Last week I was asked by Pascale Knoglinger of La Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique to attend a meeting in Victoria where she was training people from the Western provinces on the ÉCONOMUSÉE model introduced in BC.
"ÉCONOMUSÉE British Columbia Artisans Concept is trademarked and recognized by UNESCO as a model for the preservation of intangible heritage. There are currently 53 ÉCONOMUSÉES in Canada (Atlantic Provinces and Quebec). In 2012, British Columbia joined the ÉCONOMUSÉE network by opening its first two pilot sites at Merridale Ciderworks in Cobble Hill, and at Hazelwood Herb Farm in Yellowpoint." (ÉCONOMUSÉE Pilot Initiative Evaluation Report, 2012).
BC Regional Innovation Chair because in many ways, the design of the BCRIC's has addressed many of these issues. The BCRIC's were developed to respond to regional priorities and our reward system is not based on the same model as the traditional University structure. Building networks, responding to the needs of communities, organizations or government, identifying innovators and sharing them with others, and linking directly with policy makers are the expectations embedded in my work. And, because I believe all practice is linked to theory, there are ample opportunities to ponder, reflect and share my observations with academics.
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