Cultural Policy Designers unite in new European network
Independent cultural policy designers, known in the field for their policy work across Europe and beyond, have launched a new network. The eight founders of the Cultural Policy Designers Network (CPDN) have joined forces to provide alternative and independent partnerships that draw on international expertise for advice, strategic planning and project implementation in the arts, culture and the creative economy.
The founders of CPDN are Toni Attard (Malta), Fanny Bouquerel (France), Cristina Farinha (Portugal), Tom Fleming (UK), Philippe Kern (Belgium), Petya Koleva (Bulgaria), Luka Piskoric (Slovenia) and Ragnar Siil (Estonia).
As the first European network for professional cultural policy experts operating from within the non-governmental sector, CPDN will serve as a platform for its members to develop partnerships with national, regional, European and international institutions.
The network wants to operate as a truly European force providing expertise in the cultural fields to serve the European project in its social, economic and diplomatic dimension. The Cultural Policy Designers Network intends to be a knowledge-based, independent partner, free from any political affiliations or lobby groups.
CPDN has also launched a membership call for interested individuals who wish to join the network. In the coming months CPDN will also start connecting with other networks and organisations interested in exploring new and alternative solutions to challenges in cultural development through a collaborative pan-European approach.