Driving the Green Transition

14 – 15 September 2023


This upcoming two-day workshop titled, Driving the Green Transition, is taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 14 – 15 September 2023, hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU.

This is the third in a series of three workshops addressing urgent skills needs in the cultural and creative sectors. It aims to co-create a learning format that provides the skills in need for cross-disciplinary collaborations engaging a wide range of different stakeholders in the green transition. 

How can artists and creatives help to build much-needed capacities for implementing change on systems level? The main outcome will be educational modules that indicate and share creative confidence to drive green transformation processes.

Invited guests and participants will discuss skills strategies corresponding to three main themes:

    1. What skills are urgently needed in the cultural and creative sectors to adapt to the challenges of the climate crisis?
    2. How can skills and competencies in art, culture and creativity effectively contribute to the societal transformation towards sustainable economies?
    3. Which skills sets would enable art and culture, heritage and creativity to drive the green transition?

The search for strategies and techniques for revealing, persuading and inspiring the climate transition inevitably turns and returns to art and culture. Their power lies not just in the power to act and create affect but also in its complement: the power to be affected — to adapt to radically changing circumstances, to incorporate the terms of those changes, and nevertheless to persist or subsist. 

More than merely changing the subject, this can reframe how to imagine what a subject is or could be. It allows to raise the question of justice in the climate transition and develop forms of co-agency that scale up, out, deep. The peculiar skills and capacities running transversally across the cultural sectors, to question and to transform the world in place, are the key to overcoming the obstacles to climate transition.

In-person registration is closed


Online Participation


Venue: NTNU Brussels Office, Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

The time mentioned in the programme refers to the local time of the event, which is the Central European Summer Time (CEST), UTC+2.


Please note that places for in-person participation are limited, therefore registration is required.


11:00 – 13:00 Presentations by:

  • Fredrik Timour, Fashion Innovation Center
  • Marta Materska-Samek, Jagiellonian University
  • Yngve Dahle, Entreprenerdy
  • Jan Vincent Jordan: Puzzle pieces of innovation support, RWTH Aachen University

/hybrid session/

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:40 Presentations by:

  • Michael Hardt, Duke University

/hybrid session/

14:00 – 16:00 Breakout sessions


10:00 – 13:00 Presentations by:

  • Jakob Bilabel, Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit
  • Annela Anger-Kraavi, University of Cambridge
  • Johanna Leissner, Fraunhofer

/hybrid session/

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Discussion and conclusions