New frameworks and guidelines are needed to strengthen social innovation for urban development, and to allow cities to tap into its full potential.
The SEISMIC (societal engagement in science, mutual learning in cities) project held its project forum on 20-21 April in Brussels, gathering participants from the 10 participating countries to discuss two important issues:
- how to improve links between communities and city administrations so that social entrepreneurs can integrate their ideas into city strategies more quickly
- how to channel social innovation into long term urban development projects to gain greater benefits
Participants debated these questions in five working groups on: social value, collaborative mapping, European cooperative on city innovation labs, social innovation friendly ecosystems, and social exclusion/women and the cities.
The outcomes of these discussions will feed into the research work of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, which is currently drafting a European urban research agenda.
The SEISMIC project helps tackle Europe's biggest urban challenges by engaging citizens, identifying social innovation needs, and contributing to future urban policies and research strategies.
More information about SEISMIC is available on the website at: www.seismicproject.eu