Culture as a Factor for Economic and Social Innovation

Having gathered seven partners in the Med space, the Sostenuto project aimed to open reflections on social and economic innovation in the Med zone. It enabled the experimentation, modelling and diffusion of new management and organisation models within the cultural sector.

Having placed this project in a spirit of contribution to the on-going mutations,all the partners focused a particular attention on opening the debate,widening the thematic and geographical fields,confronting opinions,taking positions… The recent crises have reinforced this direction.

The publications which close Sostenuto are produced in this perspective and in this awareness of current context. They are based on two complementary volumes. The second volume, coordinated by the Relais Culture Europe, puts these questions into perspective with regards to the choices with which we are faced in terms of development, society and democracy.

Volume 1, titled: Culture as a factor for economic and social innovation, and elaborated by the Cultural Economics Research Unit (Econcult) – University of Valencia (Spain), proposes an economic analysis of the relationships between culture, innovation and development in Europe and particularly in the Med space.

Volume 2, titled: Culture & Innovation(s), Europe seen from the South, and coordinated by Relais Culture Europe, regroups articles/comments/experiences of a group of researchers, operators, artists who have participated in the project’s moments of collective debates, in particular the “Ready to Change?” Forum or the Summer University “Europe and culture under debate”. A choice of quotes from partners – A.M.I., Bunker, CITEMA, Expeditio and Zunino e Partner Progetti srl – puts into relation experiences from the laboratories of the project and debate of ideas. This volume questions the European South(s). Through its contribution choices, it proposes a vision of the Med zone as a resource in the refoundation of the European project, as much through its capacity for invention as for its status as an area undergoing reconstitution and interaction.