CONSOLID8
Consolidating deep & inclusive social innovation ecosystems

Project Name
Consolid8
Funding Body
Horizon Europe Program
Date
2023 – 2025
Lead Partner
Fonduri Structurale
Partners
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini
Center Noordung
UEFISCDI, Romania
YourY Network, Ireland
Brașov Municipality
DEEP Ecosystems

Consolid8 is a project co-funded by the European Union that aims to support the integration between social innovation actors and traditional innovation ecosystems throughout Europe. The project will carry out social innovation capacity-building programs in Romania, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Slovenia as well as an accelerator for ecosystems builders throughout Europe.

KOLLEKTIVA is focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the cultural field. The triptych diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI) has been adopted (in the US it also includes accessibility – DEIA) and is a priority for museums and cultural organizations, in order to remain relevant and maintain their relationship with citizens and society. Producing social value is not only about raising awareness of issues of diversity but also about creating change. Adopting DEI principles reduces the skills gap, increases productivity, reaches more audiences, and goes side by side with the key principles of democratic societies. In Greece, in the field of culture, except for accessibility, there are no big talks or efforts for inclusion in the workplace. Furthermore, in terms of DEI programming in the cultural sector, there are limited activities that directly refer to that or/and explore DEI.

The ecosystem that KOLLEKTIVA will engage with is “Cultural Practitioners focusing on DEIA” and we mainly refer to:

  • Cultural organizations, e.g. museums, cultural foundations, non-profit organizations, (DEIA in workplace, programming, exhibitions, events, conferences, etc),
  • Artists,
  • Advocacy and communities’ organizations,
  • Arts education organizations and universities,
  • Creative networks (online platforms, etc),
  • Funders (financial support to organizations that prioritize DEIA, etc)

 

This ecosystem is constantly evolving and adapting to new social and political contexts, technologies and cultural trends, and it is an important driver of innovation and social change within the cultural sector in Greece.

 

Podcast Series: Social and Cultural Innovation Explained 

This podcast series examines the interplay between culture and social innovation. Kollektiva co-founders are in dialogue with professionals from the field of culture and creative industries, as well as experts on social innovation, to discuss, explore, explain and disambiguate the definition of social innovation and its impact through culture and social economy. Podcasts are in Greek and English.

 

Panel: The “Odd One Out”. Social innovators in traditional innovation ecosystems, Consolid8 Festival, Brasov

Images from Consolid8 Festival, Brasov, Romania / 23 September 2023

 

The CONSOLID8 project is financed under the Horizon Europe Program, grant agreement 101096781. Opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.