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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Lyon Urban Heritage Observatory

Since 1998, the historic part of Lyon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The listing was a recognition of urban and architectural heritage exceptional value and has led institutional actors to commit themselves in the preservation and enhancement of Lyon cultural heritage: Listing is not a privilege or a first prize, but a responsibility towards the inhabitants and the visitors. The Urban Heritage Observatory plans to capture and react to living and working changes in the...

case study

publication date: 21-03-2019

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Skopje Lab

Until recently, the city of Skopje operated according to a traditional, top-down governance model. This approach, however, bred public mistrust of distant government institutions and a low level of satisfaction with the quality of the public services it offered. Faced with complex societal challenges and increased demand for better public services, Skopje decided to take off on an innovation journey to make the city a better place to live and opened the first public innovation lab on the...

case study

publication date: 21-03-2019

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Euractiv: Europe depends on its cities

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES speaks to Euractiv ahead of our second mayors' summit and launch of EUROCITIES 'city leaders agenda for Europe'.

publication

publication date: 20-03-2019

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Lisbon Res do Chao

Re-use of the abandoned ground floors in a low income housing context

case study

publication date: 18-03-2019

New EUROCITIES report: Cities delivering social rights

Coinciding with the launch of the city pledges at the European Parliament on 21 February, EUROCITIES also launched a new report mapping cities’ policy measures in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report covers 20 cities in 12 countries governing a total of 20 million people.

news

publication date: 15-03-2019

Social Affairs Forum updates for November 2018 - March 2019

This document presents an overview of EU key policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs for the period November 2018 - March 2019.

publication

publication date: 15-03-2019

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Bologna - Let's do it together!

In the last 5 years, Bologna has successfully trialled an urban innovation model based on circular subsidiarity and civic collaboration, the ‘collaborative city.’ This means public administrations governing not only on behalf of citizens, but also with citizens, basing their policies on the two concepts of city as commons and citizens as a great source of energy, talent, resources, capabilities and ideas in support of urban regeneration.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

EUROCITIES - city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES political manifesto ahead of the European elections

publication

publication date: 12-03-2019

Join our study visit to the education authorities in Barcelona on 24-26 April

EUROCITIES is organising a study visit to Barcelona on 24-26 April in the framework of its Working Group inclusion through education.

news

publication date: 08-03-2019

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WG creative citizenship met in Ostend

To have meaningful citizen’s participation and co-creation of local policies, chose to engage with conflict, “cherish your angry citizens” said professor Wouter Van Dooren in a public lecture in Ostend last week, in front of our WG creative citizenship.

news

publication date: 06-03-2019