Posts Tagged ‘Social Innovation’

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

10,000 Employees & 10,000 Potential Innovators

“10,000 employees, but also 10,000 potential innovators.” is the slogan adopted by Turin, URBACT city and the first Italian local authority to pilot an innovative ideas call to staff. Innova.To  was launched in April 2013, with a deadline of 29th May for municipal staff to submit their ideas. The call invites staff to submit proposals […]

By Eddy Adams, on May 16th, 2014 at 09:30

Making Sense Of Medellin

In most cities, I spend time looking for the actions to match the words. In Medellin it was the opposite. After five days gasping at the audacity of its actions, I finally found words that helped me begin to really understand this remarkable transition process. “Inequality Is The Root Of Urban Violence” In the city’s […]

By Eddy Adams, on April 15th, 2014 at 11:15

Paradiso del Cibo (Food Paradise)

As kids, coming home from school, my sister and I used to have a joke: “If you can’t smell burning in the kitchen, then we’re having salad for dinner.” My Mother has many talents, but cooking isn’t one of them, so it was routine for us to see black smoke billowing out of the kitchen, […]

By Eddy Adams, on February 5th, 2014 at 13:08

What is Coming in 2014 for URBACT

As a new year started, the editors of this blog paid a visit to Emmanuel Moulin, Head of URBACT Secretariat. Aside from enjoying the view of Paris skyline the secretariat office in Saint Denis offers, we also came back with a very timely blog post – as it turned out, there will be a lot […]

By URBACT, on January 29th, 2014 at 18:57

Best Practice Is a Dead End – Our Focus Should Be on Building Local Capacity for Social Innovation

  What’s in a name? Whether you call it Social Innovation, Public Service modernization, or anything else, Dublin, host city for the 2013 URBACT Summer University, is a good place to focus on how cities can make better use of public resources in future. For, as we all know, the former Celtic tiger’s claws have […]

By Eddy Adams, on August 12th, 2013 at 11:25

What makes a city buzz?

This is the question which will be addressed by the  social innovation exchange at its Summer School 2010 which takes place in Singapore in September.  The most dynamic cities in the world have always been immersed in the critical innovations of their time, but why do some do it better than others? What inhibits a […]

By URBACT, on July 9th, 2010 at 13:43

Social Innovation Exchange – what methodologies should URBACT be using to fast track implementation of new ideas

The social innovation exchange summer school is an invitation only event for about 125 people.  The report is on the sixwiki  which can be seen at  This wiki was created for recording purposes during the meeting  and then added to afterwards.  This year the SIX summer school was held in Lisbon at the Gulbenkian […]

By URBACT, on September 30th, 2009 at 10:07