International social innovation seminar hosted by Abertay University12 November 2014
From left to right: Stewart Murdoch, Dr Claes Gunnarsson, Hans Andersson, Dr Mona Hedfeldt, Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Professor Nigel Seaton, Dr Anders Bro.
Visitors from Örebro in Sweden took part in a seminar on cultural and social innovation today (Wednesday 12 November) with art, education and public sector representatives from Dundee.
Hosted by Abertay University, the delegates discussed how communities can be developed and strengthened through innovative approaches to academic research, culture and community engagement.
The seminar particularly focused on ‘social innovation’ – involving people from a variety of backgrounds and different organisations in developing new solutions to the problems facing cities and individual communities.
Dundee and Örebro have worked together over several years, sharing their approaches to overcoming the challenges facing post-industrial cities. Both are a similar size and have strong higher and further education sectors, which give the cities opportunities to develop and grow.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “I’m delighted to welcome our Örebro visitors to Dundee.
“This is a unique learning experience. I’m always interested to learn about different cultures and I’m certain that’s a feeling shared between the delegates.
“Events such as this are an excellent opportunity for sharing. We can learn a lot from each other and we all take away a great number of ideas for our cities.”
Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this seminar. As a University firmly rooted in the local community but with an international outlook, we are committed to helping Dundee build its global networks with like-minded communities overseas.”
The Swedish delegates include officials from CESAM (the Swedish Centre for Community Development and Local Mobilisation), Örebro County Council and the University of Örebro.
They met with representatives of Abertay University, Creative Dundee, DCA, Dundee City Council, Leisure & Culture Dundee and the University of Dundee.
The two-day visit also included the opportunity for the Swedish visitors to see the work of several projects in more detail, including Creative Dundee, the Lochee ‘Total Place’ Pathfinder Project and the Small Society Lab at DCA.
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