"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."
John Foster Dulles
Innovation Circle Network VIII annual conference will take place in Berlin 28th-30th October. "Resilient communities in action and transformation" is the heading for the topics to be presented and discussed. The program will focus on how sustainable growth and entrepreneurship can be fostered and stimulated. Several ongoing projects and intiatives will be presented and new ideas will be unlocked for upcoming projects !
Innovation Circle and partners from Scotland, Sweden, Poland and Latvia gathered in Rauna 10-14 August to explore identitity in Rauna and to work with the concept on a general basis for all participating communities. Young people aged from 14-25 studied Rauna and gave their proposals for improvements. The Rauna municipality is a rural municipality at the Latvian countryside close to the cities Valmiera and Cesis.
I have been in Ramallah, leading a small group of experienced planners who have been asked by UN-Habitat to review the planning of the rural area of Palestine. The West Bank of the River Jordan has been occupied by Israel since the war in 1967.
At the end of February Suwalki started the Young Eyes Project with a Kick-off meeting at the city's Teachers’ Trainig Centre. Four high schools of the Polish ICN partner city were invited to participate in this new project and 16 students were selected as a result of recruitment to the project in Suwalki.
With the start of the new Young Eyes (YE) Project ICN partners focus on increasing attractiveness of rural areas through the involvement of young people, their ideas, thoughts and creativity. Shaping rural Europe by young ambassadors.
The Innovation Circle Network team wishes all members, friends and partners a happy new year full of creative ideas, fruitful projects and interesting meetings. May 2015 be a peaceful year for all, 12 months full of happy moments and great cooperation!
More than 100 participants gathered in Arkhangelsk to discuss the possibilities and challenges for development of rural territorries. The conference was addressed by the Governor Mr. Orlov and politicians from the regional Duma. Minister of regional development Ms. Kadishova also told about the many local community project intiatives that was already funded by the Arkhangelsk regional authorities and called for more applications.
Across Europe the centres of small and medium sized towns are facing serious challenges. Retailing was the key function that drew people to these places. But we shop differently nowadays. A generation ago the big retailers began to move their businesses out of town centres and to edge of city retail parks.
The seventh annual IC conference will put a focus on how the Baltic Sea Region can become better connected, and consider the adequacy of the EUBSR strategy 2020. There will be experts from various countries and institutions to debate this issue and inform about how they work to make the BSR better connected. We see the planning and launching of new transnational transport corridors, new institutions, new organisations, new cooperations across the BSR and Northern Europe.