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. 

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’.

publication

publication date: 23-10-2019

  •  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.

case study

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.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Rennes - hotel of projects

Rennes has put citizen empowerment and experimentation at the heart of a project to find a new purpose for a former science faculty building. The resulting ‘hotel of projects’ welcomes diverse temporary initiatives reflecting the immediate needs of a community in motion, establishing a new kind of inclusive creative and learning space.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  culture

Zaragoza - Harinera culture centre

Zaragoza has established the first public cultural centre in Spain co-managed by the city and citizens. Started as an experimental project to provide equality of access to culture, Harinera ZGZ has become a successful, sustainable space dedicated to participation, empowerment and transformation of the neighbourhood through creativity.

case study

publication date: 11-10-2019

  •  knowledge society

Data people cities - EUROCITIES citizen data principles in action

We have selected 10 projects from different cities that are good examples to illustrate each of our 10 principles on citizen data. We want to show how local governments are fully engaged in exploiting the opportunities of the digital transformation in many different policy areas to benefit citizens, and we hope these examples will inspire other cities to do the same. Enjoy the reading and be inspired!

publication

publication date: 10-10-2019

  •  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.

case study

publication date: 30-07-2019

  •  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.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Eindhoven - Tailor-made district for cooperative development

Wealthy in industrial heritage, Eindhoven, in cooperation with builders and private enterprise, has established a system of revitalisation of industrial heritage areas to increase city attractiveness. These resources have allowed the city to implement community building and identity building among citizens in the NRE-area, where the former gasworks of Eindhoven were located. The redevelopment of this area is now managed in an organic way, with as little legislation as possible, and in...

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019