“Two-speed cities are a detriment to citizens in both lanes. As mayor, I am convinced that local administrations have the duty to ensure that the entire citizenry has opportunities. An integrated approach to urban change, promoting the economic development, social cohesion and cultural liveliness of all neighbourhoods, but especially of peripheries, is essential to ensure that no one is left behind. Joining the OECD Champions Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative represents a unique opportunity to exchange views and share practical tools to address this challenge with other mayors having the same vision for their cities.”
– Mayor Giuseppe Sala
Giuseppe Sala was elected Mayor of Milan in June 2016. He is committed to making Milan a more inclusive, sustainable and international city. Grounded in the principles of social cohesion and citizens’ participation, his program focuses on social policies, in particular public housing, income support, and care for the elderly and childcare. He believes that a new generation of welfare, meeting the needs of all of society, is essential.
Before getting into politics, Giuseppe Sala held various managerial positions in both the private and public sector. From January 2009 until June 2010, he served as City Manager of the Municipality of Milan. He was then appointed CEO of the company managing Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exposition, and in 2013, was designated Commissioner of the Government for Expo. Giuseppe Sala holds a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University.
“Open Squares” is a project of the City of Milan applying the concept of “Tactical Urbanism”, a new approach to urban regeneration based on the involvement of residents in the re-styling of their neighbourhood through short-term, affordable and scalable spatial interventions and policies. The goal is to make squares central again to districts’ life, transforming parking or highly trafficked zones into areas where citizens can organize events, activities or just enjoy the quarter. The Municipality cooperates with inhabitants not only in the design of squares, but also in their management, maintenance and use, by programming different kinds of events (from seasonal to non-commercial initiatives, shows, or fairs) according to local needs and preferences.
WeMi is the portal for home-care and household services in the City of Milan, providing easy access to a new system of social services delivered at home. It includes different tools to guide citizens in the selection of high-quality providers for the home-care of the elderly, the education of children, babysitting, household maintenance and all kinds of household management. While offering a one-stop shop to individuals, families, and companies, WeMi gives social businesses and non-profit cooperatives the opportunity to show their social commitment. The online platform is complemented by a network of real offices located all over the city, where citizens with no access to the internet can receive advice from specialized workers. In order to optimize the use of common resources and create or strengthen relations among neighbours, WeMi professionals promote a shared provision of services, for instance a babysitter for several children of the same district, a family helper for various inhabitants of the same building, or shared welfare for employees of the same company.
FabriQ is the first social innovation incubator of the City of Milan, officially owned by the Municipality but managed by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini together with Impact Hub Milano. Located in the peripheral suburb of Quarto Oggiaro, it helps transform start-ups into new economic actors that can have real effects on the social fabric of their neighbourhood and the entire city. FabriQ carries out three different kinds of activities: incubation, an intensive programme to support start-ups in entering the market; training, a set of education courses and workshops on social innovation and start-up development; and social innovation, projects in the city’s outskirts targeting several areas of interest, such as social mobility, the inclusion of vulnerable people, and urban regeneration.
Since 2017, the City of Milan has organised a series of initiatives to promote a “STEM-oriented” culture, remove stereotypes that prevent girls from undertaking studies in the fields of science and technology, reduce the gender employment gap in these domains, and further digital education at all levels. STEMintheCity consists of two distinct but tightly interconnected events, usually taking place in April: the STEM Month. It features activities throughout the city organized by local partners with the support of the Municipality, and the STEM Marathon, a three-day training for all schools, including institutional events, workshops, and debates. Since 2018, STEMintheCity has extended its scope with +A, where “A” stands for “art”, to highlight that while digital is an enabling factor in all education and career development, a creative, humanistic component is essential in generating innovative content.