A two year Erasmus+ strategic partnerships, entitled “Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture"
(Acronym BRIDGING), supported by the Danish Erasmus+ Natinal Agency.
The decline of trust the last decade is one of the central challenges of our societies. Several surveys by UN, OECD, EU and others indicate that the declining trust refers not only to the usual suspects as governments, companies and mainstream media, but also to NGOs and even more concerning to an increased distrust of other people.
Without trust, institutions don’t work, societies falter and people lose faith in each other. Here, we think, the European sector of participatory culture (amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage) can make a difference. This sector is, next to amateur sport, the largest civil society sector in the EU member states, and it has in the last decade been the civil society area with the highest rate of expansion in members and new associations
AIM AND INNOVATIVE ELEMENTS
The aim is to bridge social capital and to promote inclusion, cohesion and trust by strengthening the participatory and co-creative culture activities in the European sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage.
Our development work will focus on bridging social capital in the following five contexts of culture activities and lifelong learning: inter-social, inter-generational, inter-regional, inter-cultural, and inter-European. Thereby, we intend to strengthen new participatory culture and co-creation activities, where the learning context are changed not only from individual creativity to collective creativity, but to bridge people normally outside of each other’s direct social networks - not just bonding social capital between similar subgroups of individuals, but bridging former segregated social groups.
KEY ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS
The 2-year project has four main phases:
FOUNDING - launch the Communication Portal, English ed. and complete a State of the Arts Survey, seven language ed. ;
DEVELOP - compile good practice and innovative approaches and publish five Thematic Compendia, seven language ed.;
TEST - design and test curricula by seven national pilot courses and two European pilot courses, and provide Curriculum Report, seven language ed., and design sustainable Eras-mus+ training course packages;
DISSEMINATE - complete seven national conferences including representative foreign guests, deliver final dissemination and publish Project Summary report, English ed.
The partnership circle includes 8 partners from 7 countries in Northern, Eastern and Western Europe, that represent four strong national umbrellas as well as four knowledge and research centres, representing a transnational European sum of varied expertises and experiences in the field, which we cannot find in just one of the participating countries.
The national association of Cultural Councisl in Denmark is the administrator organisation of the project.
For more information - see the Project Website (it will be published in November 2017)