Reggio Emilia, Italy. Cultural heritage supporting social innovation and urban digital transformation.
By maintaining the connection between our past and our present we enhance our cultural identity and that is exactly what the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy has done. It has been able to reinvent itself to the new times by incorporating its history as part of its identity.
The city of Reggio Emilia managed to create, starting from a semi-abandoned monastery, an open lab where participatory processes with local stakeholders offer experimentation opportunities to citizens, informal groups, local organisations and young entrepreneurs to innovate in the (public) welfare services and social entrepreneurship. The Cloisters is used as a place of culture, a physical place to manifest Reggio Emilia’s cultural policy.