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ABCD Scanning Tool #1 Review

On 1 and 3 March, we had a participatory ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD) workshop session aimed to create and develop the elements of scanning tools fully dedicated to the internationalisation topic. The ABCD format already traveled to 9 Baltic Sea region countries offering space for open-minded cultural actors from all sides of the table to share, network and augment the value of cultural work.

The session took place within the project Creative Ports and was moderated by Henryk Stawicki and Justyna Turek from Change Pilots. We gathered a group of enthusiasts and experts (from all across Europe like Lithuania, Germany, Sweden & Finland), so we could together discuss what it takes to address this topic. We were strongly focusing on the key current needs, challenges and primary ideation towards finding a potential solution(s). Below, we are sharing our hypotheses, learnings and findings that we are planning to deepen along our journey.

Key 8 Hypotheses, Learnings & Findings

  • Mapping the Needs - as a fundamental way to help us to see and understand the bigger picture of the challenge that we, or people that we are working with, are facing. Being able to reflect, connect the dots and propose the new/changed strategies would be helpful.

  • Nothing about us, Without us - a fundamental value, which is collaboration and sharing the perspective, especially while working on the internationalisation topic. After all, looking for the solution alone won’t bring us any further.

    Feedback ABCD Scanning Tool participant: “Getting to know the point of view of people from other countries and various institutions on the internationalisation of CCI was simply inspiring!”

  • Agentize Your Surroundings - important to involve others, spread the idea/concept with your environment to seek others who might get inspired and be a real input to your work.

  • Diversity is the value - we believe that especially in CCI diversity is the element that brings value. Cultural and regional aspects of arts and design can add authenticity to your creation. 

  • Long-lasting Relationship - supporting and maintaining an already existing partnership that we are already in. Finding the way to cherish them, reflect on them and slightly enhance if needed.

  • Accessibility is the New Black - being able to include different beneficiaries (partners / stakeholders) available for use of hybrid models of work in an online / offline world. Support the work on alignment.

  • Constand Update - as a mindset and culture to share with others their changes, progress, good practices and failures. This might create real help for actual problems.

  • Keep the Momentum - support of the creative industry makers to maintain their energy and to communicate the value of the projects.


Future & Hopes

Pandemic changes the standard, well-known paths that we used to operate on a daily basis. Now, the world is learning to adjust to the new ways of collaboration, remote working and online meetings. The online world that we are currently stuck in, brings us new opportunities. Imagine - it would be almost impossible to bring us all together into one place. The fact that participants had been in their natural environment makes it comfortable and available.

We all crave to see more solutions or answers to the “new normal” world, as many call it on the internet. We believe that this is the right time to work on a system that wasn't working well before. This is a perfect call for all makers, that actually work on the internalisation aspect, to create a way that this system serves them. Not them - serving the not well-tailored system. A right designed internationalisation pattern would enhance the opportunities for the creation of new companies, enterprises or even startups. Imagine, well-connected regions that support creative people by matching them or supporting them.

Together with Change Pilots, we will continue working on the Scanning Tool for the next months. If you are interested, feel free to join us for the next upcoming workshops on 12 & 14 April or on 10 & 11 May. You will gain hands-on tools that you can use at your own work or collaboration. We need your expertise and perspective, since it’s all based on partnership. Also, you are more than welcome to leave your comment or join us in this discussion - What does it take to create a well-tailored internationalization tool?

ABCD Scanning Tool for CCI Internationalisation 12 & 14 April: register hereuntil 8 April. There is only a limited number of participant places available.

Registration form for the third Scanning Tool that will take place on 10 & 11 May will be published on our website and in this newsletter.

The ABCD Scanning Tools take place as an Internationalisation Tool within the project Creative Ports, that aims to improve and encourage collaboration between the CCI actors of the participating countries and to further develop strategies and processes around internationalisation.