4.1 Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society
Inventing new local governance
The problem at handPublic, private and associative actors and, of course, citizens, play a vital role in the energy transition of their territories. Inventing a future that does not yet exist requires some sort of support. Local authorities have to act as catalysts, or conductors, in order to accelerate the transition. All territorial musicians must gradually learn to play their collectively composed score.
Local authorities’ administrations are not organised to co-ordinate territorial dynamics and local actor networks, to encourage the co-construction of visions of the future, to support stakeholders or to provide them with advice and information. They lack expertise and practice when it comes to working with the civil society instead of just providing top-down information.
ProposalLocal authorities have to develop interface capacities with the civil society.
This requires specific engineering, like technical and financial engineering. They also have to develop an interface tool with the society, for example a local energy and climate agency. Its mission will be to assist the local authority and other players in their energy transition, to help the musicians take part in composing and playing the territory’s score.
Conditions for success
Cities and towns that show the way
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