Through its central question ‘How Work Works?’ the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs that are playing an active part within the dynamic changes in the job global and local markets, by empowering individuals, entrepreneurial projects and connections between new business and creativity.
Hubs have become new models for creative enterprises to grow, and invaluable mechanisms of change and assets to the creative sector. Creative hubs are uniquely diverse in structure, sector and services, qualifying them as a great driver for growth, competitiveness and innovation in the creative industries. They range from collective and cooperative, to labs and incubators; and can be static, mobile or online. In addition to encouraging collaboration, generating distinctive cultural practice, and offering much needed exhibition and events space, they also bring added value to agendas in regeneration, tourism, inward investment and educations.
The forum aims to map out the diverse ecosystem of hubs, and to showcase the richness, diversity and importance of the European hub landscape, having in mind that these organizations play a key role in supporting young entrepreneurs and creative professionals across the continent, as well as beyond the borders of EU. By offering inspiring and insightful keynotes by leading scholars from Europe and Serbia, some of which will be open to the general public, the conference will create a space for networking and sharing of experience between hub managers through three key sessions, dedicated to various aspects of Space, Community and Business Models. These three aspects are all common denominators for any hub that aspires to be a creative meeting point of emerging professionals and their new opportunities, and will be reflected on through case study presentations, panel discussions and intensive workgroups. We are aiming to enable participants to share personal experiences and thoughts in an environment that caters for a smaller audience and which will include several group work activities, in order to maximise participants’ opportunities to share with their peers.
The working sessions of the conference will also be followed by more informal networking formats, free consultations from local and international experts, visits to local cultural venues and hubs, optional field trips and other special programmes. We hope to develop a solid base for a long-term networking framework for Europe’s hubs through this process. How Work Works? is the first in a series of three fora of the ECHN project, with the other two taking place in 2017, in Athens and Porto respectively. The official working language of the conference will be English.