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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Apply for the European Social Economy Cities and Regions 2019.

By 31 January 2019 you have the opportunity to apply for the European Social Economy Cities and Regions 2019.

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publication date: 16-01-2019

  •  cooperation

Lublin citizens panel on migration makes three recommendations

As part of our citizens panels initiative, Lublin organised a large consultation on migration in December which gave citizens the opportunity to hear from and debate directly with the European Commission and other experts and put forward possible solutions.

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publication date: 15-01-2019

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ROCK - Bologna visit report_access to cultural heritage

ROCK - Bologna visit report_access to cultural heritage

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publication date: 14-01-2019

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ROCK - Eindhoven visit report_industrial heritage and living labs

ROCK - Eindhoven visit report_industrial heritage and living labs

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publication date: 14-01-2019

  •  culture

ROCK - Lisbon visit report_regeneration of neighbourhoods

ROCK - Lisbon visit report_regeneration of neighbourhoods

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publication date: 14-01-2019

  •  culture

ROCK - Lyon visit report_management of world heritage sites

ROCK - Lyon visit report_management of world heritage sites

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publication date: 14-01-2019

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ROCK - Skopje visit report_participation processes

ROCK - Skopje visit report_participation processes

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publication date: 14-01-2019

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ROCK - Turin visit report_mainstreaming cultural heritage

ROCK - Turin visit report_mainstreaming cultural heritage

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publication date: 14-01-2019

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

URBACT III call for Action Planning open!

URBACT released its final URBACT III call for Action Planning networks on January 7th. The focus is on collaborative networks of cities to co-design integrated action plans on urban poverty, mobility, digital transitions etc.

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publication date: 11-01-2019

  •  economy

Braga is 5th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Today, Braga became the 5th city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Braga's Mayor, Ricardo Rio, signed a strong commitment to principle 18 on long-term care.

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publication date: 09-01-2019