The Upcoming Policy Brief Launch Will be Followed with a Panel Discussion

To facilitate informed decision-making and spark broader dialogues surrounding Arts & Design Based Collaboration and Cross-Innovation practices, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture will be launching a Policy Brief. The Policy Brief has been an outcome of the NDPC led project Creative Cross-Innovations for Sustainability (2022-2023) and is authored by commissioned expert – Johanna Kouzmine-Karavaïeff (Artisans of Innovation). The launch will take place Online on September 12, at 15:00 CET, and will be followed by a Panel Discussion featuring distinguished participants. 

The Policy Brief, titled “Arts & Design Based Collaboration and Cross-Innovation: Practices to be Enabled, Orchestrated and Championed Through Policies for Systemic Impact”, serves a dual purpose. It aims to inform and support policymakers policymakers within the Northern Dimension region and across Europe, while simultaneously kindling partnerships and nurturing discourse about these practices among stakeholders on other continents.

The launch of this Policy Brief will be further enriched by a Panel Discussion featuring distinguished participants: Robert Nilsson, Deputy Director of The Ministry of Culture in Sweden; Barbara Stacher, representing the Cultural Policy Unit within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC); and Ambassador Phạm Sanh Châu, Vice-Chair of the Board at the Europe Asia Center. This convergence of minds promises to deepen the insight and impact of the forthcoming Policy Brief.

The Brief will be available for free downloading on the day of the event and sent out to all registered event participants.

Explore the agenda and register here.


Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture is an international governmental initiative that aims to enhance the creative sector capacities in the region.

The Creative Cross-Innovations for Sustainability project (carried out by the NDPC) has conducted a small-scale benchmarking of creative cross-innovations in a global context, with analyses of results filtered to this policy brief. The initial benchmarking survey reached respondents in 49 countries in Europe and globally to locate creative cross-innovation developments on various continents. Additional interviews and discussion have been held as follow up to the survey and these have provided indications on different kinds of activity such as fundings, research, trainings and more.

The aim of the project was to contribute to the knowledge gathering about the state of the practice, and by methodological piloting and development to support and encourage the emergence of new arts-based initiatives and cross-overs in the region.

The Creative Cross-Innovations for Sustainability project is funded by Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funding instrument of co-operation in the Baltic Sea, Barents with support from Ministry of Education and Culture Finland.

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