Sharing Space as Social Innovation Re-embedding Social Values into Public Space

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    One of the most pressing contemporary challenges is the need for inclusion of vast number of people in urban innovation processes and societal systemic solutions to tackle sustainability inequality climate change and other major challenges. But there is little understanding of what role civil society organizations (CSO) can play to sustain, help propagate and preserve gains from these solutions and how increasing market commodification and governing interventions may affect these efforts. One result of this lack of understanding is reflected in the expectation that entrepreneurs will solve environmental problems in cities. This paper contributes knowledge to the emerging literature on the impact of social innovation with a comparative qualitative empirical case analysis in the field of promotion of sharing space for bicycle use in four European cities. The analysis demonstrates a strong relationship between the presence, vitality and variety of CSO social innovation and the cities’ success in promoting greater social inclusion in the use of public space for bicycling. It is concluded that in the field of sharing space and promotion of bicycle use social innovation has a strong role to play. Over time, it can open venues for collective meaning formation, and help in propagation and preservation of values and ideas that can lend support to scaling up opportunities for these solutions. Scaling up bicycle use will require unabated support to civil society’s social innovation capabilities with emphasis of equal measure to those given today to commercial, planning and legislative actions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Number of pages37
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy. ERNOP 2017: The Changing Face of Philanthropy? Philanthropy in an Era of Hybridity and Alternative Forms of Organizing - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 13 Jul 201714 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 8


    Conference8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy. ERNOP 2017
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
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    • Social innovation
    • Urban environment
    • Bicycle use
    • Sharing space

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