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The CLLC activities in Nürtingen started with an ideas workshop on October 16, 2018. The meeting brought the project team together with citizens who are already involved in various local initiatives. The workshop resulted in the identification of five relevant development themes for the local community:
 
The CLLC activities in Nürtingen started with an ideas workshop on October 16, 2018. The meeting brought the project team together with citizens who are already involved in various local initiatives. The workshop resulted in the identification of five relevant development themes for the local community:
 
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* Preservation of the rich orchard heritage

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How the Nürtingen Community Innovation Lab started

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The CLLC activities in Nürtingen started with an ideas workshop on October 16, 2018. The meeting brought the project team together with citizens who are already involved in various local initiatives. The workshop resulted in the identification of five relevant development themes for the local community:

  • Preservation of the rich orchard heritage
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Community and social cohesion
  • Renewable energy
  • An ‘alternative’ start-up center

The workshop was very helpful for linking the CLLC group to the local community and for developing a better understanding of the actual needs and challenges.

>>> Read the full protocol (in German)

Linking Learning Activities and Community Topics

During the first pilot implementation of the CLLC course in spring 2019 teachers and students from Nürtingen-Geislingen University focused on the following four projects:

Reactivating the inner city of Nürtingen

The project addressed the challenge of decreasing retail diversity in the historical inner city of Nürtingen. This process results in shrinking attractiveness and visitor frequency, which again has negative impacts on the town’s overall image and the confidence of its citizens. We approached this topic from an interdisciplinary perspective by bringing staff and students from business administration and town planning together. The community interaction started with a briefing workshop prior to the course start on January 29 followed by an interactive workshop on April 4 including students and local stakeholders. The town planning students further organized an event day on June 28 during which they tested various ideas for reviving the town center by means of temporary installations. The process finished with a final presentation on July 2. The social innovation ideas of the students evolved around the following topics and themes:

  • Integration of student housing into the town center
  • Activation of local entrepreneurs with migration background
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Improving the usability and connectivity of city and river

The cooperation with the city of Nürtingen and various local stakeholders representing the interests of retail, city marketing or general public interests has been well received by everyone involved. Follow-up activities are currently under development.

CLLC Contact at Nürtingen-Geislingen University: Prof. Dr. Dirk Funck

Towards a regional garden festival for Nürtingen

In 2009, the city of Nürtingen has already made an attempt to apply for hosting a garden show, which has unfortunately failed. In 2018, the city administration has revitalized the idea by initiating another application process. Nürtingen plans to submit this application at the end of 2019 for a garden show to happen in 2031. For the citizens of Nürtingen the process has started on November 8, 2018, with an ideas workshop. A student group from the international landscape architecture programme worked over the summer term on a concept for the Nürtingen garden show, derived from the cities’ broader landscape potential and guided by responses to the grand sustainability challenges. Some students also participated in the social entrepreneurship course and engaged with the local community of Klein-Tischardt. This neighbourhood is currently benefitting from an integrated development project (Quartiersentwicklung 2020) aiming at increasing local community cohesion. Klein-Tischardt has a lot of potential for benefitting from the garden show because of its proximity to both the town centre and the river Neckar. It however lacks an effective community management able to bridge the various social groups living in this quarter. The CLLC group plans to continue working on these neighbourhood topics in the upcoming semesters.


CLLC Contact at Nürtingen-Geislingen University: Dr. Ellen Fetzer

Embrace a Friend – A tandem project

Since several years, more and more international people live in Nürtingen. No matter if they are refugees, immigrants, exchange or foreign students: everyone is interested in making friends. However, connecting to local people is not that easy. Intercultural encounter is not what the residents of Nürtingen and Geislingen naturally seek for, even if they are open minded. Therefore, the vision of the tandem project is to develop a platform, where people from different origins and same interests can meet, get connected and start friendships.

The starting point of the project was a kick-off workshop in May 2019 during which various shared their needs and wishes for the tandem project. Representatives from two important NGOs in the field of integration (Bruderhausdiakonie und Integrationsbüro Nürtingen), young refugees, university staff and young immigrants came together. The Mission of the tandem Project Embrace a Friend in Nürtingen/ Geißlingen is to

  • create a platform (online & offline) to promote a closer encounter between incoming an local population
  • get a better understanding of other countries and their people
  • discover the fascinating culture of other countries
  • foster the integration of immigrated inhabitants in Nürtingen/ Geißlingen

The expectations of the stakeholders about how joint tandem activities can look like resulted in a long list of ideas. Here are some examples: Excursion to castles around Nürtingen, going to the cinema, playing music, hiking tours, playing soccer, playing games, cooking intercultural dishes.....

For the first activity in June 2019 a soccer tournament and barbeque event was announced. About 50 attendees from more than ten nations such as Syriah, Afganistan, Germany, India, Kenia attended.

How did the community benefit from the tandem project?

  • Development of a network for international and local people, who are interested in getting to know the tandem project and integrate their personal ideas.
  • Impementation of a frist intercultural event with sport and barbeque in a festive atmosphere.
  • First social contacts were established to grow the tandem network.

What are the next steps:

  • Setting-up an online platfrom to organize the Tandem activites will be important in the future.
  • To plan one or two further events in the upcoming semester, to further grow the network.

CLLC Contact at Nürtingen-Geislingen University: Dr. Ellen Fetzer

StattZeitung – Nürtingens alternative newspaper

Nürtingen’s alternative newspaper runs on NGO-basis since 1980. It appeared with a printed edition until 1993 and reappeared digitally in 2004. StattZeitung is an important local voice with regard to sustainability ideas at municipality level. However, sustaining the activities on a non-profit basis is very challenging for the small team. Prof. Dr. Friedemann Baisch from our university got in touch with the StattZeitung team and involved them in the activities of the Community Innovation Lab. The goal was to explore opportunities of how students could become more engaged in the newspaper. Critical reflection and writing for a general audience are very important competences of which students could benefit a lot, and likewise the newspaper itself.

Various student groups explored the organization of the magazine over the summer term 2019 focussing on relevant issues such as marketing, financing, cooperation and new technical opportunities for the newspaper website. The work on these ideas will continue with the next winter term. Are you interested in journalistic work? The StattZeitung team is always open for new people. The editorial team meets weekly on Tuesdays starting at 20 pm. Location: Alte Seegrasspinnerei, Plochinger Straße 14, Nürtingen, Contakt: info@nuertinger-stattzeitung.de

CLLC Contact at Nürtingen-Geislingen University: Prof. Dr. Friedemann Baisch