NICE spells out as "Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe". This smart trans-sectorial network consists of stakeholders from all over Europe to join forces and systematically promote the impact of arts, culture and the creative industries on innovation, urban development. Its members share the mission to address the major challenges of our world through non-tech innovations driven by the cultural and creative sectors.

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NICE members can be cities and, public institutions, networks and initiatives or cultural and creative entrepreneurs as well as non-profit stakeholders.

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The NICE Network was founded in 2013 at Zeche Zollverein, an icon for change through innovation and culture. In 2017 the NICE Network has 21 members in 15 EU-States.   

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An Introduction: Making the world a better place through creativity

Making the world a better place – this is not a new goal indeed, but does that make it less ambitious? Making the world a better place through creativity – this is old news to artists, scientists and entrepreneurs. But for a state, and especially a group of nation states such as the European Union, it appears to be a remarkable innovation .

The History: Developing a European network based on local interests

In September 2012, ecce turned to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry with a simple question: What is innovation? Which definition is at the heart of the recently announced Europe 2020 strategy and its Innovation Union ?

The Idea of NICE — Promoting cultural and creative innovations in Europe

In 2015, NICE, the "Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe", exists for three years and it continues to grow quickly and break expected boundaries: the network won new members in Spain, UK and Poland. Attraction and attention are booming – so what is really the added value and identity of the NICE Network ?

NICE Members and Membership 

2017 the network counts some 21 members from 15 nations. Membership is granted upon application (here) and review by the network leader, ecce in Dortmund. The membership fee is based on a non-cash, inkind contributions to NICE communication and collaborations (here). More about all members .