December Issue – Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year!
An eventful and turbulent year is almost over. The nuclear disaster of Fukushima, the Arab Spring, the massacre on Utoya, the Euro crisis and so on - 2011 changed the world and it changed Europe. More than ever the Union is facing new challenges and so do the rural areas in Northern Europe. Demographic change is just one issue besides many others. Being aware of this, the Innovation Circle Network members as well as politicians, decision makers and stakeholders from eight different countries met in Jurmala (Latvia) for the annual meeting of the IC network. About 60 participants discussed not only current challenges they also focused on realistic approaches for a sustainable future of rural Europe. At the end all attendees adopted a resolution which will be spread in the different partner countries.
The tasks for the Innovation Circle network did not become less important. In fact, the network is needed now more than ever. As Rita Merca, IC chairwoman stated in Jurmala: “There are many networks in the world but we believe in ours” - with this positive, strong and confident avowal we should focus on the New Year. For now we wish all of you peaceful Christmas days and a successful and happy New Year full of joy, new projects, enriching cooperation and supportive friendship.
Your IC team
PS: You find an English version of the resolution on www.innovationcircle.net. You can download the paper and forward it to whom it may concern.
News from ICN:
“We are playing on the same ground" - 60 participants from 8 countries met at the Annual ICN Conference
In the Spirit of Solidarity - Jurmala Communique
Improving the quality of a small town – Cliff's Blog
About Soulless cities - Interview with Architect Rem Koolhaas
Let's study abroad - New Scholarship Program for Belarusians
Safe, colourful and friendly - Freiburg is Germany’s most sustainable city
Freiburg is Germany?s most sustainable city
In his Blog this Big City Joe Peach published a post by Justin Woolford at Forum for the Future. Woolford reports from what is arguably Germany’s most sustainable city. It offers heliotropic houses, a solar district, modern ‘passive housing’ blocks that eliminate the need for externally powered heating and cooling. This is one of 17 sustainable ideas for the global climate summit.