social innovation

Our work around social innovaton focuses on understanding how to foster innovation, evaluate and implement innovative pilot projects. 

Local governments are required to adapt and innovate their services to respond to new and emerging challenges. Social innovation can mean new ways of formulating policies, new organisational models, new legal frameworks, new partnerships and so on.

Cities are best-placed to build the kind of creative, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural thinking needed for a socially cohesive Europe. Local authorities and NGOs working in communities notice social problems as they occur. This gives them a clearer insight and perspective far in advance of national governments or EU institutions. It means they are in a good position to react to these problems and develop innovative and effective solutions to them. This innovation is closely linked to the principle of subsidiarity: giving the people nearest the problem the capacity to resolve them.

Our social affairs forum and our nine Cities for Active Inclusion partners showcase and promote social innovation by exploring creative policies and projects. Members can share their ideas, learn from others and cooperate on joint commitments and action plans. 

The missing entrepreneurs - Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

The OECD and the European Commission have prepared a publication on policies for inclusive entrepreneurship and its benefit for society.

news

publication date: 11-12-2017

  •  economy

European Commission launches consultation on socially responsible public procurement

On 7 December, the European Commission launched a public consultation on updating the guide on socially responsible public procurement.

news

publication date: 08-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar 12 December

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Tuesday 12 December to give update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 12-12-2017
end date: 12-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities4Europe campaign - Webinar 14 December

Interested in joining 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 14 December to give an update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

French newspaper Le Monde opens its Smart Cities Innovation Awards 'Les Prix de l’innovation' to European cities and beyond!

How will the cities of the future look like? How innovation can benefit cities’ inhabitants, while respecting citizens’ privacy and including the whole population? What new services will allow to progress in the energetic transition and the circular economy?

news

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  mobility

Lyon wins the 2018 Access City Award

On 5 December, the European Commission awarded Lyon with the 2018 Access City Award, on the occasion of the ‘European day for people with disabilities’. The city won the award for its actions of making accessibility a central element of its local development plan.

news

publication date: 06-12-2017

Publication on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship

EUROCITIES has prepared a publication on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship. This publication is based on the work of the EUROCITIES WG Smart Social Inclusion which has been gathering practices from its members.

publication

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  culture

A Culture for Cities and Regions feature film

Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.

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publication date: 04-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

9 cities have already joined the #Cities4Europe campaign. Who will be next?

Nine cities have already joined the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'. Is your city going to be the tenth to register?

news

publication date: 01-12-2017

  •  mobility

event

start date: 21-03-2018
end date: 21-03-2018