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. 

Call for external expert - preparation of an analytical report on the European Pillar of Social Rights - Housing and assistance for the homeless

EUROCITIES is looking for an external expert to produce a report on the implementation at local level of principle 19 of the European Pillar of Social Rights – Housing and assistance for the homeless. If you have an interest in urban policies related to social housing and tackling homelessness, we hope to hear from you by 15 November.

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publication date: 05-11-2019

Highlights from Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw on 22-24 October

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Warsaw on 22-24 October 2019 to discuss the topic of ‘Inclusive cities: Ensuring social inclusion & well-being for all ages’. The first paper free forum meeting had a great attendance of 150 participants, from 50 cities including 15 politicians and representatives of European Commission, European Investment Bank, UNICEF, EUROCHILD and beneficiaries of Warsaw’s ESF projects. The two-days meeting offered the opportunity to identify what works to...

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publication date: 05-11-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES Awards 2019: find out about our inspiring finalists!

With our annual awards just a few weeks away, we'd like to introduce you to the nine projects selected as the very best examples of action transforming the liveability of city centre districts, the social fabric of cities and the repurposing of historic buildings.

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publication date: 24-10-2019

Top city actions to fight poverty and social exclusion

11 more cities have made financial commitments to fight poverty and social exclusion, as part of EUROCITIES ongoing political initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: social rights in my city’.

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publication date: 23-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Joining forces on the platform economy

Several of our members cities met to discuss the rather thorny issue of the platform economy, especially Airbnb rentals and what this means for city administrations at a side meeting at our EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum in Munich.

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publication date: 21-10-2019

  •  culture

Replication and co-creation workshop in Lisbon

As part of the ROCK EU funded project, EUROCITIES organises a replication and co-creation workshop in Lisbon.

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start date: 26-09-2019
end date: 27-09-2019

  •  knowledge society

Bristol’s Smart Homes

Bristol has taken community engagement to the next level to encourage and enable citizens to test tomorrow’s energy technology today. Its co-developed smart appliances project is helping households save money, communities build capacity and the city explore new energy systems and their impact on fuel poverty and carbon emissions.

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publication date: 11-10-2019

Contribute to the evaluation of the support to social inclusion by the European Social Fund (ESF)

The European Commission is launching an online consultation to evaluate the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in supporting social inclusion.

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publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  knowledge society

Join, boost, sustain

The final consolidated version of the political declaration on the ‘Join, Boost, Sustain – Joining forces to boost sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU’ initiative is now available!

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publication date: 11-10-2019

Munich’s conflict management office

Munich has developed a method of mediation through dialogue to ensure citizens feel safe and comfortable in public spaces. By advocating all user groups’ interests and concerns, the all-party conflict management (AKIM) team is transforming how people feel about city living, increasing self-responsibility among citizens and giving decision-makers insights into issues affecting peaceful coexistence.

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publication date: 11-10-2019