Cities, actors of change

In terms of public policies, the city is located on a scale close to the needs of the inhabitants. Young people, the elderly, people away from work, sanitation, waste management, urban furniture, public space planning, mobility, energy, education, health, there is no shortage of topics. The city constitutes a complex ecosystem (natural, patrimony, cultura, human) that must be cared for on a daily basis. All over the world, local governments and municipalities, often in consultation with representatives of civil society, are responding to the various social, economic and/or environmental crises throughout their territories. Proximity with local governments, depending on the size of cities, can lead to close links being forged and to taking into account the expertise of its inhabitants in using the city, who then become co-producers of public policies that directly affect them.

To solve these problems of the city’s daily life, some local governments call on the initiatives of the social and solidarity economy in a concern for an integral development capable of generating income but also of creating social cohesion, solidarity, the sense of doing together, of belonging to a community, giving priority to local resources to meet local needs, responsible consumption, etc. Training, support for project creation, information web sites, orientation kiosks, financing, support for incubators, responsible public purchasing, support for SSE promotion events, the actions of municipalities to change the way they look at SSE and weave their initiatives into the daily life of the city are all examples from which we can draw inspiration…

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