Methodology recognised by the European Union as a Good Practice
for Developing Entrepreneurship and the Promotion of Innovation 2018

N.I.C.E. Award 2014
Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe

To innovate what needs innovating in the how.
Open innovation methodology to change and transform organisations and territories through artistically and culturally based hybridisation experiences
"Conexiones improbables goes beyond the classical bonds between art and business related to sponsorship or communication to enter into the transformation of organisations and their innovation strategies." José Miguel Galdona
Director of the RD&I Unit at Grupo i68, Donostia/San Sebastián
"Conexiones improbables is a European leader in providing new drive to the traditional economy and inputs for change of the digital economy." Bernd Fessel
Deputy Director of the European Centre for Creative Economy (ECCE)
"It is in their desire to know, participate and help that artists intervene and truly provide ideas, ask questions and probe in a different manner." Oscar García
Director of Innovation at Obe Hettich, Aizarnazabal, Gipuzkoa
"We business people need to look at things in a completely different manner. We must face other skills and a new (creative) logic that challenges our way of thinking. Otherwise, we become stuck. Artist-driven enterprise development provides us with new tools to think outside the box, thereby giving us a lot more than ordinary methods." Bertil Lindström
Citymöbler and Brittgarden Fastigheter, Suecia
"Artistic interventions in organisations are a source of new ideas, new methodologies and new ways of confronting problems. (...) The people involved in these processes realise that they have not been in vain, but have generated effects and impacts that they also hope will endure over time." Ariane Berthoin
Researcher at WZB (Berlin)
"It is fundamental to be open, receptive and intuitive. Artists should not have clear ideas of what they want to do beforehand, or many prejudices. In general, all artists should be able to look at reality from many different perspectives, ask unconventional questions, be inappropriate, curious, creative and, primarily, awaken the creativity and critical sensibilities of the other participants. They also need to be persuasive, but avoid being arrogant." Ricardo Antón
Artist Amasté (Bilbao)
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Creative Pill with Bioef

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.

 

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EXCITE 2.0 ERASMUS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Are you planning to start your business in the Cultural and Creative Industry? Are you an existing  entrepreneur for less than 3 years? Would you like to work with experienced European entrepreneur abroad?

Would you like to develop your entrepreneurship skills or business idea? Are you willing to build or already building your new business around your creative skills?

Apply now for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs support!
 

c2+i/Conexiones imiprobables along with 7 partners within project EXCITE 2.0 has become a part of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme focusing on the entrepreneurship in Creative and Culture Industries and we invite all the initiative and young entrepreneurs to participate.

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Creative Pill in Kuartango

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.

 

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EU recognises Conexiones improbables as good practice

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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Lanbide

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.

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