For the first time ever, EUROCITIES is organising a Social Innovation Lab. The theme of the Lab is 'Making Inclusive Cities through Social Innovation'. We aim to address the new and emerging social challenges in cities by fostering co-learning, co-sharing and co-creation of innovative solutions.
We will gather 100 urban policy-makers, city practitioners and 'change makers' (social entrepreneurs, start-ups with social impact, foundations) from over 50 cities in Europe to share social innovations, learn to transfer their lessons and co-create potential solutions to implement in cities. Our aim is to strengthen the capacity of cities to develop and implement innovative solutions to new social challenges.
- Match cities’ needs for social innovation with some other cities’ experience in the field
- Capitalise on lessons learned from recent pilots of social innovation in cities
- Foster the transfer, replication and upscaling of social innovations to other urban contexts
- Nurture city-to-city collaborations for new pilots of social innovation
- Co-create new solutions to tackle complex social challenges in cities
Our NEW method
We will pilot a new method of collaborative learning between cities focused on social innovation in three stages:
- Co-learning - learn how to transfer lessons from recent pilots of social innovation in cities
- Co-sharing - share know-how and exchange good practices of social innovations in cities through site visits, speed-networking and exhibition of projects by cities and invited local partners
- Co-creating - working together to co-design possible solutions to current social challenges in cities
- What do we want our inclusive cities to look like and how to achieve it? What are the ‘new’ solutions to this ‘old’ mission?
- How can cities act as ‘change makers’ to develop and implement innovative solutions to new social challenges?
- Which lessons from urban innovative actions is your city interested to learn from and transfer to your own urban context?
- Who can cities work with to pilot new solutions to address current and future social challenges? How can cities work better together to maximise opportunities for social innovations?
Social challenges in focus
We will explore five pressing challenges to social inclusion in cities in line with the priorities of our SAF strategy for 2019-2020 and with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). We will focus on social challenges cross-cutting different city services and we will look into innovative approaches to delivering integrated solutions to address them:
- Rising inequalities and urban poverty, including homelessness and working poor
- Digitalisation and future of work and skills
- Inclusion of migrants in the local communities (through education, employment, culture, social mix approach and participation in community life)
- Tackling gentrification through more affordable housing in cities
- Integrated social care and health services
- 100 participants from 50 cities will gain new perspectives, new skills and know-how of social innovations and better knowledge of available funding opportunities for social innovation in cities
- at least 5 participant cities, whose pressing social challenges are explored in-depth in workshops, will benefit from new ideas for actionable solutions that can lead to piloting of innovative approaches
- New city-to-city partnerships for collaborations on common EU projects
Booking your accommodation in Glasgow
To book your accommodation, please check the list of hotels recommended by the local organisers in Glasgow: www.peoplemakeglasgow.com/ESAF2019 You will note that Grand Central is the hotel closest to our venue since our conference will also be held there.
The team from Glasgow will be happy to help you book your accommodation. If you need assistance, please contact email@example.com.
Getting to and around Glasgow
You can find information about how to get to and around Glasgow and what to visit in the city here.
Join us in Glasgow to make inclusive cities through social innovation!