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According to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, 2023 will be the European Year of Skills. This means that the skills of the European creative sectors in particular will also gain in importance. Under the motto “Transformative Skills – embrace friction to create the unexpected”, social, urban, green or digital transformation processes are on the agenda. Together with further education, qualification and skills development, the aim is to drive economic recovery and green transformation in Europe.

The European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) is an annual conference that brings together creative professionals, industry organizations and policy makers to discuss the latest developments in the European creative industries. This year’s Summit (#ECIS23) will take place in two parts under the auspices of the Swedish EU Presidency. First, the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) invites you to the #ECIS23 Assembly (link in German) on February 15 in Umeå, Sweden. Then, on May 23 and 24, the #ECIS23 Conference will take place in Helsingborg. (Both conferences can also be attended online. The program for the final conference in Helsingborg is to be published soon).

How do capabilities for change emerge? What emerges when navigating complex domains, experimenting with friction, cultivating vulnerability, and fostering risk-taking? The agenda of the #ECIS23 Assembly will first include policy statements on the position of the cultural and creative sectors as a strategic force in managing green and digital transformation at the European, national and local levels. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how cultural and creative sector actors contribute to processes of societal change, be it urban, green or digital. The goal is to “paint a picture of the European landscape of policy initiatives and funding programs” that “seek similar transformative goals with mission-oriented approaches.” This will be followed by an interactive workshop on the European Design Agenda, which aims to inspire as well as discuss fundamentals for a paradigm shift towards a sustainable societal transformation. This will be followed by a presentation of the EIT Culture & Creativity European Innovation Platform by CEO Bernd Fesel, followed by an introduction to the program’s upcoming calls and the strategic themes at the heart of the movement. The program in Umeå will be framed by the exhibition “What can design do for regenerative societal transformation and what skills do we need for it?”. It aims to present a broad spectrum of possible forms that design can take to address systemic change.

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