This publication details the outcomes of the project "Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities" (SEiSMiC). Implemented between 2013 and 2016, SEiSMiC created national networks in 10 European countries, bringing together a wide variety of social initiatives, grassroots movements, social innovators, social entrepreneurs, citizens, NGOs, interest groups, freelancers, educators, scientists and policy makers. During the three years of project implementation, SEiSMiC served as a living and lively laboratory for urban, social and open innovation. As this publication shows, the project has contributed to a deeper understanding of the social dimension of urban development, which in turn has influenced future research priorities. At national level, SEiSMiC has helped to frame social innovation in an urban development context, establishing local groups that will continue after the end of the project period. The publication showcases illustrations produced in the framework of the project's Sketch exercise, during which artists created visual impressions of citizens' views, ideas and inputs, and posted them on a public blog.
The SEiSMiC project supports and adds a social dimension to JPI Urban Europe. It is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, and is implemented with the participation of the REC’s Smart Cities and Mobility Topic Area.
SEiSMiC: Enabling social innovation in European cities
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