The platform on Heritage & Social Innovation brought fresh air into both the social innovation and the heritage communities of experts,
professionals, and practitioners, opening a new stage of collaboration between the two spheres on an unprecedented scale.
The aim of the platforms project is to create a moment of exchange among a wide variety of participants coming from diverse backgrounds, bearing unique visions, skills, and expertise, to engage in an exercise of collective intelligence to develop problem-solving oriented proposals on specific key fields where cultural heritage will possibly make a difference in the future, even more than it has so far.
The first platform was held in Dublin, Ireland at the National Concert Hall on April 1st. 2019. Experts from all over the world were invited to discuss the role of social innovation in cultural heritage, by participating in one of three thematic workshops.
These thematic workshops focused on 1) the revitalisation of rural communities, 2) the crowdsourcing of smart solutions for societal challenges, and 3) global peace making.
The 96 international experts in attendance, including ILUCIDARE scientific coordinator Dr. Aziliz Vandesande, engaged in discussion, brainstorming, and the development of possible new thematic and policy avenues to boost cultural heritage. The findings from each session were presented to the audience as a whole, with final reflective remarks from the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Commissioner for Education and Culture.