and questions
- Brochures from local organisations with environmental focus
- A round Farsta environmental walk – get to know your suburb’s environmental assets and concerns first hand
- A social network connected to the kiosk – sign in and join the debate
- A environmental story telling corner for the younger ones
- A set of “what’s its all about” cards – with environmental information relevant to the suburb for groups to use to get discussions going
- Planned sessions and activities include
- “Doctor Environment” who will sit and listen to symptoms and dish out “prescriptions”
- A giant plastic foot that represents fossil emissions of C=2 from the city
- A request for early retirement written in a letter from “Mr Oil”
- A mini- lecture corner for local organisations to invite people in to present their environmental activities