Relying on "Deep Listening", the report presents a reconstruction of diverse perspectives of stakeholders in Rybnik, Poland regarding planned mine closures, entrepreneurship, and the quality of life, as well as portrays the city in its functioning today and its vision for the future.
Economic diversification/restructuring > Other
Environment and/or pollution > Human health
Social and/or cultural impacts > Non-financial loss, Pride or cultural identity
Better Life Index
quality of life
future oriented thinking
Academic/research institution or journal
The report looks at the transitions taking place in Rybnik, Poland — one of Europe’s biggest coal regions. It is a part of the Rybnik360 project — a pilot project aimed at developing systemic innovations that support the transformation of the city from its coal mining past. This report employs the “Deep Listening” method that consists of a diagnosis of the situation through a series of interviews with Rybnik’s inhabitants. It focuses on three themes—planned mine closures, entrepreneurship, and the quality of life. Through over 100 partially structured interviews, the report evaluates changes taking place in the city over the last 30 years, perceptions of the current situation in the city, along with the challenges and opportunities related to the further development of the city.
Applying the “Deep Listening” method, the report sets out the context related to the resources and key aspects of the city functioning from the points of view of its inhabitants and opinion leaders. Furthermore, it identifies the key actors and offers a polyphonic narrative of the city within the context of the three themes that are explored through the voices of its inhabitants. Conclusions drawn by the author suggest the need for future-oriented thinking, the strengthening of a local identity, a focus on improvements in the quality of life, and efforts to increase access to accurate information. The narratives section, in particular, provides a useful and replicable approach in highlighting and framing the perspectives of various stakeholders in the city.
This report examines the challenges and opportunities associated with green growth in Chile and proposes a strategy with detailed indicators for assessing the progress of local and regional green growth initiatives.
Economic diversification/restructuring > Economic development plans, Industry and/or sector assistance or plans
Employment > Job creation and/or equality, Skills
Environment and/or pollution > Human health, Nature
Government intervention > Public finance, Regulation
Investment > Private finance
Social and/or cultural impacts > Other
research and development (R&D)
Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Alwine Woischnik, Cristóbal de la Maza, Samantha Sharpe
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
This report on Chile is part of a series that explores the impacts of climate change and emission reduction activities at the local level. In examining local initiatives in Chile, the authors provide insight into how economic and employment development in this and similar carbon-intensive regions can support both low-carbon transitions and growth.
The report details Chile’s socioeconomic context and its various environmental challenges, including climate change, air pollution, soil and water contamination, waste management, and loss of biodiversity. While the concept of green growth is still nascent in Chile, the report identifies initial steps it can take and details a strategy for future efforts based on three pillars: formulating strategies for making various economic sectors environmentally sustainable, implementing economic instruments and other complementary mechanisms, and fostering innovation.
The report emphasizes the need to assess the impacts of climate change and climate mitigation measures at local and regional levels, not just the national level. It explores examples of local green growth initiatives in Chile, which successfully balanced economic and environmental concerns and, in some cases, social concerns. It concludes with a set of indicators that can be used to assess the progress of local initiatives.