Using Social Innovation to Improve Edmonton's Urban Wellness
The City has been working with residents, businesses, agencies and government to develop a 'Recover' approach to improve urban wellness.
Urban wellness includes economy vitality, social capacity, physical and mental health, built and natural environments. Bringing all kinds of people together, from businesses to residents to talk about their lived experiences, is not easy;If we can ensure the right systems are in place, we can promote and sustain conditions for people and neighbourhoods to thrive.
We use a social innovation framework which allows for constant learning, testing and adapting ideas, while considering their cumulative impact.
This isn’t about replacing existing strategies, programs or services. It’s about testing small solutions to improve urban wellness and finding ways to align and collaborate across different orders of government, agencies, local businesses and the community.
What We Learned
We learned the language of social innovation, to accept different forms of knowledge and learning, and above all else, to trust the process and each other.