This report investigates open innovation as a method of engaging citizens to identify and solve urban challenges. It is built on insights from the GEniUS! Open innovation project which was part of an URBACT programme which enables the exchange of knowledge and experience between cities through defined projects and networks. GeniUS! Open tested the transfer of practice from the City of York (UK) to Tallinn (Estonia), San Sebastian (Spain) and Siracusa (Italy).

The success of the transfer of open innovation practice related to how willing each city was to be humble, open, curious and brave. The more they embodied these traits the more successful they were in engaging citizens, generating ideas and creating better places.

Social action Social innovation

Posted on: 10 June 2015 Authors: Tricia Hackett,


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