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. 

  •  economy

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start date: 16-10-2019
end date: 16-10-2019

  •  culture

Cities in action: Vilnius tech park

Vilnius has repurposed a major historic site for the 21st century, transforming unused hospital buildings into a dynamic centre connecting technology, culture and creative industries. Vilnius Tech Park has not only put the city on the global start-up map, it has also become a community asset, enabling residents to connect with their heritage and new technology.

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publication date: 30-07-2019

New platform for knowledge sharing on social innovation promotes Athens, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nantes and Porto

Find out about the five social innovations projects from EUROCITIES’ Social Innovation Lab that were presented by Athens, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nantes and Porto during the co-learning workshop in Glasgow, on the ‘Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion’new online platform.

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publication date: 22-07-2019

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

Let's do it together! Citizens engagement at local level

With the goal of supporting local governments in their work on participatory democracy, EUROCITIES, our WG creative citizenship, and the city of Paris are pleased to invite you to attend our conference on citizens engagement at local level

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publication date: 16-07-2019

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

Let's do it together! Citizens engagement at local level - Paris 22 and 23 October 2019

With the goal of supporting local governments in their work on participatory democracy, EUROCITIES, our WG creative citizenship, and the city of Paris are pleased to invite you to attend our conference on citizens engagement at local level: Let's do it together! Citizens engagement at local level – Paris, 22 -23 October 2019

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start date: 22-10-2019
end date: 23-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cluj-Napoca - Imagine the future of the city!

Over the last 10 years, Cluj- Napoca has been the only growing city in Romania. As a natural consequence, the city’s cultural life has been constantly evolving, a process also driven by the European Youth Capital title given in 2015 and the candidature to the European Capital of Culture for 2021.

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publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Eindhoven - Tailor-made district for cooperative development

Eindhoven is currently the largest city in the south of the Netherlands. Eindhoven got his city rights as far back as 1232. In the 19th and 20th century it started growing fast due its attractiveness for cheap land and cheap labour for developing industries.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Liverpool - Adaptive sustainable reuse linked to participatory approaches

Home to 552,000 inhabitants, Liverpool was deeply affected by the decline of manufacturing and port related industries in the 1970s and 80s. Today, Liverpool is cited as one of the most successful examples of European RIS3 funded regeneration.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Turin - Space for ideas to breathe

Turin was deeply affected by the 1980s industrial crisis, which left 10 million square meters of abandoned industrial areas and a population decrease from over 1 million to less than 900,000 in its wake. Heavy investment in culture and knowledge, including universities, research and training, has turned Turin into one of the most dynamic Italian cities.

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publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

New ROCK case studies: inspiring ideas for using cultural heritage to engage citizens

The second ROCK case studies booklet showcases the innovative work of five cities testing new tools to open up opportunities for citizen engagement and social inclusion through cultural heritage.

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publication date: 12-07-2019