A Creative & Design–led approach to Problem Solving


29.04.2020

A project to research and develop innovative design-led solutions to respond to local and regional challenges has been launched by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its partners under the European Commission program Erasmus+.

A project to research and develop innovative design-led solutions to respond to local and regional challenges has been launched by University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD and its partners under the European Commission program Erasmus+.

DeuS – The European Open Design School for Sustainable Regional Development project, is a regional Vocational Educational Training project which aims to co-create a European-wide learning and training approach in design, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship to find creative and cost-effective solutions to local challenges, by unlocking the potential of the cultural and creative sector. It will work closely with partners across 10 European countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, and Slovakia.

UWTSD Project Manager Dr Shelley Doolan said: “We’re delighted to be working with our European colleagues, cementing existing relationships and forging new links and networks. The project builds upon the exciting work of the Open Design School to research and develop innovative design-led approaches to find participatory, creative and cost-effective solutions to local challenges.” 

Business Development Officer Sarah Kelley said: “DeuS offers an exciting opportunity to support the Creative and Cultural Industries across Europe with the development of an open and inclusive training and learning scheme. Upskilling and reskilling CCI professionals to enable them to identify and respond to local and regional challenges through a process of co-creation with a multitude of stakeholders.” 

DeuS is shaped around the Open Design School, the pillar project of Matera 2019, European Capital of Culture. The Open Design School is a design laboratory using a peer-to-peer approach, where professionals of any discipline work together sharing knowledge and expertise and testing the design solutions with the local community.

The DeuS project will develop a training methodology toolkit that will be made available on a Creative Knowledge Platform where the educational system, cultural and creative industries (CCI) professionals, and policymakers come together in creating innovative solutions to local challenges for local communities.

The platform plans to deliver the best training, knowledge, and resources to diverse target groups across the CCI sector, encouraging also cross-sector and cross-border collaboration.

Users can expect high-level and user-friendly training, tools, and sources in support of lifelong learning in the cultural and creative industries with a focused and pragmatic response also to the critical needs of the CCI sector apparent as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Alongside the digital universe, the project will organize collaborative problem-solving sessions across Europe.

The project will challenge the concept of sustainable local development by focusing on the transformative power of the cultural and creative industries.

“The DeuS projects’ ultimate goal is to put human capital, local communities, and the creative and cultural operators at the forefront of regional development strategies, which is exactly what the combination of the Creative Knowledge Platform and the physical training and co-creation events can provide. Our goal is to foster an open dialogue with policymakers and to show them that the community of educators, creatives and local forces that the project is building is the key to enabling the innovative, sustainable and lasting solutions we need”

The current situation regarding COVID-19 has highlighted the precariousness of the financial situation for many Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI), especially free-lancers. Will we return to ‘business as usual’ or do we need a rethink?

The DeuS project is keen to hear from our stakeholders to gain insights and an in-depth understanding of needs, challenges, barriers and innovative solutions in place across the CCI sector. You are invited to offer feedback and opinions on a series of relevant themes.

The information we get from the study will go towards creating an optimised training programme and resources for the benefit of CCIs across Europe.

We invite you to take part in the DeuS Surveys:

If you are a freelancer, sole-trader, or micro-enterprise working within the Creative and Cultural Industries, we’d love to hear from you: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-REPTm4EBUWcuNshUjEeIdWOCMyPWOJOh3oulFZoEbhURUxHTzc5RkU1Q0xGOVhWUjQ4NzBJTVBRSy4u

If you own, direct or manage an enterprise within the Creative and Cultural Industries, we invite you to share your thoughts with us: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-REPTm4EBUWcuNshUjEeIdWOCMyPWOJOh3oulFZoEbhUMEZWVkJZUTk0UVIzNFhQVkpMRU5WVEowTS4u

If you work in professions allied to the Creative and Cultural Industries, for example as advocacy bodies and labour market representatives; regulatory and public authorities; artist associations; creative clusters, funding bodies; research organisations we would be grateful for your input. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-REPTm4EBUWcuNshUjEeIdWOCMyPWOJOh3oulFZoEbhURVRHOU1VNjI0U1lIUkI0QTRaRU5QNEY4SC4u

If you work within education and training (formal and informal) within the Creative and Cultural Industries domain, we’re very keen to capture your thoughts: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-REPTm4EBUWcuNshUjEeIdWOCMyPWOJOh3oulFZoEbhUOU1UNUI4SzVYVkFLSTdMWFFEQVZLRjk5QS4u

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Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus

Corporate Communications and PR

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk