Cultural Organizations and Social Innovation: the Case of Bunker (Slovenia)

Abstract

In recent years, countless academic publications, reports and statistics from European and international organisations have appeared discussing the role of innovation, culture or creativity in development processes. Culture is acquiring an increasing functionality in the demands for transformation of our political, social and economic system, not only because it has the capacity to catalyse innovation, but also because it incorporates a network of values that lead to a new ethical interpretation of social and economic exchanges. In the framework of the European project Sostenuto, the University of Valencia has designed a model that explains the emergence of new forms of economic and social organisation and gives clues on how to strengthen the capacity for innovation in the cultural sector. The experience of Bunker, a cultural organisation, in the neighbourhood of Tabor (Ljubljana, Slovenia) serves to illustrate the links between cultural and creative activities and social innovation, urban regeneration and social cohesion.

Raúl Abeledo Sanchis Journal Article Data de publicació 2013 Journal Debates CesContexto Rethinking Urban Inclusion (Universidade de Coimbra) Volume June 2013 Issue 2 Pages 733-746