Torino Social Innovation

Torino Social Innovation
TSI aims to address social needs in different fields and to create a blended value for the society, sustaining young social entrepreneurs, their creativity, digital competences and perception.
Social Purpose: 
The 2008 financial crisis and the global economic recession have impacted the City of Turin, producing in the metropolitan area relevant job losses. This fact led to the increase of the unemployment rate, in particular relating to young people. Moreover, the austerity measures delayed the growth, due to expenditure constraints and financial limitations even at a local level. Accepting the challenge proposed by the European Commission initiative “Smart Cities & Communities”, the Municipality of Turin decided to follow a path to become an “intelligent city”, able to improve the citizens quality of life. For Turin it is more than a simple administrative project, it represents a cultural shift. During the last year, in order to follow this path, Turin has defined the Strategic Plan “SMILE – Smart Mobility, Inclusion, Life&Helth and Energy” to identify priorities and key actions in the smart city domains, also including the field of social innovation. Indeed, the City has a long tradition in the social sector: half of the total social enterprises in the Piedmont Region is located in Turin, and in Turin there is a palpable vitality of partners, both public and private, profit and non- profit, that operate in the social sector. Thus, Turin appeared as a place with a high concentration of initiatives, partners, and competences that constituted the preconditions for the experimentation of new social innovation models in favour of youngsters. In order to better understand and verify the local social needs, the Municipality organized several meetings with the population. The Municipality used the results of a national call on the topic of social innovation launched by the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, to survey how many staruppers from Turin had participated, how many had won, and which ideas they had proposed, in which fields. From this study, it emerged that of the 40 winning projects, 12 had been proposed by startuppers coming from Turin, and that people had applied because of the lack of job opportunities and because of their sensitivity for local societal needs. This survey, as well as data about local welfare, revealed that the most pressing challenge for Turin was the high rate of juvenile unemployment and that social entrepreneurship and selfemployment could have been a way to face this challenge.
Social Impact: 
Since now, more than 30 organizations have jointed the open platform of TSI. 147 stratuppers have presented their ideas. 32 have received coaching support, while 21 have also been funded, for a total amount of 1.186.287,44 €.
Innovative Character: 
The most relevant innovative features of TSI are two. First, it is one of the first local policy in Italy directly addressed to social innovators. The second crucial innovative feature consists on the fact that the Municipality of Turin supplies this public service in partnership with a network of 30 partners, through the model of an open platform, using a participatory governance approach. This integration and complementarily of competences and know-how is fundamental in order to achieve the objectives of TSI. Indeed, this approach allows the integration of the facilities provided by the Municipality with other services supplied by other partners, in order to leverage public resources and multiply the benefits for young proponents. Finally, the model of the open platform that groups all the competences and services in a one-shop-point is useful for the startuppers, that can access all the available services on the territory through one point of contact.
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