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Policy Analysis and Recommendations

By Marjolein Cremer (Senior Advocacy Officer, European Cultural Foundation), Maria Francesca De Tullio (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Antwerp), Pascal Gielen (Professor of Sociology of Culture& Politics, University of Antwerp), Violante Torre (Policy Officer, European Cultural Foundation).

'Policy Analysis and Recommendations’  has laid the ground for a new vision on decision-making, one that takes culture as the foundation, inclusiveness and a better quality of life for all citizens. The Analysis brings together the outputs and the outcomes of the CCSC project, and shares the key learnings from the project partners. The Recommendations, based on these core principles, are made for the EU for the support and recognition of commons at the local and EU level. They advocate for the use of the commons as a policy framework that can reinforce the much-needed connection between the local and EU level.

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Commons. Between Dreams and Reality

Ana Sofia Acosta Alvarado, Marcela Arreaga, Michel Bauwens, Michele Bee, Marjolein Cremer, Margherita D’Andrea, Sofia de Juan, Maria Francesca De Tullio, Sergi Frías Hernández, Pascal Gielen, Hablarenarte, Giuseppe Micciarelli, José Rodríguez, Will Ruddick, Evi Swinnen, Violante Torre and Laure-Anne Vermaercke.

Commons. Between Dreams and Reality addresses how cooperation and collective actions might influence political and economic realities. At its core, it focuses on the practical life of commons and commoning practices, their factors of growth and transformative potential, as well as on the challenges and contradictions which they face. The book examines the commons in relationship with their local environment and how they can become a tool for the economic sustainability of culture. The aim is to articulate an analysis and look at how commons are addressed by institutions and communities in policy-making and everyday practices.

Co-creating a culture of participation in Europe. Three perspectives on innovation in cultural policies

Bart Grugeon Plana

Based on their experience, cultural organisations, artists as well as local authorities all believe there is something fundamentally amiss with cultural policies. Whether at the urban, regional or European level, a gap is palpable between public authorities and local cultural initiatives. For more than two years, CCSC Urban Labs worked side by side to come up with methods to innovate policy making in Europe.

Healing culture, reclaiming commons, fostering care - A proposal for EU cultural policies

Roberto Cirillo and Maria Francesca De Tullio (editors)

This volume presents a set of cultural policy proposals – ranging from micro-policies to policies at the EU level – capable of supporting cultural commons as a means of addressing issues of democracy, inclusion, social justice, territorial cohesion, and protection of culture workers.

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Method for tackling city challenges

Marcela Arreaga and Ángela Herrera

Between 2019 and 2020, the social innovation space Coboi lab (Santboi de Llobregat, Spain) conceptualised and tested a transversal and transferable method to address city challenges. This publications presents a comprehensive method to guide the processes of ideation, design, prototyping and testing innovative solutions for communities and cities.

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Reports on the co-creative policy events

Ana Sofía Acosta Alvarado, Kitti Baracsi, Camilla Crosta, Julia Gouin, Matina Magkou, Emmanuel Pidoux, Adrian Pleșca, Susana Rocha and Mateja Stanislava Rot.

This policy report aims to summarise the co-creation process organised by the European Cultural Foundation and the University of Antwerp – in cooperation with l'Asilo, Boekman Foundation and Trans Europe Halles – within the framework of the Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) project. The digital co-creation lab event was organised as a non-competitive hackathon. Read more about it here.

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Learning Labs Skåne

David Ershammar

During the fall of 2019, Region Skåne (Sweden) convened an Urban Lab with 40 regional stakeholders. The main question that guided the explorative learning lab process was: How can art and culture play a bigger role in the development of common and public spaces and meeting places? The learnings from the process resulted in a
model called Learning-lab.

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It's not just about opening doors

By Kai Huotari

'It’s not just about opening the doors' -

Three lessons Kaapeli learned when opening a space for citizens’ use.

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Urban Lab Lund Report

Katarina Scott and Birgitta Persson

Urban Lab Lund reflects on their activities and involvement with Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities over the last 2.5 years.


Urban Regeneration Knowledge Base: Summaries of Projects and Resources

Yiorgos Papamanousakis

This publication summarises projects and resources that you can find in Urban Regeneration Knowledge Base.

Mapping of Cultural and Creative Spaces Picture

Mapping of European Cultural and Creative Spaces

Trans Europe Halles and Avril Meehan

In this report, you will find a mapping of European cultural and creative spaces.


Mapping of EU Projects, Policies, Programmes and Networks

Dr Miranda Iossifidis

This report maps the recommendations, best practices, and key case studies of twenty
previous EU-funded projects, programmes, initiatives and networks related to the policy issues of CCSC.

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Values of Culture and Creativity

Joost Heinsius

This publication is a transcript of Joost Heinsius lecture, from the CCSC Digital Co-Creation Lab Commons Sense.

Joost looks at some mechanisms needed when trying to combine high values and working with institutions ruled by regulations, protocols and political (in)balance.

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The Commons as Ecosystems for Culture

Maria Francesca De Tullio

This work is the outcome of a process of action research, coordinated by Maria
Francesca De Tullio and facilitated by Angela María Osorio Mendez. The work has
been fulfilled by three research groups, who authored the three essays of this

CCSC Urban Regeneration Knowledge Base

Urban Regeneration Knowledge Base Report

Yiorgos Papamanousakis

This report follows a final selection and review of 55 projects and 45 resources in relation to urban regeneration across Europe. It introduces a contextual and theoretical background for each of the key themes present in the document and briefly reviews a number of related projects and resources.

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CCSC Project | Charter of Principles

CCSC Research Team

This charter is a statement of the direction of the Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities project. It offers a guide for the project—as well as an invitation for the whole European cultural sector—in its quest for structural change across European society. We believe in and work for a culture that operates at the level of grassroots participation, local decision-making and commoning.