Social Innovation

A day in the life of a smart city
The debate around smart cities often centres on their economic and environmental benefits. For example, the Global Commission on Economy and Climate recently found that fostering the growth of smart cities could save national governments as much as $22 trillion. The social benefits of smart cities, however, are often overlooked. In fact, smart can have a positive impact on all areas of a person’s life, from the moment they get up in the morning to their work day and commute back home.
Copenhagen is often held up as one of the smartest, most sustainable cities in Europe. From its cycling culture to the use of data to make the city flow, discover some of the steps it has taken to get there.
From solar-powered 'flying' taxis to urban agriculture, discover the innovative ways Paris is taking steps to transform itself into one of Europe's greenest cities.
The past 50 years have seen a rapid increase in urban populations – and this is set to keep rising. See how the population growth across European cities compares and what the future may hold.
How are these four European islands using innovation to become more sustainable?
Poor outdoor air quality can have a major impact on health. Discover what steps European cities are taking to tackle the problem of pollution.
“Cobots" are beginning to have an increased presence in factories. These easy-to-use, relatively inexpensive worker robots are working side-by-side with factory workers across Europe. Read more about the role of the cobot and its future in the workplace.
As the world around us changes, so will the way we work. What kind of job roles might we see advertised in the future?
We look back to the first Industrial Revolution and how the innovations of that era are related to the ‘fourth’, data-driven, industrial revolution we’re experiencing today.
Which are the smartest cities in Europe and how are they using innovative technologies to become more sustainable?
How does a city become ‘smart’? See how data is enabling all aspects of European cities to become smart and connected.
With payments by card and even phone rooting into our daily lives, you might feel like cash is disappearing out of existence. However, governments are printing more money than ever. Why is this and what else do we not know about our hard-earned notes?
Circular economy: recycling towards the future
What is a circular economy and how does it work?