Urban Governance, Participation & Social Innovation Services
Moving European consumption of natural resources down to a level that respects the limits of local and global ecosystems requires a socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transition. Governance and Social Innovation are key instruments for local governments and their communities to shape this transition.
ICLEI looks at how societies organise themselves and how this needs to change in order to support the sustainability transition. Processes of interaction, such as co-production and co-design, governance frameworks and management systems, urban-rural linkages and cultural change, crowd mechanisms and sharing approaches, can be applied to various policy areas that local governments deal with.
In Europe, ICLEI’s conference series Informed Cities Forum brings local governments, civil society, research and business together to discuss how new governance approaches and social innovation can support the sustainability transition.