Participation of the ESCO team in the FLIP opening conference in Athens

On the 11th and 12th of April, the ESCO team participated in the Athens opening conference of the FLIP project (Finance, Learning, Innovation, Patenting in Cultural and Creative Industries-CCIs).

FLIP is a pilot project co-funded by the EU, and implemented by a consortium led by the Goethe-Institut in partnership with IDEA Consult, VVA Brussels,3s Unternehmensberatung, Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg and European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN). In order to achieve the cross-sectorial benefits of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), the FLIP project will make use of ESCO.

The goal is to develop models for identifying and addressing skills mismatches and to finally connect CCIs with other sectors by demonstrating the transversal relevance of skills and expertise related to creative thinking.

The Creative FLIP Opening Conference highlighted the question of how to improve the existing ecosystem for CCIs, with specific focus on Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting.

The following keynote speakers opened the conference:Myrsini Zorba, the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Sir Peter Cook, the founder of the legendary, avant-garde architectural collective Archigram and Olga Mink, the director of Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven. Around 100 participants mainly from the creative and cultural industries joined the conference.

The ESCO team participated in a panel discussion about the evolution and digitalisation of the labour market and the importance of soft and transversal skills across different sectors of the economy including the Cultural and Creative sector. Together with three other experts specialised in Finance and the CCIs from Austria, Innovation and the CCIs from Portugal and Patenting and the CCIs from UK, the ESCO team discussed about how Cultural and Creative Hubs across Europe can contribute to the growth of our economies.

The panel session was followed by seven interactive world cafés, one of which was dedicated to ESCO.

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