"Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Did you ever find yourself in a situation like this: You visit a new place and you look for a good restaurant or café, some interesting places or shopping facilities, you start to ask foreigners or google and unfold the city map. If you come to Suwalki for the first time and wonder where to eat or relax skip the map and let Suwalki's mobile tourist guide bring you to the place you are looking for.
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.