Alpine Social Innovation Strategy

Alpine Social Innovation Strategy (ASIS)

Alpine Space (ASP) is a really dynamic territory in term of research, innovative projects and SI initiatives, but shows limited inter-Alpine cooperation and significant regional and social disparities. Then, as all European regions, the ASP area meets crucial challenges, like climate change, socio-demographic changes, migrations, economic disparities. Technological innovation cannot itself answer to all the economic and social challenges of the ASP area anymore. SI is considered a crucial soft location factor for generations and economic development. SI explore the human potential and capacity for technological and service innovation and is a driver for well being. For that, it has become necessary to carry out the following actions: to develop public policies and an adequate ecosystem capable of providing effective support for SI (GECES report, European Commission, 10/2016) and to promote a shift from a project-based approach to long-term strategies that include SI. ASIS project desires to boost a real change and will develop an improved cooperation between ASP innovation kew actors, better adapted answers to societal ASP challenges and new knowledge and skills of public authorities, business support organisations and sectoral agencies levels. 

To support this change, ASIS will propose new tools and methodologies, an innovative platform, new strategic policies & recommendations to public actors through a white book, Simulation models and many other materials. ASIS new strategy will use findings of existing ASP projects and SI research.

ASIS Project has three specific objective:

  • To provide public authorities, business support organisations & sectoral agencies with common criterias/concept of Social Innovation (SI) between Alpine Social Space regions in order to create a common vision of SI and launch the first steps to develop a shared SI strategy for economic development.
  • Propose new tools, methodologies and guidelines in order to help business support organisations and sectoral agencies to better support sustainable and Social Innovation projects and improve cooperation between them on that topic
  • Give recommandations to public authorities on how to adapt public policies to social innovation challenges through a "white paper" and how to support funding bodies in a new approach of funding principles.