Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
Lead partner: Danish Cultural Institute 13 partners from 9 countries in the Baltic Sea Region, from DE, PL, RU, LT, LV, FI, SE, NO, DK (Cultural organisations, NGOs, Municipalities, Regional authorities, Foundations, Universities) The project duration is 1.1.2019-30.6.2021. The project is co-funded by funds from European Union, Russian Federation and Norway. The project is a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). COMMON CHALLENGES Cities today face unprecedented societal challenges. In particular growing needs to tackle social inclusion and sustainable development. At the same time as new needs arise, the resources of the public sector are in decline or stagnating. New skills for citizen involvement are required as a response. Since Colin Mercer in the 1990ties worked with UNESCO on developing the method Cultural Planning, over the past two decades cultural planning has been further developed as a proven method for citizen-driven urban social innovation. The key challenge for public authorities in applying cultural planning is that new skills need to go beyond forms of classical (and often more passive) citizen participation. Active co-creation of collaboration between citizens themselves and between citizens and authorities is needed. MAIN OBJECTIVE The main objective of the project is therefore: To advance the Baltic Sea Region performance in citizen-citizen and citizen-city authorities' cooperation in order to increase urban social innovation, inclusion, and sustainable development of neighborhoods in cities and towns in rural areas. This will be based on increasing the capacity of public authorities and typically local NGOs and associations, to collaborate on the use of the cultural planning method for urban social innovation. MAIN OUTPUTS This project will produce approximately 9-12 hands-on local demonstrator projects in neighborhoods in cities or in towns in rural areas, of max. 20,000 persons in PL, LT, LV, FI, DK, DE and RU. They will address challenges such as shrinking cities, social inclusion, gentrification, use of green or blue resources, needs of children/youth, stigmatization/conflicts etc.. Cities and local NGOs are mentored to help facilitate in best way possible. New methods are tested: The use of residencies for artists, performers and other creative people (artists, architects etc) from other parts of BSR to inspire urban solutions. To engage young citizens in urban social innovation, via use of gaming-tools to modelling future communities. The project produces a handbook for how to use the cultural planning method in order to help many more BSR cities and local NGOs to uptake and use the method. At “BSR Urban Labs” hundreds of city managers will explore how to develop models they can use in their cities. Knowledge on the method is shared in 7 languages online. Policy roadmaps enabling the use of the method to increase citizen driven solutions in local communities are made. Policy and strategies are discussed with politicians, cities, NGOs etc. at conferences in order to build a political momentum for adopting the citizen driven cultural approach. “BSR Hubs of Excellence” of experienced cities/specialists are established to help more cities in countries involved to use the method after the project is finished. EXPECTED CHANGE FOR THE REGION The project is expected to increase the use of the cultural planning method to enable citizen driven transformations in the BSR. This will benefit challenged communities across the region, increase their quality of life, sense of identity, community and social inclusion, and the sustainable development of the communities. And it will help cities to improve their ability to solve the many challenges public authorities are faced with.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative? (400 words) The initiative, has so far achieved the following results: - One conference in Kiel (of 3 planned in BSR), this on the theme ”Urban Transformation through Art and Culture” with 170 decisionmakers, politicians, cultural organisations, artists, NGOs, community based organisations from 9 countries kick-started addressed different dimensions for how to use “Cultural Planning” as a method of social innovation, sustainability and inclusion. This was also a first step for creating a policy road map for use in cities in the Baltic Sea Region. - 4 Urban Labs (of 12 planned) with 45 participants each in PL/Gdansk, DK/Copenhagen, FI/Pori, DE/Kiel cities, with cultural organisations, NGOs etc, have explored how to use the 3 steps of cultural mapping, cultural visioning, design in the method to address different societal challenges for communities related to sustainable development and inclusion. One lab explored how to transform city administration to “Creative Bureaucracies”, as a pre-requisite to using cultural planning and to implement effective SDG strategies, using the city of Kiel as a case. - 10 communities in 7 cities (Gdansk/PL x 2, Kaliningrad/RU, Visiginas & Vilnius/LT, Riga/LV x 2, Pori/FI, Nykøbing Falster/DK, Kiel/DE) with roughly 100.000 citizens as beneficiaries, initiated multi-year real community-lead demonstrator projects. The projects co-create cooperation among citizens and with local public authorities, to achieve transformation addressing specific community challenges. Most projects have now completed baseline, cultural mapping, visioning and are now moving to design, implementation and anchoring/long term strategy. - 12 artists, performers and urban creative activists from different countries have so far through arts residencies contributed to kick-starting urban social innovation processes in above mentioned community demonstrator projects. - 3 cities have used urban data to innovate the generation of a municipal map in Minecraft and have started involving youth in the demonstrator communities to contribute to address community challenges. The youth contribute either to cultural mapping of issues (Gdansk), to designing solutions (Kiel) or to implement solutions of value to the community (Riga). A public website is being created to share and allow download of maps and tools developed. - An urban toolkit for use of cultural planning by public authorities/cities and intermediaries have been partially developed and is now moving into its final phase of completion. - The creation of Hubs of excellence on the use of cultural planning in 7 countries have been initiated in order to establish durable structures for expanding capacity in the BSR for the use of the method. - All above and via 36 associated organisations has at the point increased the local appreciation of the value of cultural planning to • Promote the inclusion of creativity and cultural expressions as strategic elements of sustainable development plans and strategies • Support cultural industry-based regeneration projects by community-based initiatives at the urban and rural, and regional, national and transnational levels • Facilitate participation in cultural life and access to diverse cultural facilities and expressions, notably addressing the needs of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, including socially disadvantaged, migrants and youth.