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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.