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. 

15 cities learn from Toulouse how to support Roma to access adequate housing

How can cities support Roma to move out of camps into adequate housing? This is what 35 local policy-makers and practitioners on homelessness and Roma inclusion from 15 European cities addressed during a policy transfer study visit to Toulouse. Representatives from the Council of Europe and the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights also took part in the meeting.

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publication date: 19-04-2019

  •  cooperation

Bologna is 22nd city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Bologna became the 22nd city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Virginio Merola signed a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality and principle 19 on housing.

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publication date: 16-04-2019

  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES principles on citizen data: 10 data principles for the common good

Where does our data go? How can citizens take back some control over what will become one of the most valuable resources of our society?

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publication date: 05-04-2019

Key takeaways from our first-ever EUROCITIES Social Innovation Lab

The first-ever Social Innovation Lab of EUROCITIES took place on 25-27 March 2019 in Glasgow. Over 120 city politicians, officers and change makers (social enterprises and foundations) from over 50 cities in Europe joined forces to pilot a new way of working for ‘Making Inclusive Cities through Social Innovation’.

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publication date: 02-04-2019

Open Access Government: A social challenge for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES explains why the fight against poverty and social exclusion is a social challenge for Europe

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publication date: 28-03-2019

  •  cooperation

74 cities have already signed the Declaration on citizens engagement

74 cities have already adopted the EUROCITIES Declaration on citizens' engagement

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publication date: 25-03-2019

  •  cooperation

Cities Today: A city leaders’ agenda for Europe

Imagine if city leaders set the EU agenda...Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of EUROCITIES speaks to Cities Today with some food for thought on future EU policy.

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publication date: 22-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Join our webinar on regulating the urban commons

Through the ROCK EU-funded project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on Thursday 4 April at 11.00 CET. The webinar will be the opportunity to discuss ideas and practice around regulating urban commons, a practice in which Bologna has been a front-runner.

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publication date: 22-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Regulating the urban commons: a ROCK webinar

Starting from the example of the regulation of collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons in Bologna, the webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the commons theories and principles and how they can be applied to urban governance. We will go into details of local examples inspired from the Bologna experience, such as the CO-CITY project supported by the Urban Innovative Actions programme in Turin and the Commons Transition Plan in Ghent.

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start date: 04-04-2019
end date: 04-04-2019

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

A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

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publication date: 21-03-2019