Local seminar on research, social innovation and inclusive public policies held in Italy to raise awareness on the project Re.Cri.Re.
Local seminar “UniverS/City. Research, social innovation and inclusive public policies” was held on 22nd April at Officine Cantelmo in Lecce, Italy.
The University of Salento, one of the Partner Organisations of the Re.Cri.Re consortium, took the occasion to spread information about the aims of this Horizon 2020-funded project led by ALDA in cooperation with 15 universities and research centres.
During the seminar, Dr. Terri Mannarini, from the University of Salento, Dr. Fabio Pollice, Director of the Department of History, Society and Human Studies of the same institution, Dr. Alessandro Delli Noci, City Councillor for the Municipality of Lecce and Dr. Gabriella Morelli, Founder of the Association “Diffondere idee di valore” (“Ideas worth spreading”) engaged in a stimulating discussion about the interchange between academic research and public policies.
The event, which brought together local policy makers, stakeholders, academic researchers, university students and ordinary citizens, was also the perfect opportunity to raise awareness on the project Re.Cri.Re. Its framework was described and preliminary results illustrated, thereby fostering a fruitful debate on how social and psychological research can serve the purpose of planning effective public policies. Special attention was devoted to the topic of social innovation, on the basis that change occurred in contemporary society demands for innovative responses to social and collective needs.
The “Lecce Social Innovation City” project, promoted by the municipality of Lecce, was also showcased and some interesting links were established between the two initiatives. Reflecting upon local cultures and the way people represent the world they live in can provide useful hints to carry out social innovation, hence promoting community well-being. Other fruitful outcomes of the local seminar included networking and engagement of policy makers and stakeholders in the projects goals, and the proposal for the creation of an interdisciplinary research centre for the study of policy and social innovation.
Re.Cri.Re is a three-year project funded under the call “Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” in the framework of EU Programme Horizon 2020. ALDA, in cooperation with a consortium of 15 universities across Europe, launched it in May 2015 with the objective to analyse the symbolic background of European societies and the impacts of the socio-economic crisis on them, in order to frame better policies at the local, national and European level.