Do it together
The collection of papers "Do it Together. Practices and Tendencies of Participatory Governance in Culture in the Republic of Croatia" was created within the framework of the two-year project "Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions" that the Foundation implemented with the support of the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).
Based on all the collected data, conducted analysis and gained insights, this publication was created as a joint work of the researchers and the director of the Foundation and serving as notes for cultural policy. Besides the wide theoretical coverage and analysis of concepts such as cultural participation, decentralization, local cultural planning and development and participatory governance in culture, the book included the creation of seven case studies comprising seven different models of participatory governance of socio-cultural centers that are being developed in different parts of Croatia: Lazareti Socio-Cultural Centre in Dubrovnik, Community Centre Čakovec in Čakovec, Socio-Cultural Centre in Karlovac, Molekula in Rijeka, Rojc Community Centre in Pula, Youth Home in Split and Pogon — Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth in Zagreb. The book also proposes recommendations and analytical framework for changes in the cultural policy.
The collection of papers has a multiple purpose. Following the role of the so-called matchmaker that the Foundation took and built upon through the implementation of the project on participatory governance, the collection of papers should serve the stakeholders involved in participatory governance praxis in culture as a way to improve their capacities and build mutual trust for future participatory governance. It can additionally be used as a foundation for all those who recognize the values of sustainable and good governance in participatory governance of cultural resources and decide to start their own initiatives. For Kultura Nova and all other creators of public policy and decision makers, the collection of papers will serve as a way of further improving the institutional and legislative framework for the development of participatory governance in culture as the foundation for improving democratic cultural policy and cultural system in the Republic of Croatia. Following all of the above stated, the publication contributes to the discussions that have already been started with the goal of making a concrete and balanced contribution to necessary changes in Croatian cultural policy, especially in the register of decentralization (authority) and participatory approach to cultural governance and development.
The editor and text author is Dea Vidović, PhD, and other texts’ authors are Ana Žuvela, Davor Mišković, Mirko Petrić and Leda Sutlović. The publication was designed by Dario Dević.
The publication is disposed under the Creative Commons license Attribution – Share Alike 3.0 Croatia.