Digital and Sustainable Service Innovation for the Cultural and Creative Sectors

KA227 – Partnerships for Creativity

The cultural and creative sectors (CCS) are among the most severely impacted sectors of COVID-19 (1,2,3, 4) causing unemployment and precariousness on labour affecting circa 8,7 million people on the CCS sectors in the EU and 1,1 million cultural enterprises, and hence hampering re-entering to and entering to labour markets for the first time. Consequently, the activity of the sector diminishes. The situation may cause irreparable damage and a permanent decline of the cultural and creative sectors in Europe, and their consumption impacting well-being and cohesion of the communities and impacting other sectors too, such as tourism.

CCS sectors need permanent, adaptable and sustainable solutions to tackle societal change caused by the COVID-19 and any other new ones. ServiceDigiCult project aims to develop skills of unemployed, employed, self-employed and micro and small organisations in the CCS sectors to tackle the challenges COVID-19 and upcoming challenges. The skills areas to tackle focus on innovating and reinventing services, making service of products, to be delivered to customers in a new society harnessing digitalisation into it, and strategic foresight to tackle any future challenges and changes.


ServiceDigiCult project aims to create an online training and toolkit of service innovation for the cultural and creative sectors in order to foster their service innovation and development into novel and sustainable solutions which can also be provided digitally. Service innovation and design can be used for rethinking own product offer into new services using for instance digitalisation. Hence, the project uses creative methods to tackle the challenges of the CCS sectors.

Training will be supported by handbooks for the learners and trainers on how to use training and the toolkit, and a sustainable strategic foresight guide to create readiness to foresee and react to societal and sectoral changes using the service innovation. The training can be used as autonomous online training independent of time and place, but also as trainer-led blended or virtual learning. The toolkit and the materials are freely and openly available online to ease the access to them and the use of them.

Target groups
  • Target group 1: unemployed, employed, self-employed and micro and small organisations in the cultural and creative sectors in the EU needing novel service innovation training tailored to their needs
  • Target group 2: cultural actors, promoters and enhancers, such as municipalities and cultural organisations and associations, service design and design professionals, enterprise organisations and developers, obtain cutting-edge training material to support the target group 1. 
Within the project led by a consortium of 6 partners from Finland, Bulgaria, Poland, United Kingdom, 4 intellectual outputs will be prepared:

  1. Competency Framework – to define and validate the competency framework that will create the basis for the development of other outputs. It will involve qualitative and quantitative data for surveys, interviews and desk research.
  2. ServiceDigiCult Training and toolkit for Online and Blended learning – the training methods are foreseen to combine e.g. text, videos – webinars, examples, and empathy and user-based tools/toolkit of service innovation.
  3. Handbooks for Implementing ServiceCult Training: ServiceDigiCult Pilot Course – to assist adaptation and use of service innovation and the training and toolkit to rethink own activity.
  4. Sustainable strategic foresight guide – to enable unemployed, employed, self-employed and micro and small organisations in the cultural and creative sector to proactively foresee and adapt to the changes in the society and adapt these into their activity and service innovation.
Added Value

The great added value of the project lays in its multinational and experienced partnership. The transnational consortium has been selected due to their ability to cover different areas in tackling the challenges, part of them representing the CCS sectors and all being able to access a large number of representatives of the CCS sectors, but also due to their different cultural and creative traditions and sector focuses which hence will cover a larger and more heterogenic area of those in Europe. The different realities combined will an aim to contribute to creating a common European approach which is adaptable to different countries. Apart from core partners, there piloting  partners representing creative sectors and we also have associated partners from Finland, Poland, Bulgaria and UK.

Planned Activities
  • Seminars and conferences in 2021 – 2023 in all partner countries
  • Final International Conference in Poland

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Project Partnership




  • Fundacja Rozwoju Aktywnosci Miedzynarodowej i Edukacyjnej – FRAME (Poland)
  • INOVA CONSULTANCY LTD (United Kingdom)
  • CLUB 9000 (Bulgaria)
  • Österbottens Hantverk rf (Finland)
Project duration:
June 2021 – May 2023

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More information about the project:
Marta Kędzia, mkedzia(at)euframe(dot)eu



The project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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