Local governments and social economy are the key drivers of urban renewal projects

Pictures Credits: Kate Kim

On Monday, July 19, UCLG organized a peer learning event on the issue of social economy as a side event of 12th Metropolis World Congress. It was aimed to discuss and share each other’s experience among the peers on urban renewal on the perspective of social economy policy.

The peer learning activity took place at the cafeteria of Technopole Angus, the field visit site. It gave open atmosphere to the participants to talk more freely. The four cases of Montreal, Seoul, Johannesburg, and Barcelona has been discussed and later the cases were shown by the method of gallery of best practice. It is the method of using the posters of the city cases to let the participants walk around and take a look at the cases at a glance. With the visual demonstrations of the posters, the participants discussed on how social economy can be a key driver of urban renewal, and what is the role of local governments in these projects and the policy transferability to the other cities with the similar context.

After the discussion, the participants took the site visit on Technopole Angus, which was the case of Montreal. It made the discussion more vibrant and to the earth as they can see and feel the real policy implementation rather than superficially talk on the issues.

The activity was organized in collaboration with Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), the global platform for promoting social economy, the International Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer on the Social and Solidarity Economy (CITIES), Barcelona Activa, and South African Cities Network (SACN). This was the first activity of GSEF as being a member of the Community of Practice in UCLG network which was approved in the Executive Bureau Meeting in Madrid in this April.