Our Focus Should Be on Building Local Capacity for Social Innovation

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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 been clipped, with dramatic economic and social consequences for its capital – and the rest of the country.

Ireland’s cities may be extreme examples, but across Europe most city managers are running to stand still, expected to make smaller budgets go further. In our recent URBACT paper on Social Innovation we described how cities are responding to this challenge, with particular reference to young people.

More information: www.blog.urbact.eu

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