Policy Briefings

Short contribution, with a state of the art analysis and a benchmarking of experiences in each creativity and social innovation subdomain, explaining how "typically MED" resources bring to more entrepreneurship, social and economic prosperity.

TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N.12

THE ADDED VALUE OF MED LEVEL COOPERATION

The Interreg MED Programme supports the sharing of experiences and knowledge and the improvement of public policies between national, regional and local authorities and other territorial actors of the MED area through the funding of transnational cooperation projects. Its eligible territory includes 57 regions from 10 EU Member-States - Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United-Kingdom (Gibraltar) - co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as 3 actual or potential candidate countries to the EU - Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro - co-financed by the Instrument for Pre-Accession assistance (IPA II) funds.

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N.11

INDICATORS FOR REGIONAL BENCHMARKING

Benchmarking is an abused word, the authentic meaning of which has been lost in use. Born as a TQM (Total Quality Management) function1, it should be considered as a continuous improvement strategy and a change management process, not a one-time exercise.

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N. 10

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND THE S&C VISION

The Mediterranean Diet gained widespread recognition starting in the 1990s, as a food regime promoted by nutritionists for its health benefits. Indeed, the definition in Wikipedia opens as follows ...

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N. 9

TOWARDS A MEDITERRANEAN VISION OF INNOVATION

Whilst the INTERREG MED Programme’s Social and Creative Innovation Community is exploring different approaches through concrete pilot initiatives in MED regions, a specifically Mediterranean Model is emerging as a result of the culturally grounded integration of social and creative innovation with the more traditional levers of technologic and industrial advancement. The resulting trend depicts a broad landscape in which these different forms of innovation – scientific, industrial, social and institutional – interact with each other in a lively and fruitful dynamic.

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N. 8

LIVING LABS AND COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY

Collective Creativity is a concept that is transversal to the work of the MED Programme’s Creative and Social Innovation Community, linking the shared community dimension of innovation with both the professional (creative industries) and organisational (social and institutional) dimensions of creativity. In both aspects, Collective Creativity goes beyond the normally individualistic understanding of how creativity works to point towards a new dynamic with important implications for local development policies.

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N. 7

SOCIAL AND CREATIVE INNOVATION: A GROWING COMMUNITY

The INTERREG MED Programme selects the actions to fund through a series of Calls for Proposals, which often include the policy goals of the Social and Creative Innovation Community: Cultural and Creative Industries on the one hand, and Social Innovation (comprising Open Data, Social Enterprises, and Institutional Innovation) on the other.

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TALIA POLICY BRIEFING N. 6

DATA DRIVEN INNOVATION: LEVERAGING THE CREATIVE AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS

“With the proliferation of big and linked data sources and the literally exponential growth of computing and data management capacities allowed by technological progress, the term data driven economy is no longer an oxymoron. Once upon a time – it seems quite long ago, but in fact is just as early as the beginning of the first Obama Presidency, in 2008 – the logic followed by data owners, mostly governments around the world, was very similar to the “build it and they will come” tenet of the turn-of-the-century’s platform developers.

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TALIA Policy Briefing n. 5

KNOWLEDGE CHAMPIONS FOR INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

“Pursuing efficiency does not guarantee equity, while focusing exclusively on equity could undermine efficiency. Thus, there is a need to pursue efficiency and equity at the same time, although neither spatially-blind nor place-based policies alone are in a position to do so.” (DG Regio)1 

A common feature of the initiatives promoting Creative and Social Innovation in the INTERREG-MED programme is that they are working towards innovation that is ‘inclusive by design’. They promote new business models and opportunities for employment, open up these possibilities to people of different gender, origin, and cultural background, and bring innovation to communities in rural, remote and insular areas to build territorial cohesion. The search for ways for “pursuing efficiency and equity at the same time” seems to find particularly fertile ground in the Mediterranean space.

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TALIA Policy Briefing n. 4

CREATIVE CLUSTERS

Innovaton is playing an increasing role across European policies at all levels, especially within the Naconal and Regional Smart Specialisaton Strategies for the 2014-2020 programming period. 

The programme objective for all Interreg-MED initiatives under the Innovation Axis reads as follows: “To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area”. In order to reach this goal, especially in the context of Creative and Social Innovation, practitioners and policy makers need to develop a shared understanding of what a cluster is, why it is beneficial, and how it should be promoted. This Policy Brief aims to provide an overview of the state of the art and highlight work in progress in on-going MED initiatives.

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TALIA Policy Briefing n. 3

CASE STUDY: CO-WORKING

Co-work facilities or shared and/or temporary offices are spreading across Europe in response to a growing demand for flexible working spaces meeting the needs of independent professionals. The INTERREGMED COWORKMED project, running from November 2016 through April 2018, is exploring this topic and its potential for the Mediterranean Space. The project defines coworking as follows:

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TALIA Policy Briefing n. 2

BUILDING TRANS-LOCAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS

Trans-local innovation systems are those that develop in a double dynamic: on the one hand they are deeply embedded into trans-national networks and, at the same time, they are strongly grounded in local innovation communities. The resulting interplay between the local and global dimensions strongly reinforces innovation capacity. This trans-local dimension is easy to proclaim – witness the diffused use of the catch phrase ‘glocal’ – but not so easy to achieve in practice.

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TALIA Policy Briefing n. 1

SOCIAL AND CREATIVE INNOVATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Innovaton is playing an increasing role across European policies at all levels, especially within the Naconal and Regional Smart Specialisaton Strategies for the 2014-2020 programming period. 

A broader concept of innovation is also taking shape, which blends technological and industrial advances with new societal dynamics, instutional procedures, service models, and organisatonal forms.

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