The Fab City Manifesto

As the Fab City Summit opened in Paris on July 11, Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Helsinki, Belo Horizonte, Groningen, Brest, the Fab Foundation, the Fab City global initiative, as well as private and public actors, all signed the Fab City Manifesto. See below.

Environmental, inclusive, glocalized, open source, human-centered, circular and participatory, based on sustainable economic growth, experimentation and innovation, the Fab City Manifesto was signed this Wednesday, July 11, at Paris City Hall, at the opening of the Fab City Summit. A symbolic and engaging text co-written by the City of Paris and Fab City global initiative, signed by Paris, Toulouse (France), Barcelona (Spain), Helsinki (Finland), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Groningen (Netherlands), Brest (France), the Fab Foundation, the Fab City global initiative and Fab City Grand Paris, and by private and public French actors (Caisse des dépôts, Quartus, Leroy Merlin, RATP, Sogaris, Sony Computer Science Lab, Spie Batignolles). Here is the full text.

WE, AS SIGNATORIES, COMMIT OURSELVES

to implement the ten following principles to enable the urban transition towards locally productive and globally connected cities. We embrace strategies in circular economy and digital social innovation, and foster collaboration between a global network of European and worldwide cities and territories to meet the planetary challenges presented by climate change and social inequalities.

1 ECOLOGICAL

We take an integrated approach to environmental stewardship, working towards a zero-emission future while also preserving biodiversity, rebalancing the nutrient cycle, and sustaining natural resources. We promote equitable and inclusive policy co-design, through the development of a Commons Approach, regardless of age, gender, income-levels and capabilities.

2 INCLUSIVE

We promote equitable and inclusive policy co-design, through the development of a Commons Approach, regardless of age, gender, income-levels and capabilities.

3 GLOCALISM

We support the efficient and shared use of all local available resources in a circular economy approach, to build a productive and vibrant city.

4 PARTICIPATORY

We engage with all stakeholders in decision-making processes and empower citizens to take ownership of innovation and change-making.

5 ECONOMIC GROWTH & EMPLOYMENT

We support sustainable urban economic growth by investing in building the skills, infrastructure and policy frame- works needed for the 21st century, thanks to a thorough consideration of social and environmental externalities and the implementation of the polluter pays principle.

6 LOCALLY PRODUCTIVE

We support the efficient and shared use of all local available resources in a circular economy approach, to build a productive and vibrant city.

7 PEOPLE-CENTRED

We give priority to people and culture over technology, so that the city can become a living and resilient ecosystem. Autonomous vehicles, digital tools, artificial intelligence and robotic machines must be placed at the service of the people’s well-being and expectations.

8 HOLISTIC

We address urban issues in all their dimension and interdependencies to build sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities for everyone.

9 OPEN SOURCE PHILOSOPHY

We foster a Digital Commons Approach that adheres to open source principles and values open data, in order to stimulate innovation and develop shared solutions between cities and territories.

10 EXPERIMENTAL

In order to meet the principles just outlined, we actively support the research, experimentation and deployment of innovation which includes but is not limited to: low impact supply chains; distributed production; renewable energy and smart grids; sustainable food and urban agriculture; recycling and reuse of materials, sustainable resource management for energy, food and materials.

These proposals have been drafted with the collaboration of Fab city global initiative members.

Download the PDF of the Fab City Manifesto

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