Local democracy is a special environment, in which there can - and should - always be a place for all kinds of social leaders organized in political parties, public administration structures, non-governmental organizations, and even informal groups. Polish experience of public authority transformation indicates that the development of a particular local community is directly correlated with governance effectiveness, which, in turn, results from intersectoral cooperation and participatory management model. Thus, above all, it is a permanent inclusion of city residents into management process through various instruments enabling a real delegation of powers, that is decentralization of power.
SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
The "Science and education" thematic area covers issues related to science and education in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular focusing on following problems::
- reforms of primary and higher education in the countries of the region,
- international cooperation in the field of science and education,
- dissemination of innovative projects, as well as educational and research programmes which are transnational in their nature,
- the role of formal and informal education in systemic and economic transformation, as well as in social change in Eastern Europe.
The "Science and education" thematic area also focuses on the problems of groups active in the field of science and education, including young researchers, teachers and students. Undertaken actions during the Congress will support these groups in establishing regional and global cooperation and will create a space for discussion on their development.
The "Science and education" thematic area works for the development of good practices in scientific and educational institutions in Eastern Europe through workshops, training and summer school organized during EEIC.
HERITAGE AND RECONCILIATION
This year, the thematic area includes a debate on the memory of post-Soviet countries, a case study analysis and a round table debate ("100th anniversary of the Independence: challenges and prospects of Eastern Europe").
During above discussion, we will look for the concept of formal and informal activities for understanding in the fields of traumatic past (the Great Famine in Ukraine and Moldova), seeking positive solutions and models of reconciliation through common cultural and historical heritage. There will be also a presentation of textbooks for learning Polish-Russian relation in 14th-20th century, prepared by Polish Institute for Central-East Europe in Lublin and Institute of Contemporary History in Moscow, implemented thanks to financial support of the National Science Centre.
Partners of the thematic area include: Grupa Mowa Żywa (Live Language Group), Fundacja Teren Otwarty (Open Territory Foundation), Stowarzyszenie Borussia (Borussia Association).
Regional partnerships are conducive to strongly integrated cooperation of many entities above national borders in a given area. Such partnerships may concern various levels of management and administration, and include public and non-governmental bodies, as well as private entities. There are many areas of regional cooperation across the EU with neighbouring third countries, which can benefit from the Cohesion Policy funding.
Cultural activity at institutional level in Central European countries is burdened with anachronistic evaluation of cultural practices. Following post-modern phenomena occurring in wide cultural circulation of Western Europe are still perceived by the East as unworthy of public support. Despite these difficulties, young artists and cultural animators from Eastern European countries work vigorously and as a result, at a world-wide level, they arouse admiration among their Western colleagues. Despite the lack of institutional support, actions in the field of music, visual arts, new media and street art gain international publicity. We will try to diagnose the state of the vertically created culture, to show its most interesting achievements and to develop recommendations that will enable changing harmful stereotypes affecting evaluation of artistic activities, which results from misunderstanding of their essence and significance in the context of global social changes occurring in the 21st century.
The principle of equal treatment is a basis for protection of individual rights within the European Union: everyone is equal before the law, and discrimination against anyone is contrary to the regulations in force in the EU. This applies to such characteristics as sex, age, skin color, nationality or ethnic origin, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, religion, political views, and party affiliation. Numerous evidences provided by scientific researches indicate that communities, whose members have a sense of equal impact on the directions and ways of their development, are those which develop better, are more harmonious, and have fewer internal conflicts and tensions. Taking care of equality not only deos it means to counteract discrimination, but also it is about promoting equal access and equal participation of various social groups in public life. Sometimes it requires the so-called affirmative actions or positive discrimination, in order to more effectively or quickly include specific group in the mainstream of activities. Local self-governments have a huge role to play in building a climate conducive to equality by, on the one hand, promoting equality within institutions, and on the other hand, by creating policies and tools fostering equal opportunities. As a part of the "Equality: thematic area, we will take a look at urban policies promoting equality and diversity management, cooperation with non-governmental organizations in this field, and we will also address issue of equal development opportunities for local self-governments on example of provincial cities.
Development of sustainable transport and urban mobility is a big challenge for local self-governments in the context of increasing car traffic and related problems. Effective management of public transport and support of the cycling and walking movements, as well as creating friendly spaces without architectural barriers, determine attractiveness of a modern city for its residents. Mobility outside the city depends on airports operating both tourist and migration traffic, but they are also key to get big external business investors.
1. Festival audience development in practice
Audience development is (in a big simplification) a marketing of art, which goes far beyond the “sale of events”. Its task is to activate community around the activities of organization, build relationships with audience and animate and develop its interests. So it is all about both increasing the size of the audience, as well as learning and building its needs. Another important factor here is to take care of the already gained audience, as well as to consciously reach for the new one. The term audience refers to all the recipients of activities of an organizations dealing with culture and art: participants, guests, readers, listeners, viewers, school and university students, partners, sponsors and so on.
Within this panel, we want to discuss the experience of event organizers connected with building the event’s target groups and partner networks. We will also deliberate on the relationship that is built between the event concept and the city where the event is to be organized.
2. Culinary dimension of journey
In recent years, an increased interest in tourism based on cuisine and culinary has become noticed. Of course, it is not an enough incentive to to take a trip, but yrt is often one of the main factors that builds satisfaction of a stay. Television stations broadcast variety of programs on culinary tourism. Bookstores are full of culinary books and magazines, while blogs on cooking are breaking traffic records in the Internet. There are also more and more culinary workshops and similar events to available attend. In spite of the growing, far and wide propagated fashion for regional products and return to old Polish flavors, spices and recipes, still only few places can be perceived as local tourist attraction based on culinary tourism. This means a place considered as a must-visit in order to follow the atmosphere of the city, its historical and modern heritage.
The subject of the second panel discussion within the "Tourism" thematic area is devoted to good practices of building the concept of gastronomic facilities referring to the "place of its origin" effect. During the deliberations, we will wonder if the culinary routes are indeed popular among tourists. We will also tackle following issues: Who is the participant of culinary events? Is it possible to stand out in the market by promoting local traditions? What is the barrier and what is the potential for development?
3. This whole marketing thing!
Are marketing activities only a domain of large corporations? Are own logo and leaflets enough to promote one’s services? What does it mean to be consistent with the brand? Do cities need their own brand? During the third panel discussion within "Tourism" thematic area, we will address the above and many other issues. We will discuss what day-to-day building and implementing brand are based on what are we afraid of and how long does it take to move from the very idea to the graphic design and commitment.
INNOVATION AND BUSINESS
This thematic line will inspire the representatives of science and business from the Eastern Partnership states to think in the perspective of innovation development and improvement of efficiency in implementing new technologies to enterprises and public administration. On the one hand, there will be a chance to listen to lectures and opinions of practitioners who achieved success in the field of innovation. On the other hand, the debates will serve as a platform for exchange of view and ideas between people of science and business.
POLICY AND SECURITY
A range of external and internal factors influence political or managerial decision-making. The processes of European integration, but also Brexit, open or hybrid wars, populism and propaganda – all of them determine our perception of security, which subsequently influences expectations regarding development directions of local communities, regions, states and their groupings. Without a thorough understanding of processes and trends that are currently taking place in the world, we will neither make the right decisions nor be able to effectively implement them.