The Social&Creative community of the Interreg MED Programme is being built by orchestrating the progress and results of individual projects within the Priority Axis specifically related to Cultural and Creative Industries on the one hand, and Social Innovation (Open Data, Social Entrepreneurship and Public Sector Innovation) on the other. At this purpose, it provides common instruments that allow the modular projects to connect with local innovation communities, starting from the regions of participating partners.
In the first generation, the Community was featured by TALIA horizontal project that has operated on 3 learning loops concerning projects, programmes and policies, to co-develop a Mediterranean model for creativity and innovation directly with the territorial actors and stakeholders concerned. This policy learning process can then feed into the implementation of regional Smart Specialisation Strategies. TALIA has acted horizontally to improve the policy impact of projects in the creativity and social innovation domain, thus capturing the insights coming from the most interesting experiences taking place in our territories, to support policy makers who aim to effectively deploy a Mediterranean Model of creativity and social innovation.
The first generation of the Social&Creative Community has promoted in a structured way the implementation and transferability of the modular projects results dealing with creativity and social innovation, by jointly building a shared sense of purpose and promoting that message through triple loop policy learning. Concretely, the project carried out the main activities foreseen by the MED Programme through:
ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT
A networking strategy and tools use a thematic mapping of innovation actors across the Mediterranean, networking events to build local communities and international events linking the local community to the transnational modular project networks and the global networks brought in by the horizontal project partnership.
A communication strategy and tools (among which, web spaces, social media and events) foster the dissemination across the Mediterranean of pilots and innovative experiences developed in regional communities and through modular projects.
The Capitalisation Strategy aims at the consolidation of results and their adoption at regional/national level as a follow up to project activities; at geographical extension of results to other contexts; and at possible transformative effects on higher-level policy frameworks and the practice of policy making.
Structuring the capitalisation of the results of the former TALIA horizontal projects and of the oingoing and past modular projects, the second generation of the Community is working on three main strands of action, with the twin aim of building a shared senso of purpose within the Community and promoting implementation and trasferability of results through exemplary policy innovation trials:
Following on the TALIA track and complementing previous work with Modular Projects and local and transnational networks, the action will be addressed in two new main directions: liaison and interaction with Panoramed Axis 4 project, as well as with other thematically relevant horizontal projects and their target audiences.
Including the preparation of a common asset database as a vehicle for wider and deeper engagement of stakeholders and end users through a three-pronged approach: animation of participatory, interactive events using the Living Lab co-creation methods; mentoring and supporto to follow up on these engagement activities and regular production of Policy Briefs.
Involving the creation of interregional working groups across the MED space, aimed at discussing and implementing the most prominent results into exemplary and resusable policy templates, thus contributing to a new wave of evidence-based policy making.