The governance system of the City of Helsinki will change in the beginning of 2017. City has launched discussion of the renewal in the end of 2013. Discussion was lubricated by experts and by a 24-hour MDI workshop for highest political players and civil servants of Helsinki. Workshop focused on key themes and questions as well as on international and national benchmarks and lessons learned. Participants are highly motived for renewal. And it’s about time – City of Helsinki, nowadays a machine running over 4 billion euro annual budget, has changed its governance system last time in early 1970s.