Swiss mountain regions are under pressure: Economic growth is increasingly being questioned in the face of a wide range of challenges. This research project analyzes the role of social innovation in connection with growth issues in the Bernese Oberland. Social innovations are new approaches to solving social and economic challenges that involve new forms of cooperation (e.g. employee sharing in tourism, new forms of basic services, public-private cooperation in the renovation of second homes). We focus on tourism, the construction industry and the health care sector.
Inventory of social innovations published
Swiss mountain regions are certainly innovative when it comes to finding solutions to specific challenges faced by peripheral areas. On this website, a list of socially innovative ideas from the Bernese Oberland is made publicly available. Through a comprehensive analysis of more than 970 innovative projects, the research team identified 68 social innovations that have emerged in the Bernese Oberland in recent years.