This lab aims to explore how local initiatives or local action groups working in the context of CLLD can act as a motor and platform for social innovation at grass roots level. There are many connections between local development methods and social innovation, especially the pulling together of a stakeholder group involving the main public, private and third sector actors at local level and the engagement with end-users to understand problems.
These groups often go beyond economic development to address social and environmental issues in their localities. They build assets and local institutions often using forms of mixed market solutions such as social enterprise models and cooperatives to improve quality of life for citizens.
Concrete examples will be discussed as well as how to build capacity of groups to deploy well tested models of social innovation. The emphasis will be on the similarities and differences between social innovation initiatives in cities as compared to rural areas, as well as on urban/rural links. Peter Ramsden will lead from the urban and Robert Lukesch from the rural perspective.
This lab will take place from 14.30 to 16.30 on Thursday 20.2.2020 at Scotland House, Rond-point Robert Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels, after the SIMRA conference.
If you would like to participate please contact Robert Lukesch or Peter Ramsden or email: haris_martinos [at] hotmail.com