“Strengthening civil society, supporting social innovation. The example of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg” - Wilco Project


Event Details

Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße e.V.,
Berlin-Kreuzberg, Urbanstr. 21

Thursday, February 28th, 2013, from 14:00 to 18:00

Event Description

Creative contributions by an “active civil society” –  citizens initiatives, self-help groups and and social entrepreneurs – are perceived as a precondition for social cohesion at the local level. However, innovative welfare services and arrangements request trust, dialogue and cooperation among different stakeholders. Based on the example of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Berlin), this grassroots event invited social innovators, local politicians and staff from the district’s authorities to exchange their respective perspectives. For this purpose, short presentations of six social innovations in the fields of child care, urban development and work integration were commented by “outside observers”. Thereby, mutual learning concerning both sides’ rationales, modes of working and constraints could be facilitated.


Social innovations between claims of autonomy, coexistence and adoption – PDF (106KB)