Amidst the general excitement surrounding the concepts of digital society and innovation, interconnectivity and multi-level governance, there is a lingering question that makes its presence felt: What about the people? While pursuing the path of continuous innovation, of developing unheard of infrastructures and that of translating human behaviour into artificial intelligence, what becomes apparent is that there is a tendency of forgetting the one aspect that makes us human, namely identity. At the end of the day, identity can be broadly associated with a cultural conditioning each and every one of us has been exposed to. The Assembly of European Regions is adamant in raising awareness regarding this aspect and, hence, happy to present in the following the kick-off of the CUBES (Cultural Administration boosting with the engagement of sustainability for local communities) project in which our organisation is involved.
Culture administration for a sustainable future
Foundational to the project’s aim is establishing an equilibrium between the digital trends and the human dimension within a multi-level governance setting. This linkage is envisioned to be constructed through culture, following up on the UN’s Agenda 2030 for sustainability and all previous efforts for development of the European Union. In this respect the projects adopts a bottom-up approach targeting local communities and authorities as well as interested NGO’s and CSOs. The focal belief is that empowering local communities with knowledge over the significant aspects of cultural administration and sustainable development would result in several positive externalities. People within targeted groups would further disseminate obtained information assuming the role of mentors for others, triggering a form of horizontal governance and eventual exchange of best practices. The end result of this process would be that of increased competitiveness and economic growth. CUBES aims at providing the necessary methodologies and tools to ignite this process. The project is to be implemented over a period of 24 month starting 1st October 2019.
CUBES kick-off: pathway to sustainable humanity
The official kick-off of the CUBES project took place on the 25th of October 2019 in Lisbon. Present at the event were all partner organisations, together with the Assembly of European Regions.
- Homo Eminens (HE) – Lithuania – main applicant, strategy and innovation advisory team
- Mind shift Talent Advisory – Portugal – Consultancy for digital based solutions
- Sarajevo Meeting of Culture – Bosnia and Herzegovina – NGO promoting cultural diversity
- Xenios Polis Culture, Science and Action – Greece – Non-profit education and research organisation
- University of Peloponnese – Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources – Greece
- Center for Social Innovation – Cyprus – Research and Development organisation promoting social innovation
- NGO Support Center- Cyprus- Non-profit organisation promoting civic engagement
- Gripen Europe – Romania – Digital services for culture, research and education
Within the meeting, reiterated were all intellectual objectives set-up in the project. The discussions resulted in well-established and effective strategies of implementation. This event is part of the implementation strategy established for the first intellectual objective, namely that of collecting up-to-date and comprehensive data sets concerning all seven partner countries (Lithuania, Portugal, Bosnia, Romania, Greece, Cyprus and France). Data gathering and mapping are central to gathering examples of good practices and constructing a tailored methodology through which information regarding cultural dissemination can be optimally delivered. This stage is to last until the end of April 2020 and will be followed by the creation of an e-learning platform on which all learning modules will become available.
All intellectual objectives are complemented by multipliers events at local level, comprising of workshops and trainings on subjects of relevance.
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Agnese Pantaloni – European Projects Coordinator
“At the core of a digital society there’s the need for cultural sobriety”