Jon Hindley, Public Health Officer, Leeds City Council (UK) and Amalia Zeoup, former Vice Mayor for Civil Society, Athens (Greece)

Workshop Recap: Urban Sustainable Development Lab x Apolitical

On October 8, the Urban Sustainable Development Lab collaborated with Apolitical to host a workshop on digital innovation in social care. This session marks the completion of the ongoing trial of co-funded by the UK and European Space Agencies. Care View is our award-winning digital platform to help local governments re-engage socially isolated older residents..

Our guest speakers were Amalia Zepou, former Vice-Mayor for Civil Society in Athens (Greece) and Jonathan Hindley, Public Health Officer for Leeds City Council (UK). Both Amalia and Jon have pioneered digitally-enabled impact in their…


From L — R: Juness Beshir (Lenbachhaus) Andrea Geipel (Deutsches Museum) Paul Pizzinini (CamperBoys GmbH) Matthias Fischer (Lead. Empower. You.)
Juliane Kahl (Responsive Fashion Institute) Max Haas (Mindpax GmbH)

We’re delighted to announce the names of the six participants from the Munich Storytelling Lab that have been selected for the 3-month mentoring programme. They will recieve support to design and run innovation experiments that connect their projects with demonstrable social impact aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

It’s the first time that we’ve had such a diverse mix — from legacy institutions to startups — working in the fields of culture, fashion, tourism, music and mental health. …


Let’s play a serious game (Abhay Adhikari & Cori Moore). Photo Credit: Roland Baege ()

On Wednesday, July 24, we held the first workshop of the project. Launched in collaboration with Dortmunder U, Center for Arts and Creativity in Dortmund, Germany, this one year project explores new digital literacies for the cultural sector. The programme is funded by the Beisheim Stiftung.

DigiTrans explores four themes: rethinking leadership, rethinking teams, rethinking success and rethinking collaboration. We’re interested in the small steps that can have a big impact in the way people conceive and develop projects in the cultural sector. …


We’ve launched a new project — DigiTrans — in collaboration with Dortmunder U, Center for Arts and Creativity in Dortmund, Germany. This six-month digital transformation project will explore new digital literacies for the cultural sector. This programme is funded by the Beisheim Stiftung.

DigiTrans is supported by a dynamic, cross-departmental group at the led by Jasmin Vogel. Over the coming months, we will invite multidisciplinary experts in the fields of digitalisation, cultural engagement, curatorial practice and accessibility to contribute to the programme.

We will explore four themes

The programme will explore four themes: Rethinking Leadership, Rethinking Teams, Rethinking Success and Rethinking Collaboration. The…


Keynote from Allez Hop! A French-German Cultural Entrepreneurship Summit held in Mannheim on April 4–5. The focus of this event was Digital Futures in Culture. This talk is inspired by Post No Evil, an episode of the Radiolab podcast produced by produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City.


Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao

I’ve just returned from Spain after a planning meeting with our Culture Lab partners Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, a UNESCO City of Design. The Culture Lab is a unique program for artists, musicians, performers, writers, makers and designers to find meaningful ways to use digital technologies in their projects as well as create new connections with audiences globally.


At Conecta, the second smARTplaces confrence in Zaragoza. In this photo: Abhay Adhikari with members of the Cultural Manifesto Editorial Board — Sharna Jackson and Cleo Schoeps. Photo credit: Jennifer

This is a transcription of the talk introducing the cultural engagement manifesto at Conecta, the second smARTplaces conference on Audience and Mediation on the 14th and 15th of March 2019 at Etopia Centre for Art & Technology in Zaragoza.


Dear friends,

I am thrilled to announce our Culture Lab in collaboration with Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain. This is a new programme for artists, musicians, performers, writers, makers and designers to find meaningful ways to use digital technologies in their projects as well as make new connections with audiences globally.

The Bilbao edition of the Lab is open to individual artists and collectives working around the Basque Country context. We will engage 30 participants in a 2-day laboratory and then offer an online residency to 10. This six month project also includes a symposium and a conference in November.


: Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States ( „Tunnelbana & Stockholm Skyline (15925503541)“, Cropped by NA,

We’re delighted to launch the 2019 Swedish Digital Identities Programme. This is the fifth edition of the programme, which supports cultural organisations to experiment with storytelling and develop new approaches to audience engagement and participation.

I use the word edition as the programme has evolved over the years in response to our participants’ needs. Furthermore, the changes our societies face are very different from just a few years ago. People are influenced by new ideas and trends. They’re engaging in new behaviours. We label people as visitors, audiences, curators, educators, marketeers — which creates an illusion that we’re one step removed from this change. But that’s not the case.

We’re witnessing the rise and fall of global movements. Rather than being swept away by them, how can cultural institutions establish their relevance? How do they…

Abhay Adhikari

I am interested in the context & values of our Digital Identities.

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