Green City Our future is green!

The lighthouse GREEN CITY pursues the goal in the sense of Open Innovation, to jointly tackle the challenges towards a climate resilient city! The climate pressure is increasing and in order to avoid further climate damage in our homeland, to provide the population with a healthy living space and to make the city fit for the future, a collective pooling of resources is needed - knowledge, innovative creativity, inspiration, motivation and commitment.

We need green change and we are all aware of it. But how do you start a change? How do you start the challenge of the century? We don't have a smart answer to that either. But we just start!

Green City Formats

  • Green City Meetup OWL

    We have created a Meetup for everyone who is interested in more sustainability in Bielefeld - be it companies, institutions, associations, citizens' initiatives, cultural institutions or representatives of the city - and who is committed to making Bielefeld greener!

    With the Meetup we want to

    • connect people with the same mindset

    • strengthen the green innovation culture in the region

    • enable inspiration and participation

    & most importantly, build a community that is made up of diverse urban social groups!

    Convinced? Here you can find the next date.

  • Talking About Innovation

    "Our popular speaker:inside format "Talking About Innovation" goes green! OnMarch 22, 2022 we had a real green inspiration in front of Or. Check outherewhat environmental activist Rebecca Freitag had to say at Founders Foundation about "The future is green - Think global, act local!" - let's just say: it gives you hope, but also makes you think."

  • BIE Green! - City Hack

    From06 to 08 May 2022, the first sustainable hackathon in Bielefeld - the BIE green! - City Hack - took place!Four sustainability challenges of the city were solved by the urban society and with a lot of fun and creativity!

    42 participantscame together, divided intoeight teams, to contribute to agreener tomorrowwithinthree days. The results were many exciting prototypes, ideas, friendships and memories!Check outherethe resultsin the stream of theInnovation Dayfinale (hint: from minute 11).

  • Mastermind Podcast

    Who doesn't like to be inspired while cooking, jogging or cleaning? With the Open Innovation City thought leader podcast (in german), the name says it all: We talk to thought leaders about the topics of the future.  

    And sustainability experts from various disciplines will also join us on the podcast. The podcast is a great way to gain knowledge with ease, provide inspiration, get new perspectives and meet exciting people.


  • Innovation Gym

    Implementing sustainability projects or green innovations in a company can be challenging.  The Innovation Gym is here to help you drive innovation even further within your own institution and learn more about the tools and methods you can use to implement innovations!
    The Innovation Gym is a recurring free and new training series for companies and organizations primarily from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region. In workshops that build on each other in terms of content, professional innovation consultants will convey current trends and developments in all aspects of innovation promotion, know-how on innovations, and methods and instruments for implementing the creative process.

    Here you can find more information and the next dates!

Open Innovation City Community

It's a well-known fact that the best ideas come in the shower. And after the shower, these ideas should come directly to us on the community platform! In order to mature one's ideas and make them feasible, a community with valuable input is needed. Of course, there is room for all kinds of ideas on the platform.

So if you have a solution, e.g. how to make parks cleaner, downtown greener, buildings more efficient, or how a neighborhood can establish barter economies, get it on the platform fast!
Follow this link!

Makrotrend Green City

In our Innovation Trend Book, we identified the global trends of the future. From this, seven microtrends have emerged, among which "Green City" is a core theme. In addition, we were able to identify a further 20 microtrends that shed even more light on the global trend. From power-to-X technologies to sharing economies, many exciting topics are included. This shows: The Green City of the future is multi-faceted, diverse and offers enormous potential.  
More detailed explanations and regional examples are available in the digital version of the trend book or in the print version at the OIC Office!  



Project manager Wiebke Kersten will answer any questions about Green City.

Further contact persons from the Open Innovation City team can be found here.



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