Published: 25th May 2011

How can places innovate to address social problems? This was the question for the Young Foundation Future Communities team, who last week were working with city officials and area-based staff to think about tackling urban deprivation in Malmö (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Malmö is an interesting case study for local social innovation. The city has  established a global reputation for innovation on environmental sustainability with the Western Harbour development on the site of an old shipyard; using green building techniques, renewable energy sources, sustainable transport, green spaces and great architecture to create a striking new residential and business neighbourhood. Now the authorities want to transfer this experience of environmental innovation to tackling some of the city’s most challenging social problems.  Malmö, unlike many other Swedish cities, has an ethnically diverse population. Immigrant communities from Iran, Iraq, Somalia and former Yugoslavia live in the most deprived neighbourhoods, where housing conditions are … (To read the full article, subscribe below)