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Local economic development and entrepreneurship: ALDA showcasing its initiatives within OECD’s 12th annual meeting on creativity, jobs and local development



On 18th April, ALDA contributed to OECD’s programme in Venice on the topic of on creativity, jobs and and local development by showcasing concrete initiatives in the field. 

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In particular, ALDA took the floor in two sessions of the two-day programme: in the networking session, Aldo Xhani, Coordinator of the Citizenship programme presented the project POPEYE – Promoting Organic Production, Enhancing Youth Employment as a successful tool to develop youngsters’ soft skills while promoting their active participation in public life and engage them in the local development of their territories with particular focus on the organic sector.

Prof Marco Cremaschi from the University of Science Po Paris represented the consortium of the project RE.CRI.RE – Between the Representation of the Crisis and the Crisis of Representation - in the workshop session on “Creativity in Education – Higher Education and Entrepreneurship". Besides showcasing the project and its objectives, Prof Cremaschi engaged in the debate with representatives of the academic world and key stakeholders in the entrepreneurship field on the topic of the social role of universities in today’s Europe. The session was an opportunity to reflect on how to reframe universities’ role in producing knowledge via a new approach including citizens and local stakeholders. Participants exchanged experience by trying to respond to questions such as why to promote entrepreneurship in higher education? what are possible outcomes? what are pertinent approaches to teaching & learning? ways of involving firms in education? what role has public policy in supporting HEIs in their entrepreneurial & innovative strategic agenda? 

OECD’s this year programme particularly addressed the topic of and creative industries as a sector of major interest to local economies with high value added in terms of knowledge, ability to generate creative and highly specialized jobs and as a powerful driving force in different areas, including tourism, urban regeneration, and social inclusion. What kind of conditions need to be put in place for the sector to be able to play this role? How can local leaders develop integrated strategies to use culture as a lever for local development? Were the questions engaging stakeholders in the plenary session.

 

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