This project was initiated with the idea to help creative hubs from Europe to connect and collaborate.
WHY [What problem is solved]
Over the past ten year we have seen a global development of communities of creative people convening in spaces to invent, to collaborate, to make and to create. These communities form what we now call creative hubs and they represent the creative sector in the dawn of the 21st century. Having that in mind, this project was conceived with the aim to create a map of these specific initiatives, and while the Map expanded throughout Europe, it became clear that it was important to stop, analyze, define their specificities, but also to understand the needs of these new hybrid organizations and spaces. It was noticeable that there was a need to create new models and fresh strategies that will help their further development of creative hubs in Europe. This project is designed to address these needs and challenges.
How (we did this project)
The project was implemented through several program activities:
1. Organization of three international forums – in Belgrade (September 2016), Athens (January 2017) and in Sheffield (November 2017). Each forum, through various formats, conversations, presentations, lectures and publications, dealt with some of the important topics within the creative hub sector:
• Collaborative organizations and spaces
• Development and innovation
• The challenges of a collaborative economy
2. Creation of a special online platform that allows hubs in Europe to become visible.
This platform within its structure allows users to:
- search the map of creative hubs in Europe according to different criteria;
- follow the latest news from the field of creative economy, as well as project activities from individual huts;
- improve their professional skills and raise the capacities of their habits through access to educational content, workshops and web-sites;
- follow the development of the project as well as partner activities.
3. Designing a special exchange program – the P2P scheme, which is conceived as a program that supports mobility of hub managers with the goal of direct linking with colleagues in other countries in order to bring the exchange of experience and knowledge to a higher level, and provide better opportunities for development of partner programs and projects.
What is the next step
The ECHN project is still in the process of implementation.