Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipėda University, Klaipėda, Lithuania
Primož Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
In sum, 7 papers were selected and actually completed for presentation during the conference meetings in Prague which formed two separate sessions. These sessions focused on:
Session 1: Cultural Policies’ and Creativity Actors’ Contribution to Policy Making
Session 2: Governments’ Incentives and Approaches for Preparation and Implementation of Smart Initiatives and Culture-led Development
Eventually, only six papers were actually delivered at the conference. Those papers were:
1. The paper entitled "Local Culture in the Global Context: Can Cultural Events Help Local Development? Evidence From Bulgaria” (author Nadezhda Bobcheva) provided evidence that culture is everywhere. It reaches well beyond museums, heritage sites or traditional cultural institutions, and what is more important, culture counts. And today more than ever, it counts for Bulgarian cities, the powerhouses of the contemporary society.
2. The paper entitled "European Capital of Culture: How it can Change the Cultural Participation in the Hosted City” (author Miriam Sebova) introduced the case study to address the issue of cultural participation in the context of the European Capital of Culture. Košice, the second largest city in Slovakia, with a population of 250 000, was designated for European Capital of Culture in 2013.
3. The paper entitled "Co-creation and the Commons in Culture-led Urban Development” (author Zuzana Révészová) discussed preliminary state of play in the mind map of commons and commons transition in the city of Košice. It discusses the commons philosophy with the specific focus on urban commons, cultural commons and digital commons.
4. The paper entitled "Creative Potential in the Cities and its Exploitation in Sustainable Development in Slovakia” (author Katarina Vitalisova) examined the insufficient exploration of creativity and innovations in cities of the Slovak Republic as a key factor of endogenous growth (e. g. job creation, higher added value, etc.) and their implications in relation to building local competitive advantage.
5. The paper entitled "The Creative Class: Does it Hamper or Support the Regional Economic Resilience in Romania” (author Alina Maria Pavelea) considered the relationship between the Creative Class and regional economic resilience in the case of an Eastern European country.
6. The paper entitled "An Insight into Governance and Policy-making Dimensions of the Smart City Concept from the CEE Perspective” (author Primož Pevcin) verified the concept of a smart city. Namely, this concept has been popularised for the purpose of solving complex urban problems (i.e. environmental sustainability, social cohesion, economic recovery etc.), and is also politically promoted for local electoral purposes.
According to the results of discussion, the panel decided to continue the work in a multi-disciplinary format, concentrating on cultural policy and management issues in Central and Eastern Europe.