A public debate on “Civic Engagement, Heritage and Sustainability” will take place on December 9th 2019 at the LUISS University’s Viale Romania campus (find the details here) as a side event to the third Consortium Meeting of the Horizon2020 project “OpenHeritage.Eu”, a pioneering engaged and problem-based research project on community-led sustainability mechanisms for cultural heritage in cities, organized by Luiss LabGov.City and Roma 3 University Architecture from December 8th through December 10th.
The debate will host scholars, international, European and national public institutions to stimulate a discussion about civic engagement and sustainability (social, economic and environmental) as cross-cutting principles for cultural heritage governance and applied research to trigger sustainable development processes at the local level.
Andrea Prencipe Rector Luiss University
Giovanni Lo Storto General Manager Luiss University
Antonio Punzi Department of Law Vice Dean Luiss University
Raffaele Bifulco Department of Law Luiss University
Erminia Sciacchitano EU Commission DG Culture Policy Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 “The EU Policy framework on participatory governance of cultural heritage”
Mark Thatcher Professor of Political science Luiss University “European Cultural Heritage policy: identity and markets”
Nicola Borrelli General Director Urban Regeneration Italian Ministry of Culture “Civic Collaboration as the engine for culture based local economic development – the Italian Policy Culture Urban Future”
Peter Gould American University of Rome “EmpoweringCommunities through Archaeology and Heritage”
Luisella Pavan Woolfe (tbc) Council of Europe “The role of the Faro Convention for the promotion of equality, inclusion and development of local communities and minorities through heritage”
Laura Colini (tbc) Urbact “Integrated urban development and cultural heritage”
Sandra Gizdulich (tbc) Urban Agenda Partnership for Culture and Cultural Heritage and Italy Territorial Cohesion Agency “The key actions of the Urban Agenda on Culture”
Giovanni Caudo Roma Tre University – Architecture Department
The Luiss debate will be focused on one side on the role of Universities and other knowledge institutions like cultural NGOs and independent research centers as problem-based and engaged institutions and on the other side on the role that participatory governance in the cultural sector can and should play according the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for society and EU policies on participatory governance of Cultural Heritage.
Universities and other knowledge institutions like cultural NGOs and independent research centers are playing a key role in disseminating civic engagement around cultural heritage to generate economic, environmental and social sustainability in cities, which become laboratories of democratic, institutional and economic innovations based on culture. It is indeed necessary that Universities start experimenting people-centered, place-based, innovative and integrated approaches that can maximize the social and economic benefits in urban areas.
This requires a participatory governance approach that includes a broad spectrum of stakeholders that work together on experimenting innovative forms of financing cultural activities and cultural heritage through public-community partnerships.
Under this approach Universities and other knowledge institutions like cultural NGOs and independent research centers can act as platforms that enable cooperation among public, private, social and civic actors to generate direct and indirect social benefits on marginalised communities and target low-income areas to trigger sustainable development processes. The prototyping of sustainability models supported by multi-stakeholder partnerships that interpret the role of the knowledge institutions as an enabling platform for these processes and that enhance the role of civic and non profit actors, but also the implementation of the Faro Convention and EU policies on participatory governance of culture, might represent an innovative strategy to achieve the sustainability objectives promoted by the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs (e.g. “SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” under which target 11.4 calls for strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage and “SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” under which target 17.17 encourages and promotes “effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships”).
Read more about the program and the participants here.