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. 

Open Access Government: A social challenge for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES explains why the fight against poverty and social exclusion is a social challenge for Europe

publication

publication date: 28-03-2019

  •  cooperation

74 cities have already signed the Declaration on citizens engagement

74 cities have already adopted the EUROCITIES Declaration on citizens' engagement

news

publication date: 25-03-2019

  •  cooperation

Cities Today: A city leaders’ agenda for Europe

Imagine if city leaders set the EU agenda...Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of EUROCITIES speaks to Cities Today with some food for thought on future EU policy.

publication

publication date: 22-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Join our webinar on regulating the urban commons

Through the ROCK EU-funded project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on Thursday 4 April at 11.00 CET. The webinar will be the opportunity to discuss ideas and practice around regulating urban commons, a practice in which Bologna has been a front-runner.

news

publication date: 22-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Regulating the urban commons: a ROCK webinar

Starting from the example of the regulation of collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons in Bologna, the webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the commons theories and principles and how they can be applied to urban governance. We will go into details of local examples inspired from the Bologna experience, such as the CO-CITY project supported by the Urban Innovative Actions programme in Turin and the Commons Transition Plan in Ghent.

event

start date: 04-04-2019
end date: 04-04-2019

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

A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

news

publication date: 21-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

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

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

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

  •  cooperation

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

  •  culture

Lisbon Res do Chao

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

case study

publication date: 18-03-2019