"The secret of getting things done is to act!"
IC board members met in Riga for their first get-together of the year. Michael Noren, new chairman of the board from Robertsfors in Sweden gathered his team for intense discussions including a look back and of course rapping up plans for possible future projects.
After the Innovation Circle welcomed Rauna municipality in Latvia as a new network member, we are happy to announce that Dalslandskommunernas Kommunalförbund from Sweden also joined ICN. Förbundschef Christina Svensson talked with us about the strength of her region and the problems it is facing. And she told us why the Kommunalförbund joined the Innovation Circle Network.
For over 30 years EU programmes have supported students so that they can spend some time studying at a university in a different member state. Now a new ERASMUS+ programme opens such mobility opportunities to many others. The kind of youth camps that IC has delivered over several years would seem to be eligible for support. The programme includes Norway.
Recently the Innovation Circle welcomed Rauna municipality in Latvia as a new network member. Evija Zurge, Chairman of Rauna municipality, talked to us about the strength of her region and the problems Rauna is facing. And she told us why the people in Rauna are eager to be an active IC partner.
As we already announced, the ICN members have elected a new board and also a new chairman of the board. The man to lead ICN in the time to come is Michael Norén from Robertsfors in Sweden. He works as head of the leisure department at the Municipality of Robertsfors and he loves Metal Music. About his visions and ideas for ICN Michael Norén gave us some interesting insights:
Recently Professor Cliff Hague from Scotland went to a meeting of a project looking at small and medium-sized towns across Europe,where he spoke in a small town about branding the town. For ICN he reviews his visit and shares his thoughts with us.
Probably the outstanding example of small town regeneration in Scotland is West Kilbride. It is a coastal town about 45 kilometers from Glasgow. It has a population of just under 5,000 inhabitants. Although it has quite an affluent population, decline had set in by the mid-1990s, when about half of the retail properties on the town’s main street were empty and boarded up.
Local food networks are attracting increasing attention. This week I picked up Issue 1 of Nourish Scotland Magazine, which is produced by Scotland’s sustainable food network. Pete Richie, Director of Nourish Scotland, sums up the organisation’s basic vision. It is to “reimagine farming as a service: and a service which is increasingly co-produced by farmers and citizens.”
How will the cities of tomorrow be and look like? This question, and many others, did youths from different European countries discuss on a camp in Scotland. Oline Saether is a seventeen years old student from Norway who is sharing her experiences from this years IC summer camp which took place in Scotland.