We create a knowledge platform for transnational learning and joint development of methods and policy recommendations. The knowledge platform complements existing networks and measures developed on the national, regional, and local level in the eight members states of the Baltic Sea Region. It offers access to a wider geography and knowledge base. Furthermore, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region offers channels for reaching policy impact in different levels of governance.
This means creating a process based on thematic working groups, where selected actors from different levels of governance, local, regional and national, and from different sectors, businesses, government and non-governmental organizations come together and develop policy recommendations and new methods. Each group consists of both policy makers and practitioners.
The groups are essentially multi-skilled, transnational teams of about 15-20 actors guided by trained process facilitators.
As main inputs to the work of the TWGs we introduce
- input from research (under the lead of the research officer)
- successfully implemented, pre-screened projects and initiatives
- participants´ own knowledge and experience
Work in the TWGs follows the principle of co-creation. We refer to co-creation as a design tool that is used to invite key stakeholders to jointly produce mutually valued outcome. It creates ownership and engagement as well as more innovative ideas. Co-creation is used to generate ideas, solve problems, improve performance or create new products or services.