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. 

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publication date: 17-10-2017

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publication date: 13-10-2017

Social innovation in Nantes: A single access point to simplify the lives of families

Relais Accueil Petite Enfance is an Early Childcare Service Point that aims to lift barriers to employment for parents and ensure social inclusion through a flexible and responsive approach to childcare.

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publication date: 13-10-2017

Democratic Cities

Democratic Cities is an international conference taking place in Madrid from 16-17 November. The event will cover topics such as citizens’ participation and engagement in the democratic process.

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start date: 12-10-2017
end date: 12-10-2017

Twente strives to connect social innovation with economic attractiveness

On 25-26 September, the WG Smart Social Inclusion met in Netwerkstad Twente, a group of cities comprising Enschede, Hengelo, Almelo, Borne and Oldenzaal, located in the eastern part of the Netherlands at the border with Germany.

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publication date: 04-10-2017

  •  mobility

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2017 - EMW Award and SUMP Award

The annual edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK took place from 16-22 September all around Europe. This editions put particular attention on clean, shared and intelligent mobility. Over 2,470 cities in Europe applied and more than 600 city-events were organised throughout the week.

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publication date: 28-09-2017

  •  knowledge society

SAVE THE DATE: The CityScope experience – a showcase into digital city science - 28 September

Citizen participation in the digital age – urban data and their exploitation for city development

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start date: 28-09-2017
end date: 28-09-2017

  •  mobility

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publication date: 20-09-2017

Dresden in Dialogue

Strengthening social cohesion - promoting democracy

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start date: 02-10-2017
end date: 03-10-2017

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start date: 22-09-2017
end date: 22-09-2017