Newsletter n 1 - CLEAR

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Support for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ECET) Project n. 521415-LLP-2011-IT-KA1-KA1ECETB

To spread creativity practices to foster innovation in Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain and Norway by involving practitioners and policy makers in learning frameworks design and awareness raising events.

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NEWSLETTER October 2013 Why Creativity and Innovation and why now? Creativity and innovation are increasingly central to the social and economic development of Europe. Observers of innovation have long argued that the best conditions for innovations contain a mix of supply and demand led measures. ‘Imagine trying to cut a piece of paper with just one blade of a pair of scissors. It’s near impossible. Yet that is what we try to do with innovation policy. We rely on supply side measures to push technology. We neglect the critical role that demand and markets play in pulling innovation through. We need to use both blades of the scissors.’ (L. Gheorghiou, 2007) The overall message is a simple one. All products and services - whether in new technology, scientific or manufacturing discovery or in the delivery of public services such as health, employment or education – are both increasingly prized and more likely if their development is based on both the people who design and build them and also those who will buy or use them. This may be a long understood principle in some parts of the private sector, but as governments throughout the world increasingly look to innovation as a way of powering their economies, it is in their approach to public services, where the most dramatic effects may be realized. Therefore, CLEAR project aims to support Universities, Executive Education and Higher Education organisations, Continuous Education and Training bodies, regional Policy makers to adopting learning strategies and tools to raise awareness on the importance of creativity to empower individuals and to transfer and develop innovation in organisations. CLEAR analysed policies and approaches to develop creativity and collected good practices realised in the three sectors of the learning chain: scientific and technology academic education, post academic/ executive/ non academic higher education, continuous training, with the aim to share and transfer them.

Findings& Messages from Analysis and Stakeholders Literature, policies and practices in Italy Spain United Kingdom and Norway have been analysed and the results shared with policy makers, researchers and practitioners through 8 seminars and several dissemination events. The analysis, coordinated by GuildHE CEO Andy Westwood, produced three reports the first presents the state of the art in Italy, Norway, Spain and the UK related to creativity, lifelong learning, and innovation. The second collects 10 good practices related to the three sectors of the learning chain. The third report is a scenario and strategy paper built upon the first two documents and prepared by an external expert Dimitrios Salampasis.

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

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