I_Improve aims to reach local cultural organisations that are connected to the various partners via a multiplier event. The Social Innovation Lab is opened to cultural actors involved in partners’ activities on urban waterfront. The format of the lab responds to the fact that learning and work related activities are no longer separate, it is even so that the organisation and the individual are both learning organisms and learning resources. The lab is a local initiative of every partner in the project to test the innovative pedagogies and applicability of the educational resources developed and elaborated on in IO1 and IO2 through an initiative they will prepare as part of their organisation’s work programme. The Lab will be visited by informal eductor as a suppport for the local partner and monitored by the evaluator. Participants invited will later become multipliers.
The staff members who participated in the learning activity become promoters of change themselves and share knowledge on how to utilise the transversal competences of social and civic, creative expression and engagement of the Changemaker in developing participatory, cultural initiatives. They evolve from being a learner in the earlier stages of the project to being an educator, sharing their learning process, principles for success and activating others in their professional community. Multipliers ( invited local cultural organisations) explore IO1 and IO2, adding questions, comments and their individual experience of implementing this method. Through this process IO2 collects a diversity of opinions, facilitates continual learning and invites to connect ; the interactivity of these platforms facilitates a dialogue between the multipliers and the partner organisations, supported by the informal educator. This will feed the ongoing relevance of the resource and the use of digital platforms by the cultural sector as a means to spread knowledge, argument attitudes and acquire skills.
Multipliers will bring back their experience to their organisations and provide input on the viability of the informal learning approach in their environment to the evaluator, the use of digital platforms as a resource to enhance the learning process, and the transferability of the formats for creative, socially engaged interventions on the urban waterfront. So the local Social Innovation Labs collect a diversity of opinions and content, connecting the input and the expertise, sharing reflection and publishing on IO1 and IO2, building up a "database" of good examples and tools.
A series of 6 Social innovation Labs each with a different partner (E1 - E6) will occur within a timespan of 3 months during spring 2020. This enables the informal educator to apply the methods and collect data within a set time frame.
E7-E12 multiplier events are implemented on a local level as the partner organisations upload the project to a policy making level. The significance of new approaches and formats to creatively intervening on the urban waterfront as a means of effecting social change, shall be presented to decision makers. Those multiplier events enhance cooperation between cultural organisations and the policy making entities involved in the devolpment of the urban waterfront areas by demonstrating the social and economic worth of such activities. The aim is to raise awareness of the positive benefits of and foster support for the dedication of resources which increase the provision of training opportunities for cultural organisations active in this area.
E1-E6: SOCIAL INNOVATION LABS / LOCAL – STAFFMEMBERS : THEY ADD VALUE TO IO1 AND IO2
E7-E12 RESULT SHARING WITH POLICYMAKERS / LOCAL – STAFFMEMBERS : THEY ADD VALUE TO IO3