Transatlantic Workshop Supports Torino’s Social Innovation Strategy January 04, 2013 / Torino, Italy
As part of the ongoing programming of its Transatlantic Cities Network, GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Program supported the Torino City Council in hosting a workshop in benefit of the city’s efforts to create a social innovation strategy, which aims to assist local youth in identifying and implementing solutions to unmet societal needs. The event brought Torino officials together with counterparts in Charlotte, Durham, and Birmingham, UK. The event also brought together representatives from Brussels and Italy, and over 100 members of the public joined the group during the conference portion of the event.
The goal of the event was to exchange information about social innovation strategies and compare and learn from the E.U. and U.S. policy contexts. For U.S. representatives, the event was an opportunity to see how the EU and local levels interact to encourage social innovation, and attendees received in-depth exposure to Torino’s experience in supporting urban revitalization, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Similarly for the City of Torino, the event presented an opportunity to develop a social innovation vision, engage key local actors, and learn from different policy contexts.
Collaborators also began to discuss creating a series of follow-up products, such as the creation of a global network of social innovation entrepreneurs and a transatlantic student internship program.
Elisa Rosso, Head of Economic Development for the City of Torino, describes the potential impact of the workshop as an opportunity to “develop a new vision on how to create an ecosystem for social innovation at territorial level and share it with key local actors, hence identifying their role within the project,” and to “better design the Torino social innovation program.”