Wednesday 28 Nov 17.45

Compassionate Cities



LEVEL: Intermediate

You are invited to join the EmpaTech event focused on Compassionate Cities and Communities and how to incorporate the social dimension into urban design and planning.

Designing a place with a positive social purpose in mind it’s the ultimate goal since studies are showing that if social and community cohesion is strong, people’s health, well-being and daily quality of life can improve. Social relationships and networks play a crucial role in the way communities succeed overpassing everyday struggles and how they cope in crisis situations.

In the same time, we want to talk about how technology can help straighten the social dimension of communities and cities at the strategy and implementation levels.

Our speakers come with experience from around the world and different perspectives:

Alejandra Rivera - Erasmus Mundus 4CITIES Master student in Urban Studies (’19), she has a background in International Relations and Economics and has worked with various international development projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Her ongoing master thesis is in social innovation focusing on educational capacity building initiatives aimed towards social inclusion: cases are Medellin and Malmö. She is intrigued by the potential of social and technical intersections in community development, and advocates for people-centered urbanism to create ‘Compassionate cities’.

Derek Ruez is a postdoctoral researcher in the Space and Political Agency Research Group at the University of Tampere. He recently earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Kentucky, and works at the intersections of critical human geography, political theory, and urban studies. He is currently conducting a new research project funded by the Academy of Finland that examines the possibilities and limits of compassion in urban governance, planning, and politics.

17:45 - 18:00 Meet and Greet
18:00 - 18:30 Inspirational talks
18:30 - 19:00 Meet & Eat
19:00 - 19:30 Inspirational talks
19:30 - 20:00 Q&A

The rules are simple:
1. We appreciate diversity of spirit and ideas.
2. We value knowledge on social sciences as well as natural sciences. They both come along in our community.
3. We appreciate open mindedness and kindness.

3. And... we want compassionate individuals to join us.

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