What are Creative Community Colliders and how can cultural and creative industries be a leverage of the Mediterranean development? Koen Snoeckx, Collision maker, and Flavia Barca, Cultural policies expert will answer to these questions on 15 October in the framework of the Mediterranean Forum of Creativity and Social Innovation.
Operating from within his own company Luscinus since 2017, Koen Snoeckx calls himself Collision Maker: facilitating collisions between specialists from the Cultural and Creative Industries with many different realms of expertise. Be it as public speaker, mentor, sparring partner or though his own projects such as the management of a creative hub. As such, he helps to release the collaborative energy needed to create the fundamental insights that will enable us to build the economic, political, ecological and societal models of tomorrow.
Graduated Master in Biochemistry, with a post-Master in Journalism and a teacher’s degree, Koen worked the majority of his career in the communications departments of high-tech research centers. First at imec in Leuven (Belgium), later at Holst Centre in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), where - as member of the MT - he headed the communications department. Between 2014 and 2017, Koen was Director of Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven), co-founder of Creative Lab Brainport (Eindhoven), Creative Ring (international non for profit) and Creative Ring Eindhoven. Also, he was involved in a cultural startup and in an award-winning restaurant business.
Flavia Barca is President of Acume and member of the High Council of Cinema and Audiovisual of the Italian Ministru of Cultural Heritage. Rome City Councillor for Heritage and Culture in 2013-2014, she has some 20 years of study and research in the media and ICT sectors as a consultant for private and public companies (drawing up scenario analyses, strategic planning, feasibility studies and marketing strategies). She ha salso been director of research at the Fondazione Rosselli Institute of Media Economics (April 2004 – March 2013) and worked as a consultant in the following areas: the role of the public sector in the governance of audiovisual and creative and cultural processes (strategies, resources, impact, transparency etc.), the relationship between culture and innovation, culture as a stimulus for territorial development, shared public-private-active citizenship processes of governance, the public broadcasting service, local broadcasting and the relationship between local media and its regional basis, development potential in the audiovisual production sector, the use of EU funds for culture, and the internet economy and over-the-top services.
What unites the research she has carried out so far is her firm belief that, when properly encouraged, culture and creativity are the means by which the country as a whole can prosper. Working to realize such a vision is the challenge taken up in flaviabarca.it. This is done in full awareness that the greatest political choices today involve a frank discussion of the ends that we hope to achieve as well as and the means that we intend to adopt. And doing so with commitment, passion and intellectual honesty.
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