Cultural Social Innovation Europe

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower skilled adults and young people by exacerbating the digital divide. Strategically, the pandemic has impacted career opportunities and mental health, accelerating the imperative need to provide adults and young people with “skills to improve and adapt” in a rapidly changing environment.

To meet these challenges will require huge creativity and collaboration from education providers. But traditionally, adult education services are resource intensive, slow, top-down and lack use of digital pedagogies. However, social innovation offers a new pathway and has been advanced intensively by the creative and cultural industries. Recognizing the cultural sector as a place where “social, community and digital innovations take place” highlights the need to involve small scale creative actors to share and adopt the diverse innovation being developed in their environment.

For this reason, CSI:EU project brings together specialists in adult learning with leaders of outstanding arts and culture institutions to work together to develop social innovation projects with young adults in cultural and creative spaces to tackle current and local issues presented by the pandemic.

The objective of CSI:EU is clear: to empower adults and young people most affected by COVID to become confident cultural social innovators and design innovative (digital) solutions to challenges posed by the crisis. In so doing they will develop valuable transversal, digital and employment related skills and improve their own mental health.

Project Outputs:

  1. Cultural Social Innovation Guide will map the various best practice examples of cultural social innovation, as well as the approaches, methods and tools used to carry out these projects.

  2. Digital Transformation Toolbox will contain a range of measures, tools, techniques and practical guidance for Adult and Youth Educators wishing to incorporate social innovation activities into their teaching strategies, with a particular focus on increasing their confidence in using digital tools.

  3. Cultural Social Innovation Hackaton and Guide - Intensive 1- or 2-day cultural social innovation trainings for both adult/youth educators and young adults on how to carry out/develop CSI projects.

Partners

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action type: Strategic Partnerships in the field of adult education

ID: 2020-1-UK01-KA227-ADU-094497

Project webpage: coming soon

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