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“Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe”, the study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee and carried out by Culture Action Europe and Agenda21 for Culture-UCLG. Can culture help us overcome the systemic, political and identity crises currently shaking the European Union? What role can culture and cities play in strengthening social and territorial cohesion, engaging in dialogue and building…


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Throughout history, the term “common” has been used with different, sometimes contradictory, meanings. Recently, it has gained in popularity to define and accompany the theorisation and fabrication of new political paradigms. Put simply, the idea of “common” groups the ensemble of material and immaterial objects that are or should be held “in common”. However, as we will see in this short…


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TTIP has been stuck in technical negotiations since those started three years ago. Negotiators hope to reach a deal before the end of 2016. However, political agendas on both sides of the Atlantic and the recent EU referendum in the UK suggest a longer process is most likely. The postponement of negotiations is made even more probable by the recent…


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The Reflection Paper “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers” proposes a first answer to this question, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe. A QUICK OVERVIEW The Cultural Sector’s assessment of the 5 Scenarios Guiding principles and actions for a 6th Scenario A cultural response…


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The importance of cultural policies at a local level is increasingly recognised as key in shaping sustainable change in our societies. However, there is still a long road ahead for a coherent and comprehensive European strategy to emerge in this domain. In “Polis and the people: Looking into the future of urban cultural policies”, Culture Action Europe (CAE) explores the…


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How engaged people in culture and citizenship can come together to enhance the life of those living in the city? 100 participants from Athens and abroad worked together for one full day to be part of a process where common possibilities are more important than individual ones. Athens, November 20 2015


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ARE ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS SUFFICIENTLY PART OF THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TODAY? SHOULD THEY BE? DO ARTS THRIVE IN DEMOCRACY? AND VICE VERSA DO DEMOCRACIES THRIVE VIA THE ARTS? DO ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS NECESSARILY NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY? SHOULD ARTISTS LIVE OFF THEIR ARTS? HOW? WE, THE PEOPLE OF CULTURE, LET OUR FRAGMENTATION REDUCE OUR IMPACT ON SOCIETY….


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We are facing the failure of the sustainable development model from an environmental, social, economic and individual perspective. A possible new model is that of sustainability: The sustainability revolution. Portrait of a paradigm shift is the essay of Andras Edwards (2005) which summarizes the paradigmatic change needed to achieve sustainability. The revolution requires new cultures, new social organizations, new economic…


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A21_PilotCities2015_EUROPE-def-ENG The “Culture 21 Actions” toolkit providing guidance for cities aiming to evaluate, design and implement cultural policies contributing to sustainable development was adopted at the first United Cities and Local Governments’ Culture Summit, held in Bilbao on 18-20 March 2015 under the title “Culture and Sustainable Cities”. “Culture 21 Actions” builds on the work of the Agenda 21 for…


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Tools and methodologies which may be used for addressing imbalances and asymmetries in partnerships. Development of peer ethics and peer protocols in different types of situations and partnerships


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CAE_BtO15_Concept_Paper BtO is CAE’s annual Conference. The 2015 edition will be a thought-provoking gathering made of large scale and small scale dialogues, encounters, community building, exchanges between local and other European cultural actors.


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King of Meadows Manifesto The Manifesto of the collective “King of Meadows” on Biocultural diversity

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