Posts Tagged ‘Social Innovation’

Social innovation: How about measuring water quality for ourselves?!

City Mine(d) is a Brussels- and London-based NGO that has been active for over 20 years in projects involving citizens and local residents in urban development. City Mine(d) deliberately blurs the boundaries between social and technological innovation and artistic creation. Using the methodology of “radical prototyping”, Jim Segers, one of City Mine(d)’s founders, tells URBACT [...]

By Jim Segers, on August 22nd, 2017 at 11:11

4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of [...]

By Petra Očkerl, on March 14th, 2017 at 13:25

Cities for all ages: 3 stories to get inspired

We claim to want to build cities for everyone but it seems that not everyone is invited to be part of the conversation. Among many dimensions of exclusion, such as gender, economic status or ethnicity, there is one that is probably the easiest to remedy and yet often forgotten: age. As Gil Penalosa, former Commissioner [...]

By Ania Rok, on July 28th, 2016 at 10:19

‘Migrant crisis’: Two worlds apart seeking cohesion between the national and local levels

Credit photos: Gordon Welters/UNHCR, “How will Germany house all its refugees?”, irinnews.org How can social innovation help in today’s Europe, which is welcoming people from Africa and the Middle East, fleeing war and poverty? How can social innovation reduce the fear of the unknown in central and east European countries, who do not have a [...]

By Peter Wolkowinski, on May 2nd, 2016 at 12:31

Growing Free-range Civil Servants

Public employees can innovate. This was lesson number one for the Innova.to project, which our contributor Eddy Adams followed and reported on for us. The great thing, one might add, is that once you have innovative public employees or civil servants, cooperation with citizens is likely to improve as a result: citizen-led innovation won’t represent [...]

By URBACT, on June 10th, 2015 at 19:04

The URBACT City Festival – Seen By Its Participants

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By URBACT, on May 26th, 2015 at 11:13

Why Building City Stakeholder Capacity Matters More Than Ever

We’re on the road again. Between late October and early 2015 URBACT is holding Info-Days  in locations across the EU. It’s an opportunity for our participating cities to share some of the success stories from the current programme, now drawing to a close. And of course we’ll also be explaining how URBACT III is going [...]

By Eddy Adams, on October 29th, 2014 at 16:01

Sharing Food to Save the Planet: The Unusual Suspects Festival

Apart from Jordan and Even, I don’t think anyone else noticed that the carrots were missing. The two signature dishes created by chef Even Bakke during our workshop went down a treat. Both vegetarian, and one inspired by Iranian cuisine, they typified the exciting things happening in Sweden’s public kitchens. They also provided the perfect [...]

By Eddy Adams, on September 17th, 2014 at 15:35

Social Innovation: My Generation at Work Builds a Bridge Between Turin and NYC

Can the experiences of social innovation realised in Europe be a model in the United States? The visit of Turin Social Innovation staff to the Centre for Social Innovation of New York in the framework of the URBACT project My Generation at Work  confirmed how European cities can be positive examples at global level in [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on August 1st, 2014 at 16:44

Social Grocery Shop Grants Access to Organic Food and Regional Products

Partners of the URBACT Sustainable Food in Local Community network recently met in Lyon, France, for a study visit and workshops. Their hosts introduced them to La Passerelle d’Eau de Robec, a social grocery helping deprived population to access to basic and sustainable products and which creates a social link between people in need and residents [...]

By URBACT, on July 10th, 2014 at 19:13