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DISTILL has only one researcher and one host but it works with multiple professionals and institutions inspiring innovative practices.

Last additions: 11 November 2021

Presentation and interpretation of living heritage in museums

We are honoured to take part in an initiative of the Regional Centre for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sofia in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. One of the key domains of intervention of the Centre is increasing the capacity in the region and it will be organising training for museum professionals on Presentation and interpretation of living heritage in museums which will be delivered by a team of international experts. Milena Dobreva will be delivering a module on innovation labs on 24 February 2022. The training programme is supported by the Culture fund of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria.


Successful Erasmus KA2 application

Our team is extremely pleases to be part of a successful KA2 grant application Recovery of cultural heritage through higher education-driven open innovation (eCHOIng) coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) with project partners from Greece, Estonia and Italy.

eCHOING contributes to the recovery of the higher education sector as a pillar of diversity, social Inclusion, democracy and social responsibility in modern societies, which has been affected by the pandemic. The overall aim of this project in the post-pandemic era is to help HEIs re-consider their academia-society relationship and become more agile to tackle the crisis of important sectors of socio-economic activity severely hit by the pandemic, as the cultural sector is. HEIs can start to see the appeal of providing innovative forms of digitally enhanced knowledge building and circulation, as Open
Innovation is. There opportunity for HEIs to renew and deepen their community engagement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including students’ social engagement and volunteering. UNDERSTANDING OF OPEN INNOVATION OI will be understood as a set of digitally enhanced participatory activities whose main forms are: a) hacktivism (activism by
means of hacking for a social purpose, such as hackathons/datathons, 24H sprints), b) maker movement, c) citizen science and d) crowd initiatives such as crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. eCHOING boosts the social dynamics of technology-enhanced participation in the form of OI to improve HE systems and make the cultural sector more agile and resilient. The primary objective of the project is to INCREASE THE CAPACITY, RESILIENCE AND EXTROVERSION OF HEIS BY USING OPEN INNOVATION IN ORDER TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE REVIVAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN
TIMES OF CRISIS. More specifically:

1. Explore and document the positive impact HEIs strategic collaborative outreach can have on Cultural Heritage and CHOs recovery through citizen-driven open innovation projects. This will also include the gathering of evidence of gaps and untapped potential of HEIs use Open Innovation for social needs, particularly in the field of cultural heritage and the CHOs.

2. Enable HEIs to contribute to the strengthening of European identity, to revitalize the plurality and diversity of its cultural values and practices and safeguarding its cultural capital by introducing state-of-
the art methods and practices.

3. Facilitate HEIs to proactively and timely respond to social needs in times of crisis, by providing a model of improving understanding of grassroots organizations and supporting traditional, community-scale

4. Offer training opportunities to HE staff and students on open innovation methods and practices.

5.Bring innovative learning and teaching methods and practices to HEIs and contribute to their life-long learning mission towards
society in the post-pandemic era.

6. Enrich HEIs staff and students’ insight and resources by prioritising identification, documentation, conservation, and dissemination of traditional and local cultural creation and tacit knowledge.

7. Stimulate a constructive dialogue and synergies between HEIs, authorities, VET providers, CCS, and the business sector to
improve resilience and adaptability.

8. Create, pilot, improve and expand modelling of the projected impacts of innovative tools used by HEIs for the benefit of CHOs

9. Demonstrate how sustainable for HEIs are crowd-based cultural heritage
projects, from the perspective of the financial and social viability

10. Enhance HEIs students initiatives active participation
in learning and improve their professional skills eCHOIng aims to draw knowledge from the digital infrastructures that can encourage citizen empowerment across four key fields of social life: access to media and culture, enabling of new citizen-science relations, empowerment in social interaction and autonomy of working staff in cultural organisation.