SIMRA - Newsletter #2 - April 2017
Welcome to SIMRA's second newsletter!
SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas) is a four-year project (2016-2020) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It aims to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development – and how to boost them – inmarginalised rural areas across Europe and around the Mediterranean, including non-EU countries.
But what is social innovation?? We are pleased to present our brand new working definition:
"Social innovation is the reconfiguring of social practices in response to challenges associated with society, economy or environment based on novel ideas and values. These practices include the creation of new institutions, networks, and governance agreements, and seek to enhance societal outcomes, especially but not exclusively for disadvantaged groups, and recognizing the likelihood of trade-offs among competing interests and outcomes. While these practices may include diverse institutions, they necessarily include the voluntary engagement of civil society actors."
This definition could be revised as the project evolves.
Find out more about our project on the project's website.