You don't have a healthy city overnight. Therefore, this step-by-step approach of gathering challenges, exploring problems, coming up with solutions and experimenting.
Our 10 building blocks
Comon starts with a clear focus: one societal challenge that keeps citizens of Ghent awake at night. A challenge that is relevant to a broad group of citizens and for which a solution really improves our society.
Comon works according to the principles of ‘design thinking.’ More specifically: we explore the problem, brainstorm possible solutions, develop prototypes and test them, and finally evaluate.
Comon makes solutions tangible and testable. Not just thinking but also doing. That’s how we make a difference.
Comon consists of an enthusiastic group of doers. You can feel that energy up to the top of Ghent’s Belfry. Not just words, but actions too.
Comon creates a safe environment to try, fail and iterate. A space that stimulates thinking outside the box.
Comon works for and together with citizens. We give voice to the citizens of Ghent and involve them in the solutions. After all, there’s an inventor in everyone.
As a matchmaker, Comon fosters encounters between researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and citizens. An unconventional collaboration of people who would not often cross paths. With that unique blend of different disciplines, we inspire and push boundaries.
Comon has a large, central location where partners and participants of activities meet. We open our doors to a wide audience.
Different partners help Comon move forward. Backed up by their expertise, we’re able to move mountains. In return, Comon helps them achieve their goals.
Comon aims to reach as many people as possible. To inform them and give them a voice. That’s why we keep our communication accessible. Comon also serves as a platform between researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and citizens.