Bioef, the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research, is working together with Conexiones improbables on a Creative Pill whose aim is to develop improved integrated care for cancer patients. The artists Mireia Gabilondo and Kike Rada from Tanttaka Teatroa are taking part in the joint effort, while the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza) has set up a working group comprising two oncologists, an oncology nurse, a primary care physician, the coordinator of the Active Patient programme and a psycho-oncologist), alongside patients who have either overcome cancer or are in the process of being cured and 3 relatives of these patients (one of whom has already passed away).
The results of the Creative Pill will be presented in the form of an artistic work at the International Conference on Integrated Care to be held in Donostia/San Sebastián on 1 April.
The Basque Employment Service, Lanbide, has completed a consultancy project and hybridisation process based on an artistic and cultural foundation (under the Creative Pill format) by using the applied creativity methodology of Conexiones improbables.
The initial aim was to conduct work on Lanbide’s general strategy as part of a participatory process involving 6 agents: a core group (comprising people from various levels of Lanbide), a broad group (including the participation of all local employment office directors), a management team, 3 artists, 6 local employment offices, Lanbide users (both individual job seekers and companies requiring workers) and a consultant team.
Work began with the broad group following the initial results obtained in the core group sessions and the 3 challenges of the Creative Pills were defined.
BIC Bizkaia (business public incubator) with Beaz (sociedad pública de la Diputación Foral de Bizkaia), support (public society of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia) has made the Workshop improbable Innovation Path, with the companies located in the building, some dedicated to engineering and others to biotechnological research.
The challenge had a double objective. On the one hand, make a reflection about Individual Innovation Path of each people who make up the organizations participating in the workshop and, on the other hand, a collective path that could serve each of the companies to consider collaboration possibilities, either with others of the sector itself or with those of others. It sought to boost the development of cooperation between the companies of the two sectors that work in different plants of the incubator. It was tried that the participants achieve a series of basic concepts that are essential to work cooperative projects and, in turn, foster a change of mentality that can help organizations innovate in collaboration and collaborate in innovation.
Conexiones improbables and the Valle de Kuartango Foundation are conducting the “Urratsera” project to identify new uses for the old spa facility in Zuazo de Kuartango, Álava, by using artistic- and cultural-based processes that can promote community culture and local development. The project combines a work of shared strategic considerations with the Creative Pills format of Conexiones improbables.
The project has revolved around 4 agents: a steering group of strategic considerations, a broad group comprising people with stakeholders in the valley, a group of artists and the team at Conexiones improbables.
After identifying 6 possible scenarios for action, the broad group decided to work on the scenario that referred to leisure and nature. Nine people from the valley are working on this Creative Pill, with VIC, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas.
As part of a study on the role of public policies in developing entrepreneurship and the innovative potential of the cultural and creative sectors, a report by the OMC (open method of coordination) working group of Member States’ experts has recognised the methodology of Conexiones improbables as a good practice example in its section on “Inspiring user-driven and co-creation policy examples”.
The report examines 5 areas (frame, structures, cooperation, users and territory) and only mentions 3 state initiatives as examples of good practices: Conexiones improbables, Barcelona Laboratori (in the same section on users) and Barcelona Arts Factories (in the chapter on territory), as well as Factoría Cultural in Madrid (as part of the European Creative Hubs Network). This places the Basque platform at the forefront of developing cultural innovation methodologies and brings it to the same level as other public or private initiatives in countries such as Finland, Norway, Holland, Germany or Austria.
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