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. 

EUROCITIES call for publication and video production

We are looking for a company to deliver the outputs (publication and video production) of the EUROCITIES annual work plan for social inclusion, financed under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Investment (EaSI) 2016-2017.

news

publication date: 11-01-2016

  •  cooperation

SEISMIC conference on new concepts of public space

The conference involved discussions on several aspects of public space and was complemented by site visits around Brussels.

news

publication date: 08-12-2015

  •  cooperation

From new urban governance to new public space - second SEISMIC report

We recently published our second SEISMIC project policy watch report, exploring the underpinnings of 'new urban governance' in European cities.

news

publication date: 26-11-2015

  •  cooperation

New urban governance: SEISMIC Policy Watch n°2

The objective of this document is to show what is being discussed and what is being done in cities to find creative solutions to societal issues (social innovation) and to upgrade local governance systems.

publication

publication date: 17-11-2015

event

start date: 23-09-2015
end date: 23-09-2015

  •  economy
  •  environment

publication

publication date: 09-09-2015

  •  economy
  •  environment

European Parliament recognises role of local authorities in green employment

A new resolution adopted by the European Parliament shows strong recognition of the role of local authorities in capitalising on the growth potential of the green economy.

news

publication date: 04-09-2015

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

publication

publication date: 02-09-2015

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 12-11-2015
end date: 13-11-2015