Shared Initiatives for Training

Cultural Leadership? Climate change? Inclusion? Gender and power relations? These are all important topics for the way cultural organisations work and their presence on their strategic agendas is increasing. Here is where SHIFT (Shared Initiatives for Training comes in.

The project SHIFT will provide training initiatives for cultural leaders, working together and creating paths to face such global challenges. Implementing changes where needed and passing on the gained knowledge to leaders and staff members of cultural networks and the broader cultural sector are key targets of the project.

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The partners will produce online manuals and guidelines during these two next years (until December 2021) on the following themes:

► Cultural Leadership
Cultural leadership is one of today’s buzzwords. Yet there is no common understanding on the concept of Cultural Leadership. Today people agree on a community-oriented approach and therefore a shared leadership, which doesn’t have to be neutral and universal, but is aware of its subjectivity and dependence on group identities and values. This new paradigm gives space for a humanistic managerial approach which will benefit to the whole cultural sector.
► Climate Change
Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives on local, national and global level. This project will provide capacity building for leaders and staff of cultural networks on how to claim a role in the action required to achieve the climate change goals of the UN SDGs. Claiming that role means embedding environmental sustainability into the way we work and collaborate.
► Inclusion
While the topic of inclusion in itself is not new, there are no general guidelines for cultural networks about how an organisation can adapt its work, its communication and its activities to reach more people in danger of being excluded. These guidelines will be the first document aimed at networks, organisations and institutions active in the field of culture. It will also have a special focus on leaders of these networks and organisations, with the aim of training them and reinforcing their capacity to increase inclusion and accessibility and to reduce inequality in their organisation and its activities.
► Gender & Power-relations
The #METOO movement, and other movements and campaigns, have increased the awareness and empowered employees around the globe to report sexual harassment and other inequalities in the workplace. They have also brought to the surface the vulnerability and a lack of effective protection mechanisms of anyone facing power abuse, regardless of age, class and gender. The aim of this foreseen code of conduct and toolkit is to contribute to a lasting impact of this wave of empowerment on professional and societal culture.