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.


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