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Cliff Hague's Blog

The civic use of heritage assets

Emeritus Professor Cliff Hague, member of the Innovation Circle Network, reflects on the civic use of heritage assets and the challenges facing Scotland’s historic built environment.


Time to think design in youth projects!

Design thinking projects

Technology brings innovation in our lives. But do we always adopt it easely? Why are some technologies abandoned? Today the innovation should not be considered only as a technical invention but more as a human experience while using this invention. This approach is called Design Thinking.


Latvian experts studying urban design and land use

Looking at Norway!

An expert group from the Latvia University of Agriculture was visting Norway at the end of September. They experienced new urban design and traditional design and landscaping in a shifting autumn weather from the sunny seaside at Arendal to the foggy hills and mountains of Telemark, as it can only be experienced in Norway. Heddal stave church from the 13th century in an September grey light became the contrast to a dynamic and sunny new urban Aker Brygge in Oslo.

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Rural municipality goes for more international cooperation!

Priekuli enters ICN

During a visit to Rauna in August 2015 the general secretary of IC network was invited to Priekuli muncipality for talks about cooperation. The municipality is bordering Rauna and Cesis city. The Young Eyes workshop took place at Tigra Hotel in Priekuli  10-14 August. The 13th August there was settled an agreement with Priekuli where some key points for cooperation was pointed out.


sharing ideas

Young Eyes looking at Suwalki

Youths and leaders within the Young Eyes project gathered in Suwalki 15-19 June and learned about governance and community development. The youths were faciliateted by Edyta Sliwinska and Beata Gruza. The workshop contained several challenges and team building activities. Wojciech Pajak gave a speech on governance and Bjørn Opjordsmoen  spoke about sustainable communities.

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Latest YE meeting in Poland and Latvia

Social involvement & V.I.P. training

Citizens' budget? What is it? That was one of the subjects discussed on the last YE meeting in Suwalki/Poland with Agnieszka Szyszko, the mayor’s representative for contacts with NGOs. The first citizens’ budget of 1 million PLN was established in 2014. In 2015 it has been doubled to 2 million PLN. Now people can propose their ideas for different projects.


Save the date for the 8. Annual ICN Conference!

... and then we take Berlin

After exploring the Baltic metropolis and cities this year’s annual ICN conference will bring together decision makers, politicians, experts, ICN partners and friends in Europe’s capital – Berlin. 


New networks have been established & projects have been launched

Realizing Bioeconomy in BalticSeaRegion

For two years the Nordic Council of Ministers has promoted the bioeconomy agenda in the Baltic Sea region as appointed Horisontal leader by the European Commission under the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. At a conference in Warsaw on March 4-5 a new three year plan for this effort was planned and discussed.


Cliff Hague's Blog

"This project will be a good one!"

Young Eyes is a new IC project. It looks to me like it will be a good one. I was at the kick-off meeting in a cold and misty Warsaw in January. All the partners were there – Jelgava and Rauna from Latvia, our Polish friends from Suwalki, and from the far north came the delegation from Robertsfors in Sweden. In addition there was PAS from Edinburgh, bringing a lot of experience in youth involvement in built environment issues.

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How the TiF project is still affecting rural regions

Joniskis in transformation

In 2010 eleven partners from the Baltic Sea Region teamed up to transform rural regions by launching scenarios, new narratives and attractive urban design. It was the beginning of the Trans in Form (TIF) project. Now, more than two years after the project ended, TiF is still alive as TiF project partner Joniškis from Lithuania shows.