DGs REGIO and EMPL Publish Guide to Social Innovation
DGs REGIO and EMPL have together produced a “Guide to Social Innovation”, which is now available to download. In their joint foreword, Commissioners Hahn and Andor draw attention to the need to address the social consequences of the current economic crisis: “…we need to have a fresh look at social, health and employment policies, but also at education, training and skills development, business support, industrial policy, urban development, etc., to
ensure socially and environmentally sustainable growth, jobs and quality of life in Europe.” For the purposes of this guide “social innovation” describes any innovative measure which has explicitly social (as opposed to merely technological or business) goals.
The guide describes how many pre-existing European Union initiatives, from the Digital Agenda to the Structural Funds, are working towards this end, and provides many good examples of relevant co-funded projects, as well as placing them in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Detailed practical tips are provided for regional public authorities as to how to foster and enable social innovation, and how to embed social aims within other policies. These are then summarised in a handy ten step guide at the end of the publication. We hope that you find this guide useful and that you will share it with colleagues and other contacts.