(06 October 2016) - 40 participants worked on solutions to societal challenges at the Summer School on “Urban Social Innovation” in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on September 20-23. It was organised by Social Innovation Community (SIC) and co-hosted by the University of Tilburg.
Running in parallel to the “European Social Innovation Week 2016” with more than 1 000 participants, the Summer School group experienced a vibrant week around social innovation with four days of top-class lectures on the topics of ‘Municipalities and cultural change’, ‘The role of intermediaries on urban social innovation’ and ‘Development of urban social innovation ecosystems’.
The participants (students, practitioners, researchers etc.) worked on real-life challenges the city of Tilburg is currently facing in youth unemployment, energy consumption, and start-up support, and thereby had the opportunity to apply what they had learned.
On the final day of the Summer School, the developed solutions were presented to Tilburg officials and citizens.