Whilst the Interreg MED Programme’s Social&Creative 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. The development and validation of this Mediterranean Model of Innovation through the Social&Creative Community is one of the key goals of the TALIA project from the outset, building on previous work within the CreativeMED project (of the MED-CAP initiative in the 2007-2013 programming period).
In fact, the Model was originally developed as a bottom-up synthesis of insights gained from five Interreg MED funded initiatives combining creativity and innovation in a particularly impactful manner. One of the first activities in TALIA was to bring together this material as a baseline framework for mapping the role and innovation trajectories of individual projects in the Social&Creative Community, in an early project deliverable entitled “Innovation Vision”.
This Policy Brief fulfils the need for a more synthetic and accessible presentation of the Vision and its key elements, which emerged after the implementation of a number of validation activities of the Mediterranean Model within the on-going projects funded in the current programming period. Such validation is ongoing through the application of an original Capitalisation Method, which is also described in this document.