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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The newest NICE member is Hessen Design e.V. in Germany.

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In July 2019 the School of Arts of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto joined the NICE network.

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NICE members can be public or private stakeholders.

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In 2019 the NICE Network has 40 members in 18 EU member 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 2019, NICE, the "Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe", exists for six years and it continues to grow quickly and break expected boundaries: recentyl the network won new members in Serbia, UK and Portugal. Attraction and attention are booming – so what is really the added value and identity of the NICE Network ?

NICE Members and Membership 

2019 the network counts some 41 members from 18 nations. Membership is granted upon application and review by the network leader, ecce in Dortmund. The membership fee is based on non-cash, in kind contributions to NICE communication and collaborations. Read more about the members

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A competence center that makes outstanding design achievements visible in cultural, social and economic importance becomes 41st NICE member
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The Catholic Portuguese University is actively involved in the debate on contemporary artistic themes in Porto with its School of Arts. In 2019 it is our newest, 40th member of the NICE Network!
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TFCC: a globally acting NICE Network Member from the United Kingdom!
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