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Re-Action! Sustainability through social innovation
REcentre presents several best practices from the Netherlands and abroad, and compares these to eight projects from Maastricht and the region. The common factor is that it is not the industry that assumes the role of initiator, but individuals and communities that tend to give the impetus for sustainable change. For REcentre this led to the decision to emphasize the importance of social innovation as an agent for sustainability in the exhibition Re-Action!
During the midissage, that took place on the 18th of September 2011, Kate Bull, co-founder of The People's Supermarket (UK), spoke about the importance of social innovation as a catalyst for sustainability. The People's Supermarket is a sustainable supermarket that shows an alternative, food buying network of affordable, high quality and healthy food producers. The members of the supermarket pay an annual contribution and get a reduction on their purchases and control in the policy. The members are also considered to work there minimum half a day per month. The People's Supermarket received this year an Ethical Award from the British newspaper The Observer.
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