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Sostenuto Final Conference: JOIN US ON STREAMING

January 13, 2012

After 3 years of cooperation, the University of Valencia and its department on Cultural Economics – partner of the SOSTENUTO project – will organise the final conference of this project, next 19th and 20th January, in Valencia, under the title:

Culture on the frontlines: unveiling the keys to social and economic innovation in the Med space”.

 This conference will be the opportunity to present the Green Book written during the project. It is made up of two parts:

– a modelling of the relationship between culture, creativity, innovation and territory in Europe, and particularly in the Med Space;

– a collective contribution to the implementation of the social component of the Strategy EU 2020. This part will gather articles on: Economy, Cultural Rights, New Indicators for Wealth, Common Goods.

The themes at the core of this Green Book will be the main lines for this conference; they will aim to open the debate on the necessity to rethink the place of culture in regards to the major changes faced by our societies.


News from the CADO incubator – A.M.I. (Marseille, France)

November 29, 2011

Currently, 9 cultural operators are in a pre-test phase for a period of 3 months (October 2011 – January 2012). They will possibly enter the CADO incubator after this phase, one of the Sostenuto laboratory run by A.M.I (Lead partner) in French region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

To know more about them…

To know about the cultural operators currently benefiting from CADO…

To know about the cultural operators who have benefited from CADO…


Synthesis available: Culture and territorial development (Redon, France, May 2011)

November 29, 2011

The French Cluster “Les Articulteurs” has organised with UFISC (Union Fédérale d’Intervention des Structures Culturelles – Federal Union of Intervention of Cultural Structures) a national conference “Culture and territorial development: daring innovation and solidarity” on the 30th and 31th May 2011, in Redon (Brittany, France). Relais Culture Europe has animated in this frame a workshop on “Europe and Culture“. Some of the themes worked within the Sostenuto project were discussed: cooperation, partnership, mutualization, solidarity, culture as an agent of change in a world facing a profound transformation.

The synthesis of this conference is now available (in French).


Sostenuto Final Conference in Valencia (Spain), 19 and 20 January 2012

November 29, 2011

The Sostenuto Final Conference is an event dedicated for policymakers, researchers and cultural agents working in the Med area and for all those interested in the relationship between culture, economic and social innovation and territorial development.

The event will serve as a platform to communicate, transfer and disseminate the outcomes of the Sostenuto Project, carried out during the last three years in the framework of the Med Programme.

The main aim of the conference is advocating the importance of culture as a key factor in the political, social and economic transformation that Europe will have to undergo to guarantee a more sustainable and inclusive future for all its citizens, cities and regions.
Participated by  policymakers and experts in cultural policies, the event will have a strong academic component, but it will also showcase the innovative practices promoted by Sostenuto’s partners through four cultural labs in France, Slovenia, Italy and Montenegro.
See the draft programme.
Registration is online.
To know more about the conference, please see its website.

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (EU Commission)

October 12, 2011

European Commission proposed on 20.09.2011 provisional set of resource efficiency indicators and launched a two-year stakeholder process to further improve them.

Extract from the proposal (Source: EU Commission):

“Europe has enjoyed many decades of growth in wealth and wellbeing, based on intensive use of resources. But today it faces the dual challenge of stimulating the growth needed to provide jobs and well-being to its citizens, and of ensuring that the quality of this growth leads to a sustainable future. To tackle these challenges and turn them into opportunities our economy will require a fundamental transformation within a generation – in energy, industry,agriculture, fisheries and transport systems, and in producer and consumer behaviour. Preparing that transformation in a timely, predictable and controlled manner will allow us to further develop our wealth and wellbeing, whilst reducing the levels and impact of our resource use” (p.2, Policy Paper).

Read the policy paper

Read annex on indicators and targets


Europe Active Conference 2011 on Ethical and Alternative Finance (Poland)

October 12, 2011
The European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks FEBEA, the Krakow University of Economics UEK, and the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives FISE (PL), the Social and Economic Investment Company TISE (PL) & the Foundation of Economy and Public Administration FGAP (PL) have organized the 2nd Active Europe conference that took place in Krakow within the Krakow University of Economics premises on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of September 2011.

This conference was aiming at bringing together a European coalition of civil society actors who seek the recognition of the role of ethical and alternative finance as well as the social economy, in particular within the Single Market Act and to work on the creation of financial tools to enable the development of social inclusion and social economy in Europe.

Relais Culture Europe was participating to this conference. During the workshop named “Local development, territorial cohesion and social inclusion” and organised in partnership with the European networkd RED (Rurality Environnement Development), we have had the opportunity  to underline and put in value some research themes of the Sostenuto project: cultural rights, governance, social justice

To see the programme

To know more about Europe Active

To know more about RED (International Association Rurality Environnement Development)


Sostenuto Summer School – Paris (France)

October 12, 2011

The Summer School “Europe and Culture in Debate“, organised by Relais Culture Europe, in the frame of the Sostenuto project on 31 August, 1st and 2nd of September 2011, in Paris, has gathered around 100 participants each day. It was the opportunity to debate around :

  • the economic changes,
  • the model of development,
  • and the foundations for a European cultural policy.