At the B40 Young City Representatives Summit, 7 workshops will be held in order to increase the awareness of youngs about their social responsibilities and contribute to their personal development.
Workshops will provide Young City Representatives with expert insights into the issues and topics they are most passionate about. Workshops will offer practical skills, techniques, ideas and processes which Young City Representatives can implement in their own projects and initiatives for change.
In the first half of the workshops, expert speakers from universities, public and private sectors and civil society will make presentations. In the second half, they will make comments and evaluations on the subject with Young City Representatives.
B40 Young City Representatives Summit is a chance for youngs responsible for shaping the future of their cities, to come together to confront the biggest challenges. B40 Young City Representatives Summit is the ultimate place to be inspired, share learnings, connect and collaborate to raise the bar for what it is possible to achieve individually and collectively.
Young City Representatives will attend whichever workshop they are interested in on the same day. They will share their opinions and contribute to the discussion topics of the workshops.
Culture and Art Workshop
Culture and art are the most important elements that will strengthen the well-being of youngs and contribute to their development processes. It is therefore necessary to create healthy and happy cities for youngs.
The main discussion topics of the Culture and Art workshop are as follows:
- How do youngs want to live in cities in terms of cultural opportunities and cultural interaction?
- How can youngs increase the cultural and artistic dynamism of cities?
- How do youngs exercise their right to participate and contribute to cultural life?
- What kind of a connection is there between the literature of the city and the city of literature?
- How does digital transformation affect young people’s preferences for literature, culture and art?
- What kind of cultural and artistic activities should be carried out in order to bring together the voice of the cities and the voice of the youth?
- How can youngs contribute to improving the access and participation opportunities of vulnerable groups in cultural life?
- What role should youngs undertake in protecting the cultural heritage of cities?
- How does literature, culture and art connect cities?
- What are the common cultural values of the Balkan cities?
- In order to protect and safeguard the cultural heritage of cities, what are the responsibilities of the youth?
- Who are the writers and poets who identified with our cities? How did they feel about our cities, lived and wrote?
One way to improve cooperation between Balkan cities is to bring youth together on common themes of literature, culture and art.
The speakers of Culture and Art workshop are:
EDA GÖKNAR – İKSV Alt Kat: Learning and Interaction Space Manager
DENİZ OVA – Executive Director at Salt
DİLAN BOZYEL – Multidisciplinary Artist
Human Rights and Local Equality Workshop
For the development of local democracy, it is very important to promote and encourage the participation of youngs in the management processes, to benefit from all kinds of social participation tools, and to find solutions to all the problems they will encounter in the democratic participation process. In this direction, while determining the management approaches and practices that are beneficial to the youth, the views of the youngs should also be taken into consideration.
Because youth, the most important social actors of cities, have the right to participate in decision-making and implementation processes that concern them, their work for social change should be encouraged. In this context, the Human Rights and Local Equality Workshop has been prepared on the axis of Young City Representatives gaining awareness in order to gain a sense of responsibility in social events and to express themselves better.
The main topics of discussion at the Human Rights and Local Equality Workshop will be:
- What should we do to combat discrimination effectively and continuously?
- What should we do to secure individual freedoms and differences?
- How can we ensure gender equality in all areas of life?
- What can youngs do so that the elderly population can live independently and participate actively in urban life?
- What should we do to strengthen civil society, solidarity networks and social solidarity?
- In order to end poverty in all its form everywhere, what can we do?
The Human Rights and Local Equality Workshop will discuss what needs to be done to live in a city where people live equally and freely, where intercultural dialogue opportunities increase, gender equality is ensured, income injustice is prevented and poverty is reduced.
The speakers of the Human Rights and Local Equality Workshop are:
ZEYNEP GÜLRU GÖKER – Faculty Member, Sabanci University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender)
ZELAL YALÇIN – Coordinator on İPA Social Policies Office
MELTEM ERSAN – Social Services Department-Migration Unit Coordinator of IMM
The speakers of City and Sport workshop are:
RENAY ONUR – General Manager of Spor İstanbul
ÖZGE KARADAĞ – Public Health Researcher, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
FUNDA ÖZTÜRK – Yuvam Dünya Association General Coordinator-Sports Activist
City and Sport Workshop
Like every social quality, sports is connected to the city by thousands of ties, some visible and some hidden. Sports ability of cities is shaped by social processes. Therefore, sports creates a tight bond between its own past and the past of society. This bond, emerging with urbanism activities, changes and takes shape. For this reason, sports both affects and is affected by the city.
Sports is an activity that has been done in every period of human history. The history of sports and the history of urbanism follow a parallel course. In the past, it has been seen that societies developed in the field of urbanism have also developed in the field of sports. Therefore, while planning the future of the city and urbanism, it is not possible to exclude sports from the scope.
The main discussion topics of the City and Sports workshop are:
- How should a city that does sports and lives with sports be like?
- How do we gain the habit of doing sports while living in the city? What should we do to make sports a part of city life?
- Which sports branches do youngs want to see more value and what are their expectations from cities?
- What is the connection between digitalized city life and sports?
- How do youngs define their sports and recreational space needs?
- What is the connection between sports and the social, cultural and economic development of cities?
- To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, what activity options should cities offer?
City and Architecture Workshop
Cities have their own identities and souls. Their architecture, culture and history give cities identity and soul. It is these qualities that make cities different from each other. People build the city, and the city affects people in return. This interaction evolves into culture and civilization. Over time, the city and the person form an identity by intertwining. For this reason, architecture is one of the essential elements that make up the identity of the city.
The city is the physical pattern of the most common web of relationships that humans create. People carry this network of relations to the space with their lifestyles and mutual interactions and transfer it to future generations as a knowledge over space. Architecture is the most important medium of this transfer. In this respect, the awareness of youngs about architecture is very important for such transfer to happen and function properly.
The main discussion topics of the City and Architecture workshop are:
- What kind of a language of expression is architecture and what does it tell?
- What kind of a connection is there between the awareness of protecting the city and architectural sensitivity?
- How does the integrated management of cities’ natural resources affect their architecture?
- How is architecture used to ensure the diversity and productivity of the city’s biological systems?
- What is the connection between sustainable cities and development and architecture?
- What is the place of architecture among sustainable urban planning criteria?
- How can architecture be used to produce sustainable solutions for rapid urbanization today?
- How do traditional architecture and modern architecture complement each other?
- How do youngs, the architects of our future, see the architecture of the future?
The speakers of City and Architecture workshops are:
AHMET AYDEMİR – Prof. Bahcesehir University, Chief Sustainability Officer
ÖZGÜL ÖZTÜRK – Circular Designer – Board Member of Yuvam Dünya Association
NİHAL BURSA – Assist. Prof. Dr., İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Architecture
ZAFER AKAY – M.Arch., Sustainability Coordinator, İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Architecture