During the Mediterranean Forum of Creativity and Social Innovation, held in Bari on 15 and 16 October, the Social&Creative Community launched the Bari Declaration to create a Transnational Mediterranean Cluster devoted to Creativity and Social Innovation.
After experiencing over the past 3 years the benefits of the transnational cooperation organised between the partners and beneficiaries of 11 modular and integrated projects engaged in the Creative and Social Innovation priority theme under the Horizontal Project TALIA, all the stakeholders of the Community recognise the interest to constitute on a permanent basis a Transnational Mediterranean Cluster of Creativity and Social Innovation.
This Cluster aims to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area by fostering innovative concepts and practices (technologies, governance, innovative services…), reasonable use of resources (energy, water, maritime resources…) and supporting social integration through integrated and territorially based cooperation approach».
Indeed, thanks to the impulse of the MED Programme, the idea of a Creative and Social Innovation community has gained momentum: Creative Industries and Social Innovation were explicitly put together for the first time ever and attributed a “strong development and jobs potential in Mediterranean regions”, alongside the Blue Growth and Green Growth sectors.
The core of the Social&Creative community alone is grouping already 121 organisations from 14 MED, IPA and other EU countries and intends to extend to any related organisations in the cooperation area. Based on the current evidence, more than 250 stakeholder names should be added to the 169 Full and Associate partner organisations already in the census. This makes a total number of Creative and Social Innovation Community members largely exceeding 400.
The Transnational Cluster we propose to make permanent would reinforce a MED level ecosystem of knowledge by maintaining the relationships between different previous project partners of this community. This would not only be important for the dissemination of our project results and their scaling from the local to the global level, but also relevant for the multiplication of local effects and the production of local impacts from interregional cooperation.
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