CITEGO is a collective adventure based on sharing and pooling experience and reflection.
The information holdings on CITEGO website is the fruit of many years of reflection within FPH (Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind), which still provides most of its financial backing. In 1986, FPH’s firm belief that exchanges of experience between practitioners result in knowledge that is vital to action led the foundation to create spaces and methods to encourage and make use of these exchanges. A number of different resourcessites were created and brought together in COREDEM. Ten years later, the realisation that cities and territories would be called on to play a decisive role in the transition to sustainable societies generated interest in the creation of a specific website.
But it was not until 2008 that the initial website was created, thanks to the voluntary efforts and dedication of two experienced practitioners, Claire Gillio, former head of city research programmes at the French government agency PUCA, and Régis Rioufol, honorary Engineer General of the IPEF (Ingénieurs des Ponts, des Eaux et Forêts—Engineers for bridges, water and forests). The website also benefitted from the technical expertise and commitment of COREDEM manager Suzanne Humberset and FPH programme coordinator Julien Woessner. The project entered a new phase in 2015 with the creation of an independent, non-profit association presided over by Pierre Calame.
Many other people have also contributed to the development, management and life of the information collection since its creation: Sophie Gergaud (Cedidelp leader and web integrator),Kriztina Keresztely (Consultant & researcher in urban and cultural policies), Valérie Lebruman (Manager for website information and coordination), Stéphanie Leheis (Urbanist-Geographer and teaching fellow at Université Paris-Est), Fanny Petit (Head of studies and assessment of urban policies), Qianqian Shen (Architect and Doctor of Urban Planning), and Thomas Weiss (Webgardener, IT developer).
Now, CITEGO goes one step further and supports the territorial actors in their transition processes through a methodology based on the evolution of practices. CITEGO becomes co-producer of transmissible knowledge. This methodology is described in our modes of action.