Report on the Dublin Platform on 'Heritage and Social innovation'
The European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018 was a remarkable year of reflection and call to action on the potential of cultural heritage in a variety of different spheres. Its achievements are safeguarded and extended in a European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, which outlines 60 actions for EU policies in 2019 and 2020. One of these priority actions, included in the Framework, aims at reinforcing EU leadership and capitalising on innovative aspects of cultural heritage policies. In this context the European Commission launched meetings on the future of cultural heritage, meant as global problem solving platforms. These platforms, each with a different theme, involve national governments and their agencies, key global institutions, experts and young global leaders.
The aim of the platforms project is to create a moment of exchange among a wide variety of participants coming from diverse backgrounds, bearing unique visions, skills, and expertise, to engage in an exercise of collective intelligence to develop problem-solving oriented proposals on specific key fields where cultural heritage will possibly make a difference in the future, even more than it has so far. The first platform was held in Dublin, Ireland at the National Concert Hall on April 1st. 2019. Experts from all over the world were invited to discuss the role of social innovation in cultural heritage, by participating in one of three thematic workshops. These thematic workshops focused on 1) the revitalisation of rural communities, 2) the crowdsourcing of smart solutions for societal challenges, and 3) global peace making.
The 96 international experts in attendance engaged in discussion, brainstorming, and the development of possible new thematic and policy avenues to boost cultural heritage. The findings from each session were presented to the audience as a whole, with final reflective remarks from the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Commissioner for Education and Culture. The EENCA network was invited to attend these workshops, to observe and report on the discussions and outcomes of these workshops, and to draw together the findings in this report.