Innovation is playing an increasing role across European policies at all levels.

A broader concept of innovation is also taking shape, which blends technological and industrial advances with new societal dynamics, institutional procedures, service models, and organisational forms. The social dimension of innovation merges with the others, enabling to attain more ambitious transformational goals. In parallel, the link between innovation and creativity is being reinforced, which promotes creative industries as a complementary force for regional and local development.

The time has come to put these new policies into practice, bearing in mind that this broader concept of innovation seems particularly apt to represent the original traits of the Mediterranean spirit and culture.

That is why Social & Creative community is building up focusing on two main pillars  - cultural and creative industries and social innovation – and declining them through the following themes.

Theme developed by the modular project ChIMERA, that aims at improving innovation capacities of the cultural and creative industry through strengthened transnational cooperation and connections among companies, research bodies, public

The central theme in the Chebec project approach takes inspiration from the fastest boats of the XVIIIth century used by traders, but also corsairs and pirates to explore, exchange, connect and reinvigorate the MED economy. Chebec tackles CCI main challenge in the Mediterranean: supporting CCIs access to new markets while keeping their own identity, with the nal aim to favor MED clusters attractiveness for creative people.

The central theme in the +RESILIENT establishes a structural approach to policy and practice improvement of emerging dynamics in social innovation through an overarching process based on the intertwined use of open data and the creation of a transnational socially-responsive value chain. This includes studying existing initiatives, adapting and testing, with the final objective of capitalizing them in the MED area.

Theme developed by the modular project COWORKMED, promotes co-working processes and their transnational organization as a lever of social innovation in Mediterranean. Indeed, innovative products emerging from the cooperation of independent workers sharing offices could benefit more and better to mainstream clusters. Optimizing this contribution could also allow the transnational activity of key clusters through the implementation of a mobility scheme connecting ideas and people from co-working areas of the MED metropolitan areas. In order to assess the qualitative and quantitative potential of such synergies, the project gathers a multidisciplinary and pluralistic partnership able to carry out a study that could pave the way to future testing activities.

Central theme in the modular project CO-CREATE, that aims at supporting cross-fertilization processes between creative industries and traditional clusters contributing to test co-design and creative methods applied to entrepreneurs and clusters managers.

Theme developed by the modular project ProminentMED, focused on the use of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) procedures in order to stimulate the development of innovative technology systems and solutions in the field of energy efficiency and their market uptake.

The central theme in the aims to build on the Mediterranean Diet – a UNESCO World Heritage for immaterial culture – to address the severe natural and demographic problems faced by Mediterranean rural regions. The baseline for transnational cooperation is a platform to transfer experiences from regional level Living Labs and Community-Led Local Development initiatives, blending comprehensive concepts with innovative tools.

Theme developed by the modular project OpenDOORS, proposes the elaboration of a study whose aim is to demonstrate how the Sharing Economy can be a driver of economic (business dimension, integrative incomes etc.), territorial (subsidiary principle and new available local commodities i.e. transport, accommodation etc. which cover public services gaps) and social (civil society direct participation) growth. It also establishes a network, whose strategy and action plan offer a mix of innovative services to the local communities, enabling them to “open the doors” to new forms of collaborative economy.

Theme developed by the modular project CreativeWear, whose objective is to revitalize the Textile & Clothing sector through a new attention to creativity, personalised design, and artisan and small-scale production for territorially specific value chains in customer-driven business models.

The central theme in the Odeon addresses the exploitation of Open Data and aims at strengthening the relationship between digital agenda, e-government strategy, the open data platforms implemented at several levels and the availability of Open Data to support innovation process within Interreg Mediterranean Area.

The central theme in the SMATH is to improve the quality and quantity of connections between the publicly oriented domain of culture and the business oriented domain of creativity via innovative forms of clustering. SMATH intends to generate and strengthen “Smart Atmospheres” able to support start-ups and the development of SMEs in the CC sector facilitating the access to “culture factories” and value enhancing services (private and public finance) and the development of innovative clustering on CCIs level and the setting-up of joint cooperation at partnerships among investors and public actors able to exploit their potential to support the growth in the MED Area.