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5 Oct 2020

Nova Iskra in Portugal as part of the CreativeFLIP project


Within the Creative FLIP project and its second round of peer-to-peer exchange program for creative hubs and communities across Europe and its neighborhood, CRU Cowork from Porto will be hosting guests from Nova Iskra in Belgrade.

Within this exchange guests from Belgrade, Nana Radenković (Co-founder and Program Manager of Nova Iskra) and Dragana Jevtić (Co-founder and Director of Creative Mentorship, a member of the Nova Iskra coworking community) will share their experiences and insights on benefits and values of mentorship for creatives.  

What is mentorship? Is it for me? What can I learn and gain from it? If i become a mentee or a mentor, what impact will it have on my personal and professional development? Should I find a mentor for myself? And if yes – how? These are just some of the questions we will discuss jointly with participants and the audience, in an interactive presentation and Q&A session. This program will focus on various topics around mentorship and its specific value for personal and professional development to the upcoming leaders in the field of culture, art and media.

Creative Mentorship was developed in Serbia 8 years ago as a bottom-up initiative, from the need which was recognized by initiators. Since then, through every new cycle and new generation of mentees and mentors, the program has been further developed and improved.  Creative Mentorship promotes  mentorship as a way of lifelong learning and exchange of knowledge and experience between established professionals, mentors and emerging professionals, mentees. So far, 5 cycles of the program were realized with more than 250 participants..Our network  represents 250 ambassadors of the idea of mentorship, knowledge and experience sharing, and mutual support. 

Nova Iskra gathers various initiatives, entrepreneurs and professionals from the field of creative industries. Nova Iskra  We design spaces and experiences for people, organizations and businesses to work, learn, innovate and create together. We are taking an active role in shaping the ways in which, as a society, we will live, learn and work.

Dragana Jevtić is the founder and director of Creative Mentorship program, and has great experience in understanding the specific needs of professionals within the creative sector, She has devoted her time and focus to raise awareness on the value of mentorship and importance  overall personal development within the creative community. Nana Radenković is one of the co-founders of the creative hub Nova Iskra, where she is focused on creating mentoring programs, trainings and workshops for individuals, organizations and companies interested in taking an active role in the processes of transformation – not only of their projects and businesses, but also through creation of new ways in which we could learn, live and work in the future. 

The P2P (peer-to-peer) exchange program within the CreativeFLIP project aims to engage the leading, established and innovative creative hubs with colleagues from emerging hubs across Europe, as well as with relevant educational institutions. The idea of ​​the exchange program is to seek new formats of cross-sectoral cooperation between creative hubs and the education sector, to launch joint projects or plans, as well as to exchange knowledge and expertise across Europe through public, educational events. In 2019-2020, CreativeFLIP organizes and supports 50 exchanges between creative hubs across the EU, but also the neighboring countries. Each exchange will support a team of two hub representatives – a hub team member, as well as hub community member – providing an opportunity for a total of 100 individuals to experience working in another creative hub, city and state, and engage in transfer of knowledge and experience. 

CreativeFLIP is a pilot project co-financed by the European Union and led by the Goethe-Institut. It seeks to support healthy and sustainable ecosystems related to finance, learning, innovation and patenting (FLIP) in the domain of creative industries (CCI).

We are very much looking forward to meeting all interested professionals and future professionals from the field of arts, culture and creative industries in Porto and sharing our knowledge, experience, passion and enthusiasm.