ENCATC, the leading European network on cultural management and cultural policy education, held its 19th Annual Conference and General Assembly on 12 -14 October 2011 in Helsinki, Finland. Co-organized by five Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (HUMAK, Metropolia, Novia, Mikkeli and Seinäjoki), and with the support of Cupore Foundation for Cultural Policy Research, TAKU Art and Culture Professionals Trade Union and To Culture With Love, this international event attracted over 300 participants from 39 countries.
My keynote speech was on the topic of Cultural Networking: Sustainable Strategies and Innovative Actions . What is the future of our cultural networks in Europe and beyond? Are they becoming more innovative and sustainable? We certainly face new digital challenges in the way they communicate with our members, promote our activities, initiate new dynamic forms of online collaboration, target new members, advocate, build up a public profile, and encourage professional development in the cultural sector. The ongoing financial constrain for starting up and maintaining a network forces us to look for innovative and entrepreneurial models of networking. What these models could be? How to balance the not-for-profit purpose of a network with the need to seek a self-sustainable long-term strategy while creating an entrepreneurial climate?
Great to meet old friends and find new one!