current everyday lives reflect a panorama of global, political, social
and economic uncertainties and therefore raises the need to respond
with imaginative initiatives that might help to develop new models in
response to the economic downturn and the new paradigms and
opportunities offered by the digital age.
In order to ensure the success of cultural and economic exchange, that
is also ecological and sustainable, it is necessary to establish
channels to optimise the participation of all of society in the
construction of a European Society of Knowledge, one that is innovative
and creative, multicultural, where social inclusion and gender equality
are cornerstones. The only way to establish stable alliances that offer
novel responses to the challenges facing Europe within a globalised
world will be through the coordination of policies of the 27 member
states and the committed backing of quality education, incentivising
and promoting creativity, research and innovation culture without
sexual, economic or racial discrimination and the cross-cutting
relationship between all sectors that link up our societies.
In October 2009 we organised and oversaw the I European Conference “Creativity, Innovation, Digital Culture, and Citizenship in the Construction of Europe” as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Representatives of institutions and organisations from Spain and Europe
took part at the event and also gave their support to its organisation.
The interest that emerged from the issues raised and initiatives
proposed has led to the organisation of this II European Conference under the title “Strategies for the Development of a European Digital Space”.
The development of the European Digital Space as
a response to the current needs of society will drive the Knowledge
Economy within Europe at the vanguard of ideas and proposals for the
future, sustained by education, research and creativity. Digital
culture that is innovative, inclusive, socially responsible and the
collective effort will consolidate the influence and leadership of the
European Union in the equilibrium of the world.