TUC Urban Lab Profile: Naucalpan, Mexico

Roll, Michael, Romero Magallán, Marisol, Ramírez, Andrea, Guerra, Flávia, Ramos-Galvez, Alejandra, Sandholz, Simone, Campos-Sánchez, Mariana, Zubicaray, Gorka, Pozos-Espinosa, Óscar Jair, Villasís-Escobedo, Andrea and Enríquez-Alcaraz, Ana Iris (2024). TUC Urban Lab Profile: Naucalpan, Mexico. TUC Profiles. United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security.

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    Author Roll, Michael
    Romero Magallán, Marisol
    Ramírez, Andrea
    Guerra, Flávia
    Ramos-Galvez, Alejandra
    Sandholz, Simone
    Campos-Sánchez, Mariana
    Zubicaray, Gorka
    Pozos-Espinosa, Óscar Jair
    Villasís-Escobedo, Andrea
    Enríquez-Alcaraz, Ana Iris
    Title TUC Urban Lab Profile: Naucalpan, Mexico
    Series Title TUC Profiles
    Volume/Issue No. 8
    Publication Date 2024-03
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Pages 23
    Language eng
    Abstract After almost two years in operation, the challenges and key achievements of the TUC Urban Lab established in Naucalpan, Mexico, provide valuable lessons for sustaining ongoing activities, accelerating broader transformations and guiding similar efforts elsewhere: 1. RECOGNIZING THE CHALLENGES AND BENEFITS OF UL MEMBERSHIP FLUCTUATION: If a core group of UL members exists, changes in UL membership are to be expected and are often beneficial. Such change can already be planned for as soon as the UL enters a new phase, for example when moving from planning to implementation of concrete action. UL facilitators should support the integration of new members to maximize the benefit of their new perspectives and contributions for ongoing UL work. 2. ADDRESSING LIMITED REPRESENTATION OF RESIDENTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR: Participation processes need a sound methodology and creative thinking. Even with the best of intentions and adequate facilitation, certain groups or sectors are particularly difficult to involve in the ULs. This may be because some UL members have doubts and see potential risks associated with the participation of others, or because the other actors see no benefits or are just not interested. Going forward, the UL Naucalpan will consider alternative, innovative and locally specific approaches and formats to encourage participation and meaningful engagement by these stakeholders. 3. BUILDING ON DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES TO FOSTER NEW NETWORKS AND MUTUAL TRUST: By providing a setting for the exchange and constructive discussion of diverse perspectives, knowledge, interests and opinions, the UL approach fosters the emergence of new networks as well as mutual trust and cohesion. This is particularly evident between civil society and government in an otherwise ‘low-trust in government’ environment and provides a strong basis for collective climate action. 4. NAVIGATING THE PARTICIPATION OF AND THE DEPENDENCE ON GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES: While strong government authorities’ participation and support are critical for ULs, being too dependent on them is a risk for UL neutrality, for constructive discussions and for its potential transformative impact. As an opportunity for UL operation, sustainability and the scaling of experimental projects, government participation and support therefore must be carefully balanced with that of other sectors.
    Keyword Urban Lab
    Copyright Holder United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Copyright Year 2024
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.53324/TMEW2903
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