Co-Creative Cooperation in the Field of Culture and Heritage
Co-creation has been the new buzz word for increased cooperation between the public administration, local institutions and the civil society actors. But there are reasons to research this phenomenon, because it can also be used as a smokescreen, hiding public top-down control of civil society initiatives.
In this project we will research examples in the partner countries and the EU, in which a co-creative practice can be observed. When does co-creation work well – and when not as well?
There is a need for associations, not least cultural associations, to be more pro-active and agenda setting in new development projects for the co-creative cooperation in the cultural field. Our approach is:
- That a viable agenda for co-creation must focus on the synergetic benefit and the so-called “transformative potential”, where cooperation is developed on equal terms and with reference to participatory governance and the goal of empowerment.
- That an innovative development work is possible, in which associations and, in this context, cultural associations not only are equal partners, but also in part of the project have the role as initiators, designers and governing actors to explore the transformative potentials.
The 18-months-project is structured in the following implementation phases:
1. Examining good practice examples and interviewing stakeholders to identify the skills needed for co-creative collaboration.
2. Developing a curriculum that will be tested in national courses as well as in a joint European pilot course.
3. Three national conferences to discuss and disseminate the results.