about the CO-CREATION project
by the five project leaders.
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society (Denmark)
Interfolk is delighted to be part of a Nordplus Adult project that intends to promote new forms of co-creative cooperation in our municipalities between the voluntary culture and arts associations and the public culture institutions. We wish to support a new co-creation agenda based on more equal terms, where citizens and other civil society actors are engaged not only as co-implemen-ters, but also as co-initiators and co-designers of new welfare services in the field of arts, culture and heritage services. We also hope a new co-creative agenda can show viable alternative to government and market-based production of public services and help to shift the welfare agenda from New Public Manage-ment to New Public Governance.
Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard, head of institute
National Association of Adult Education in Art and Culture (Denmark)
A Danish municipality expresses the following about co-operation:"We want to be closer to the citizens in order to create a close community and involve them in relevant decisions. We do so because we believe that all citizens are an important resource that has a shared responsibility and a role to play in our municipality. We make it concrete by being more facilitative and being in an early dialogue with citizens, associations and other actors. It's about creating small local communities and cross-community communities in general."
More and more municipalities in Denmark express the same attitude, and in MOF DK, we can only
endorse this statement, but we wonder why the municipalities now say what the voluntary associations have said for years without being heard. It is probably the result of the trend that New Public Management is on the way out of public administrations and an acknowledgment that a welfare society must be based on both the public and the citizens? But whatever the reason, we welcome this developmen and are pleased to participate in this CO-OP project aimed at making the cultural associations more proactive and agenda settling in the co-creative cooperation.
Bente von Schindel, chairman
Vestvågøy Municipality, Department of Culture (Norway)
We have a lot of voluntary associations in Vestvågøy that take care of many important functions in the local community. They are meeting places and democracy schools. They create commitment, identity and belonging. They are channels of influence and act as "watchdogs". They are arenas of learning. They contribute to a good upbringing environment and deliver welfare services and readiness. They strengthen public health and create activities. Voluntary efforts also represent a very high economic value creation in the local community.
The project idea, based on “New Public Governance”, aims to exploit this enormous potential. Regards to that, empowerment and democracy, where citizens are seen as more active and equal co-producers of services with focus on involving groups and communities, absolutely will be both relevant and important.
Trond Handberg, cultural project manager
Culturelab is organizing workshops in Latvia for cultural practitioners from non-governmental and municipal sector about cooperation and co-creation on regular basis. The project will allow to understand better the methods, which could be used for overcoming obstacles to engage in co-creative practices, which are not so common and still not enough appreciated. Different approaches in different countries will ensure broader view to possible strategies introducing democratic cultural policies on local level.
Ilona Asare, chairman
Open-Air Museum (Lithuania)
Our main aim of participating in this project is to find new ways to increase the involvement of the surrounding society in the wide range of cultural activities at the Open Air Museum. The main idea is to reach the possibility that Culture volunteering could help shape the cultural understanding from the bottom instead of from the tops, to build a new co-operation and co-creation based point of view how it can be managed. We hope that due to the project we will gain more knowledge on how to ask and invite people to be more involved not only as volunteers, but also as cultural volunteers who will provide their ideas, their point of view of activities and also will take part as creators in the cultural field.
Justina Jakstaite, culture project manager
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