Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development


 18-20 September 2023 Online | 27-29 September 2023 Onsite Trento, Italy |  Sixth Edition  

Disrupting tradition: How digital technology is changing the cultural and creative processes

FINAL WORKSHOP OPEN TO PUBLIC ON 29 SEPT. 2023, TRENTO, ITALY - agenda and more info

The project 

The Summer Academy provides capacity building for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative sectors (CCS). At the end of the course, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the sector, its needs and dynamics. They will also develop expertise in putting in place effective and integrated strategies and policy frameworks to unleash the full potential of CCS as drivers for local economic growth, job creation and inclusion.


The Summer Academy seeks to: 

  • Stimulate sharing of knowledge and experience among participants, experts and professionals from several fields related to CCIs.
  • Provide common interpretation tools that will be applied to the analysis of participants’ case studies as well as projects and local practices aimed at promoting CCIs’ and local development.
  • Analyse the process of culture-driven social-economic innovation and the role of CCIs.
  • Foster networking and debate around relevant case studies and best practices from the Trentino and Alto Adige - Südtirol (Italy) region and across OECD.
  • Examine the CCI entrepreneurial process and the importance of creativity and innovation.
  • Promote online and offline social networks among participants in order to exchange knowledge, practical experiences and work methodologies, on CCIs’ and local development.

2023 Focus | Disrupting tradition: How digital technology is changing the cultural and creative processes 

Digital technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, impacting almost every aspect of our lives. As governments and experts around the world raise concerns over the implications of technologies such as artificial intelligence, we ask what these advances mean for cultural production, cultural access, and ethical cultural practice.

The 21st century’s advances in digital technology are changing the way we live, work and relate to one another. Dubbed by many as the “4th industrial revolution”, this chapter in human history is characterised by ubiquitous digital technology, operating through the manipulation of data, in an ever more connected world. In this scenario, the lines between the creative economy and the digital economy become blurred. As new platforms for cultural consumption have emerged, together with new tools for creating and customising cultural and social experiences, everyone can be a creator, a critic, an influencer, an activist. In this new digital/creative landscape, old intermediaries are displaced and new opportunities for both the democratisation and the exploitation of culture and creativity emerge.

The sixth edition of the Summer Academy took a close look at how advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 3D printing and blockchain, alongside digital platform intermediaries are shaping the cultural and creative sector. It explored the challenges and opportunities presented by these advances and deepened the debate on policy, practitioner and public engagement with these issues.

The 2023 Summer Academy included webinars, interactive digital sessions with key actors (online) and a complementary (optional) study visit to Trentino, Italy (onsite), that was also open to 2020-22 Summer Academy alumni who only participated online. The Academy allowed participants to consider real-life situations and to engage with practical challenges faced by their organisations and institutions.


The Summer Academy targets policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion of and support to creative cultural sectors. Participants may be freelancers or currently work in public institutions (national, regional, provincial or local governments, development agencies, research centres, international organisations) or private companies and organisations (foundations, co-operatives, NGOs, grassroots community organisations, non-profit entities, etc.) or active in the field of CCS development.


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Material & information

Course outline & Agenda

2023 Agenda & Presentations

 (all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda) 

Application process

Applicants had to provide:

► Personal and professional information.
► Motivations for participating in the Summer Academy.
► A case study (project, programme or initiative, which is currently being implemented or has concluded within the last 5 years and is directly related to the candidate’s professional experience).

The number of participants for the Summer Academy online was limited to 24.


Fee, logistics and costs

There was no participation fee for the Summer Academy online. Selected candidates received all material supporting the course in digital format, instruction on the use of the online platform and technical assistance on how to best organise their participation.

A contribution for participation of 100 EUR was foreseen for the Summer Academy onsite. The organisers covered transport and lunches during the Summer Academy onsite, whereas travel to Trento and accommodation costs were borne by selected participants.

Working language



OECD Trento Centre: [email protected]

Tsm: [email protected]


Other related activities


Strategie di sostegno e di valorizzazione dei Settori Culturale e Creativo per lo sviluppo locale. Bergamo Brescia Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2023 | 11-14 dicembre 2023 | Webinar online e viaggio studio a Brescia


2023 Lectures

 Insights from the OECD on global AI development - Marco Bianchini & Luis Aranda


An OECD introduction to disruptive digital technologies in the cultural and creative industries - Ekaterina Travkina & Martha Bloom 


Web3 and decentralisation - Claudio Calveri

The Creativity Code - Marcus du Sautoy


Previous Editions 

Fifth Edition | 18-21 September 2022 | DIGITAL & 26-28 September 2022 | Trento, Italy

2022 Focus: Culture changes lives! The transformative impacts of culture and creativity for better societies

Summer Academy Agenda 2022The levels of social, environmental and economic inequality in our society are increasingly challenging the health and wellbeing of people. It is time to rethink our approach to local development, whether in metropolitan areas or smaller towns. Culture and creative activities have the capacity to improve the self-confidence and the creativity of individuals, as well as the quality of places for current and future residents. The fifth edition of the Summer Academy aims to discuss and showcase the role of CCS within a common sustainability framework which includes critical areas such as the environment, demography, and social justice.

The 2022 Academy included webinars, interactive digital sessions with key actors (online) and a complementary (optional) study visit in Trentino, Italy (onsite), that was also open to 2020-21 Summer Academy alumni who only participated online. This allowed participants to consider real-life situations and to engage with practical challenges faced by their organisations and institutions. 

2022 Agenda & Presentations

 (all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)

Workshop "How culture can transform places" | 28 September 2022 | Trento, Italy | Agenda (EN/IT)


2022 Lectures

 The Wonderworks method: How art boosts optimism, creativity, and courage - Sarah Lagrotteria


The arts for cross-cutting public policy: A certificate program for cities - Doris Sommer 


Bristol’s cultural renaissance: The work of Bristol Ideas - Andrew Kelly



Fourth Edition | 27-30 September 2021 | DIGITAL

2021 Focus: Culture and creativity at the core of the recovery

Summer Academy Agenda 2021As both the climate emergency and the COVID-19 crisis unfold, with increasingly critical impacts on economic, social and educational inequalities, policy makers, urban practitioners and sustainable development activists all over the world are looking for new ways to lay the foundations for strong, healthy, more equal and resilient communities in the future. They are working on many fronts to address the vulnerabilities this generalised state of crisis is exposing.As cities and regions reconsider growth models in the wake of COVID-19, cultural and creative industries can be put at the core of a resilient recovery. CCS are a significant source of jobs and income, and also generate important spillovers to the wider economy. They are a driver of innovation, a source of creative skills, and act as a magnet that helps drive growth in other sectors such as tourism. Beyond their economic impacts, they also have significant social impacts, from supporting health and well-being, to promoting social inclusion and local social capital.

As well as offering a reflection on the policies, methods and approaches that could help us to build back better, SACCI 2021 investigated good practices, and highlighted evidence showing how CCIs, when properly valued and supported, could be the key to unlock a sustainable recovery and to achieve the objectives set by the Agenda 2030. 

2021 Agenda & Presentations

 (all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)


2021 Lectures

How cultural participation may boost the post-pandemic recovery: social impact and behavioural change


Environmental sustainability and culture: mainstreaming international policy frameworks into the cultural and creative industries 


Truly building back better: what will it take?

 What we discussed in 2021...with a bit of creativity

 Download the graphic recording in pdf format



Third Edition | 27-30 April 2020 | DIGITAL

2020 Focus: Joining forces to shape the future

‌What can we learn from past experiences? How can Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) help people and places to better address the new challenges brought about by climate change, globalisation, demographic change and technological breakthroughs?

For several decades, cities and regions across the world have been successfully mobilising cultural and creative resources to address societal challenges, regenerate the economy, create new identities and promote inclusion.

SACCI 2020 took stock of past CCIs policies and culture-led development initiatives and looked to the future, by focusing on how to reshape CCIs policies in view of the challenges posed by megatrends.

In particular, this edition of the Summer Academy examined how the creativity of artists and CCIs’ entrepreneurs, cross-overs with other sectors and the use of new technologies could spur innovation in process, products and services in various fields such as health and well-being, social cohesion, environment protection, urban renewal, education and skills. The new forms of governance required to deliver such innovation were also part of the discussion.

2020 Agenda & Presentations

 (all material is available online and linked throughout the agenda)


2020 Lectures

CCIs' perspectives in the lights of megatrends

Creativity in the digital age

Taking stock of the creative city agenda


Second Edition | 16-20 June 2019 | Trento & Bolzano, Italy

2019 Focus: Creative solutions to contemporary challenges

Summer Academy Agenda 2019The Academy fosters a hands-on approach, which introduces participants to the overall conceptual and theoretical framework of culture and creativity in local development and invites them to engage proactively, and in creative ways, with local organisations, institutions and places.

Within this approach, the Academy included on-site visits and interview-style sessions with key local actors. This allowed participants to consider real-life situations and to engage with practical dilemmas often faced by their organisations and institutions.

For the 2019 edition, three main dilemmas were identified:

  • Tradition vs Innovation (keywords: digital transformation, cultural production and consumption, the role/identity of museums and other cultural institutions in contemporary society)
  • Preservation vs (Re)activation (keywords: urban/rural regeneration, creative identity of places, sustainability)
  • Linear development vs Holistic approach (keywords: cross-sectorial policies, embedding creativity in local systems, cross innovation, skills for a creative city)

2019 Course outline & Agenda



First Edition | 11-15 June 2018 | Trento & Bolzano, Italy

2018 Focus: The relationship between cultural heritage and CCI

Summer Academy AGENDA 2018The Academy focused on the relationship between cultural heritage and CCIs, with an exploration of following themes:

  • Building resilient creative ecosystems. What kind of environment do CCIs need to flourish? What challenges does the establishment of creative ecosystems pose to policy makers? 
  • Raise awareness of creative resources. What are the main skills needed by CCIs? How can knowledge and creativity support innovation? 
  • Governance and funding. How can a financial ecosystem support CCIs? How can we best fund artistic and cultural activities and products?
  • CCIs for inclusive development. What is the link between CCIs and social inclusion? Why and how can culture and creativity improve the quality of life in a community?

2018 Course outline & Agenda


Final conference on CCIs support ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy Agenda

 (also in Italian)


The Summer Academy is organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in collaboration with tsm - Trentino School of Management (Italy, the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and EIT Culture & Creativity with the support of the Department for Cultural Activities of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) and the Department of Italian culture (Youth Policies Unit) – Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy)

  Tsm - Trentino School of Management