"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
The City of Suwalki hosted the 6th Annual Conference of the Innovation Circle Network that succesfully ended on 12th December. More than 70 people gathered in the coldest place in Poland to warm up and team up.
How does the future for European cities look like? And what can young people do, to turn it into a brighter one? That was the big question that 20 young Europeans discussed during a five-day youth camp at Benmore Outdoor Center in Scotland.
On Saturday an intense annual conference of the Innovation Circle Network ended in Siauliai, Lithuania. The first snow, new faces and new ideas made this event a very fruitful and worthwhile meeting that clarified the importance of ICN. Amongst other topics the discussions and presentations emphasized the importance of an increased transport network in the Baltic See Region and the empowerment of citizens.
Berlin was the place to be for the latest Innovation Circle Board Meeting. This week ten IC members went for a flying visit to Germany’s capital. The program included a visit to the Bundestag as well as a comprehensive agenda for the Board Meeting. New contacts are made to spread the word about ICN.
About 50 young people from eight different countries made this year’s ICN Summer Youth Camp another successful and beneficial event. Together they showed the potential of youths. “We had a tremendous camp, with a lot of important discussions”, resumed Camp leader Anders Sølve Strand.
Members of Innovation Circle Network in cooperation with Lithuanian initiative “Future city” gathered for the Annual conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. Conference brought together over 70 people from 7 different countries – Belarus, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden. Specialists, municipality members and public activists joined their efforts to discuss the future of attractive cities in their countries.
The 19-20 July the IC board had the second meeting this year. All the results of the past period since the meeting in Trakai in February this year were discussed which brought the Network into new level with more project ideas. Entire Network board except the Polish representative attended the meeting. Generally, the ways of expanding the Network to more countries were considered. The meeting built a background for the IC Annual conference for this year.
The kick off conference gathered Trans-in-Form partners from 6 countries and co-partners from Belarus and Russia. Experts highlighted how regional development is driven by population changes, growth or decline, and how attractivity plays a key role. Job creation is no guarantee for growth itself. Alternative development scenarios will be drawn up for the different regions during the project.