The Eurbanities 2.0 project started in autumn 2019. Some months later, just as with many European projects, it had to go online for an undetermined amount of time. It was a difficult and challenging period for every partner organisation, as they had to find innovative solutions for their everyday activities, starting from internal work within their teams to the running of their local and transnational projects.
For a couple of weeks after the COVID outbreak Eurbanities 2.0, just as any other projects and processes, everything had stopped. The consortium partners, including the lead partner Comparative Research Network, had to find new solutions and new ways to keep project activities running. Some meetings had to be cancelled, and others held online in order to discuss and test the possible ways that platforms could continue working together.
Between April 2020 and September 2021 the project went completely online. Regular short online meetings, longer online transnational meetings, and one online hackathon were held during this period. The project continued smoothly, and went through a rich learning and co-creation process; something that the partners had never experienced before.
The following Handbook will focus on six stories illustrating how citizen participation and community development were maintained during the lock-down period. These stories describe will the tools and methods that were used or observed by each partner in their country or city; tools and methods that might also be useful for the communities of Eurbania in case of a future emergency lock down – which, of course, we hope will never happen again.