Mesopartner summer academy 2017

03 Jul 2017 – 07 Jul 2017
Berlin, Germany

The annual Summer Academy of Mesopartner has become an important international capacity-building event on Territorial Economic Development for economic development practitioners around the world. It is designed for experienced professionals involved in designing, implementing and facilitating economic development processes and building team capacity. The 2017 event will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 3 to 7 July.

Territories are becoming more and more central to economic development efforts. Developing countries are facing many challenges and increasing change, especially beyond major cities and towns. Globalisation has increased the mobility of goods, people and ideas. At the same time, tacit knowledge and local learning are becoming more important, as they create a dynamic locational advantage.

At the Summer Academy, participants are introduced to Mesopartner’s approach to Territorial Economic Development (TED), which brings together experiences and instruments from Local and Regional Economic Development (LED/LRED), Bottom Up Industrial Policy, Innovation Systems, Complexity Thinking and Market System Development.

At the Summer Academy 2017, the specific emphasis will be on emergence and adaptation of meso organisations and their central role in the TED process. These organisations aim to promote the private sector, address persistent market underperformance, and promote territorial and sectoral competitiveness. The event will look at the organisational development in such organisations to enable them to identify trends and patterns in development processes, form partnerships or alliances and improve understanding through participatory processes. It will discuss the role of development programmes and their role in territorial development processes and what they can do to help meso organisations become more dynamic, strategic and responsive.


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