GLOBAL RESONANCE PROJECT

The Cocreation Foundation’s mission is to understand and develop the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of the cultural technique of cocreation as a means to create an abundant and peaceful world for the approximately 10 to 12 billion people which will need to share and coinhabit this earth within a healthy and sustainable ecosphere.

We understand that in order to develop and promote this technique, we first have to immerse in the global fields and processes of cocreation already existing as well as in those fields and processes which are in dire need for cocreative solutions. This deep quality of cognitive research, of connection building, listening, understanding, thinking and theorising, of prototyping and vision-sketching we describe as building resonance.

The Global Resonance Project will build resonance with all forces, elements and participateurs relevant to understanding and forwarding cocreation.
Practically the Global Resonance Project has the intention to connect to and learn from the main actors in the field of transformation, cocreation and process facilitation in various fields such as politics, business, sustainability, social rights, science, education, and others. We will learn from these actors needs, sufferings, endeavours, hopes, ideas and projects.

The goal of the Global Resonance Project is to create a thorough understanding in the field of cocreation by following this resonance process of inquiry, exchange, learning and dialogue.

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FORWARDING A PARTICIPATORY LEGISLATIVE REFORM

The current legislative process presents many essential challenges concerning normative demands for high democratic participation, transparency, professional stringency and political effectiveness. Our thesis is that the first draft of a law (usually internal to the house or government) is not optimized in terms of technical competence, diversity of social perspectives and political effectiveness, as the procedure should guarantee. The primary political orientation, the quality and the majority of mistakes are determined in this first draft and are insufficiently corrected and revised afterwards. 

With our project, we want to address these challenges and present innovative proposals to suggest reforms for the legislative process. 

A project by the Cocreation Foundation, Mehr Demokratie e.V., Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte, work forward, Progressives Zentrum, Institute for Participatory Design and others. Funded by the Open Societies Foundation

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ISL - Forming interdisciplinary Island Communities of Practice operating for sustainable cultural tourism models

Current pressing issues like the COVID-19 health crisis, climate change and overtourism have revealed the emerging need for tourism choices to be transformed into a new, more sustainable and resilient model. For the ISL project three European islands in Greece, Cyprus and Italy were chosen as case studies. Research shows local island community stakeholders still lack sufficient skills and knowledge on how to effectively plan a sustainable future for their islands.

The aim of the project is to foster cooperation on the islands both on an island level and transnationally, to provide innovative high quality participatory tools for islanders and to raise awareness for the local cultural heritage. The ISL project uses the terminology of “Island Communities of Practice” (ICoP) for the intended bottom-up initiatives withinthose island communities. On each island co-creative workshops with local stakeholders will take place.

The following three islands represent the case studies for the ISL project:

  1. the island of Leros in Greece (a relatively small island in the Dodecanese Island group
  2. the city of Nicosia in Cyprus (located on a country-sized island)
  3. the island of Sardinia in Italy (the second largest island in the Mediterranean)

In this project the Cocreation Foundation cooperates with three international project partners: Sineterismos Ergazomenon COMMONSPACE from Greece, Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development - SeeD from Cyprus and the Universita degli Studi di Cagliari from Italy.

The main goal of the project is forming “Island Communities of Practice” (ICoP) in order to offer opportunities to people with different backgrounds to participate in democratic life and have a say on the future touristic development of their island. By emphasizing cultural tourism practices and their sustainable nature, participants are given the possibility to get familiarized with local cultural identity, cultural awareness and local social and historical heritage. The participants are engaged in participatory practices and collaborative sessions among the partners to enhance team building and knowledge transfer.

In its article 2b, the Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society („Faro Convention“, 2005), highlights people and their active participation in processes as imperative to recognise the value of cultural heritage and its transmission to future generations. This is of critical importance for island communities. Although participatory practices are not something new in developmental plans, local island community stakeholders still lack sufficient skills and knowledge on how to effectively plan a sustainable future for their islands.

Over the past decade, there has been a shift towards more democratic and participatory decision-making practices. Among other institutions, the EU promotes and develops participatory practices by meaningfully involving relevant stakeholders in all phases of the policy cycle from the identification of the problem to policy evaluation and recognising the added value of such engagement. This participatory turn is based, on the one hand, on several international policies (e.g. The Faro Convention) and on the other hand on the various citizen and social groups’ consultation/participation methods developed in the last decades. Yet, the process has been greatly enhanced by the explosion of new technologies and social networking tools over the previous years. All these facts reveal that participatory practices are steadily penetrating in several sectors and in all nations as a powerful tool to resolve critical issues.This is also the understanding of Cocreation Foundation, which understands Cocreation as a cultural technique to tackle the global challenges of our time with a new code for a cocreative global governance.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This text/publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.