Smart Urban Intermediaries:
‘People who make a difference
Connecting people. Changing Communities.
European cities face complex challenges that demand smart solutions. This project puts urban intermediaries, those people who can bring people and resources together in innovative ways, at the heart of smart urban development and sets out to understand how they create social innovation.
Our research takes place in four European cities: Birmingham, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Amsterdam. We are working in collaboration with a range of partners in the public, third and community sectors, brought together in local and transnational ‘living labs’. The purpose is to advance knowledge of how intermediaries innovate and generate smart urban development, creating opportunities for dialogue and learning between social innovators across Europe.
TRANSNATIONAL LAB - KRAKOW, POLAND JUNE 2019
Our visit to Krakow as part of the SUI programme provided an opportunity to become reacquainted with familiar faces, meet new folk, learn some new stuff, compare this with old stuff, but most importantly reflect and learn from our collective experiences with colleagues from England, Netherlands, Denmark and Poland.
TRANSNATIONAL LAB - GOVAN, GLASGOW (13 & 14 September 2018)
This short video gives a great roundup of our Transnational Lab which took place in Govan in September.
Also have a read of two blogs, which sum up the lab from the attendees point of view:
FIVE WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS
This short video introduces key findings from the pilot research that informed the development of our Smart Urban Intermediaries project.
We found five ways in which people seek to make a difference in urban neighbourhoods: enduring, struggling, facilitating, organising, and trailblazing.
These approaches can be combined productively, but they can also clash. Our project seeks to understand how this takes place, and to foster productive dialogue between people taking local action in communities across Europe.
The video was funded by What Works Scotland and made by IRISS. You can read about the research in this journal article: ‘Five Ways to Make a Difference: Perceptions of Practitioners Working in Urban Neighborhoods’ or access the Open Access version.