"Open Forum Removing the barriers to creativity and innovation"
Open Forum Removing the barriers to creativity and innovation? Listening to stakeholders voice Brussels, 27 May 2009 Madou Auditorium Organised by the Learnovation Roundtable with the support of the European Commission as a contribution to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation Rationale and objectives of the event In order to reach a common European vision of Creativity and Innovation in education and in society, the concerns, vision and contributions of all stakeholder categories must be taken into account, going beyond the classical divisions of government – private sector – civil society and adopting a genuinely open approach where al the voices are heard with the same relevance. To reach this aim, the Learnovation Roundtable, gathering the main networks active in Europe in the field of innovation in education and training, is organising a conference specifically aimed at contributing to the European policy cooperation for the following decade. The Conference will focus on: 1. what concrete elements can be brought in the agenda corresponding to the expectations and concerns of stakeholders in relation to barriers of innovation; 2. how stakeholders voice can be heard in the definition, implementation and evaluation of creativity and innovation policies and initiatives. The event will be structured in an innovative and open way along the different visions and contributions on all stakeholders’ categories. During the Conference, E&T experts will interact with national and local policy makers in charge of education, EC representatives will listen to he concerns of school teachers directly from their voice, representatives of certification bodies will answer the questions of informal learning practitioners, and so on. Quoting from the Policy Paper “Europe with students eyes” from the European Students Union: “The stakeholder principle recognises that although all actors within the European learning system work towards the same goal, they do so from radically different perspectives and life experiences. This leads to the conclusion that, besides the social partners, the institutions and students should also be included in the working groups. The limited inclusion of stakeholders creates a problem of ownership.” The Conference will gather around 100 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, of the European Parliament, of the Member States, of research networks dealing with education, of content industry, of university networks, and of civil society actors and networks. 1 Draft Programme speakers to be confirmed 9.30 Welcome Claudio Dondi, Learnovation Roundtable 9.40 Opening speech - Odile Quintin, European Commission - Roberto Carneiro, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa Presentation of the EYCI and of the results of the activities organised to date - Roger O’Keeffe, European Commission 10.00 Keynote speeches Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) 10.45 Coffee break 11.15 Parallel Debate Sessions: what stakeholders have to say? Each session will count with both an “institutional” (representatives of EC, Ministries…) and with a “non institutional” rapporteur (champions of bottom-up creativity and innovation), that will report to the plenary the debated issues. Session 1 - Learning in the life of digital natives 5 Minutes statements from EADL, MENON “Institutional” rapporteur: “Non-institutional” rapporteur: Session 2 - Changing relationships between learning and working 5 Minutes statements from eLIG, EFMD “Institutional” rapporteur: “Non-institutional” rapporteur: Session 3 - New value chains for higher education 5 Minutes statements from ESU, EUCEN EuroPACE “Institutional” rapporteur: “Non-institutional” rapporteur: Session 4 - Learning Individuals and Learning Communities 5 Minutes statements from EDEN, EADL, EFQUEL “Institutional” rapporteur: “Non-institutional” rapporteur: 13.00 Lunch 2 14.00 Reporting from parallel Roundtables and setting of the issues for the Panel, with comments by audience 15.00 Panel: Stakeholders involvement in a log term perspective Chair: TBD The European Commission perspective, Maruja Gutierrez, EC The researcher perspective, Alan Brown, EERA The civil society perspective, Gina Ebner, EUCIS-LLL The industry perspective, Matthias Holzner, European Group on Creativity and Innovation The local government perspective The students perspective, ESU Open discussion 16.30 Conclusions of the day Claudio Dondi, MENON Network 17.00 Closing remarks Commissioner Figel 18.00 Press conference with the Learnovation networks, presenting the results of the event More on the Learnovation Roundtable WHY THE LEARNOVATION ROUNDTABLE? The Roundtable intends to propose itself as a new interlocutor – a representative of stakeholders committed to innovation and Lifelong Learning – to help European policy makers at all institutional levels to accelerate and strengthen the impact of innovation policies affecting education, training, lifelong learning but also the European economy and society according to the renewed Lisbon strategy. WHO IS SUPPORTING IT? Nine European networks of major importance have already decided to support and take part to the LEARNOVATION Roundtable: EADL – European Association for Distance Learning, EDEN – European Distance and eLearning Network, EFMD – European Foundation for Management Development, EFQUEL – European Federation for Quality in eLearing, ELIG – European Learning Industry Group, ESU – European Student Union, EUCEN – European University Continuing Education Network, EuroPACE and the MENON Network. Other European networks have been invited as members or observers. IS IT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS? Established European Networks active in the field of Innovation and Lifelong Learning are welcome to join the group of founding members of the Round Table . individual organisations, national networks or individuals who are motivated to contribute to the process can take part to the LEARNOVATION Stakeholders Club that will act in synergy with the European Round Table. 3 HOW WILL IT WORK? The Roundtable will identify a few policy priorities and will produce – through a consensus building exercise involving the Stakeholders’ Club – one policy paper every year, while keeping its availability to be consulted by European and national policy makers on new policies, initiatives and programmes. HOW WILL IT MEASURE ITS SUCCESS? The main demonstration of success will be in the degree of influence that the Round Table will have produced both through its “initiative papers” and its consultation contributions to existing or new policies. Networks supporting the Learnovation initiative The European Association for Distance Learning is the European association of schools, institutions and individuals working in correspondence and distance education. With members from over 20 European countries, the Association is a representative forum for the exchange of information and ideas on current practice and developments in the expanding field of distance learning. Nearly all member states of the European Community are represented in the EADL. But the EADL has also members in Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. EDEN - the European Distance and E Learning Network - exists to share knowledge and improve understanding for professionals in distance and e-learning across the whole of Europe and beyond, and to promote policy and practice for this field of endeavour. EDEN is for all those concerned with distance and e-learning, in all sectors and phases of education and training. With more than 1000 individual members and 197 institutional members, EDEN holds annual conferences attracting more than 550 participants; holds additional conferences on research and on the schools sector every two years; supports its own open source journal EURODL (www.eurodl.org); and provides support and advice for a range of projects in the European spere. The European Foundation for Management Development is an international membership organization, based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 650 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 75 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. EFMD is recognized globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education and has established accreditation services for business schools and business school programmes, corporate universities and technology-enhanced learning programmes. 4 The European Learning Industry Group, ELIG, is an open consortium of leading ICT companies and eLearning content providers who seek to promote eLearning throughout Europe, in schools, universities, the workplace and homes. ESU, the European Students’ Union is the umbrella organisation of 49 national unions of students from 38 countries and through these members represent over 10 million students. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO. EUCEN, the Europeam University Continuing Education Network was founded in 1991 and is now the largest European multidisciplinary Association in University Lifelong Learning. It is registered in Belgium as an international non-governmental non-profit making organisation and has 212 members from 42 countries. EuroPACE is a European non-profit association of universities, educational organisations and their networks, with the main objective of fostering networked e-learning for virtual mobility, for internationalization of higher education, for knowledge creation and sharing, and for lifelong learning. The European Foundation for Quality in eLearning - EFQUEL - is a European membership organisation, with the mission is to enhance the quality of eLearning in Europe by providing services and support for all stakeholders. EFQUEL is built on principles of dialogue and inclusiveness to promote excellence and innovation to achieve Learning Europe. MENON is a European research and innovation network, active at national, European and international level, providing information and advice to policy makers, education communities, and the ICT industry on issues related to innovation and changes in Education and Training, Lifelong Learning and Knowledge Society developments in Europe and worldwide. 5