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. 

Cities in action: Glasgow adopts cooperative model

Glasgow Council is changing the way it works internally and with external organisations to make a greater difference to city life.

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publication date: 28-04-2017

EUROCITIES attends workshop on inclusive entrepreneurship

On 9-10 March, EUROCITIES and some of our members attended a workshop organised by the OECD's Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) and the European Commission with the aim of providing feedback on a new inclusive entrepreneurship policy guidance tool.

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publication date: 28-04-2017

Social affairs forum in Lisbon: highlights

On 3-4 April, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum held a meeting in Lisbon.

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publication date: 28-04-2017

  •  economy

EUROCITIES welcomes the European Pillar of Social Rights and demands for cities to be involved

Today, the European Commission adopted its proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar aims to update the European social model in light of changing economic and labour markets. It sets out 20 key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. They concern equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion.

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publication date: 26-04-2017

WG Smart Social Inclusion in Brno

The next meeting of the WG Smart Social Inclusion will take place in Brno from Thursday 1st to Friday 2nd June.

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start date: 01-06-2017
end date: 02-06-2017

Cities reaffirm their commitment to fight against poverty and rising inequalities

On 3-4 of April 2017, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum held a meeting in the city of Lisbon. A record number of 140 representatives from over 40 cities gathered to discuss effective ways to prevent and respond to deep-seated poverty and rising inequalities in cities.

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publication date: 10-04-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

publication

publication date: 03-03-2017

Working group smart social inclusion: Milan’s social entrepreneurship strategy

On 23-24 February, Milan hosted a study visit for members of EUROCITIES working group smart social inclusion to present the city’s initiatives for promoting social entrepreneurship and social inclusion. Representatives from Bialystok, Brno, Katowice, Madrid, Nantes, Porto, Riga, Utrecht and Warsaw were in attendance.

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publication date: 27-02-2017

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start date: 03-04-2017
end date: 04-04-2017

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start date: 23-02-2017
end date: 24-02-2017