SCALE: Scaling Up Applied Creativity Labs for Europe, in order to address climate and environmental issues

Project Details
Project Name: SCALE: Scaling Up Applied Creativity Labs for Europe, in order to address climate and environmental issues
Programme: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
Priority: School Education
Project ID: 2020-1-UK01-KA201-078973
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Topics: Environment, Climate, School Education, Applied Creativity Labs
Project Consortium

Coordinating Partner:


  • The Square Dot team (Belgium)
  • Gestión Estratégica e Innovación SL (Spain)
  • We Are IVE Ltd (UK)
  • Institute Perspectives (Bulgaria)
  • Austrumlatvijas Tehnologiju vidusskola (Latvia)
Project Details

The key focus of this project is to address current local and regional environmental and climate change issues faced by communities across Europe, through an innovative methodology known as ‘Applied Creativity Labs’. Applied Creativity Labs are a unique teaching and learning methodology focusing on critical thinking and solution-focused learning, through which inspiration meets organisation; which were developed by IVE in the UK. The focus is on harnessing artistic imagination and vision to effectively implement innovative ideas. The Applied Creativity Labs (ACLs) are designed to give young people the creative behaviours and critical thinking skills that when applied to real world challenges help them develop innovative solutions to pan-European issues. As well as informing the participants about how they can take their ideas forward to develop them further, the ACLs also aim to inspire the participants to educate them about potentially pursuing future careers and jobs in the relevant fields through the interactive involvement of sector experts, known as Role Models. The process begins by presenting young people with an overview of what the ‘challenge’ is, for example, air pollution, sustainable farming practices, climate change, etc. Then bespoke creativity training is delivered, as well as giving he participants access to a resource-bank, including from role models from specific and relevant industries, business and universities. The participants explore, develop, refine and prepare to pitch their best original, applicable solutions to the challenge. The best ideas are considered for further development.

Intellectual Outputs

IO1: Framework of Creative Competences
IO2: Applied Creativity Labs Best Practices Implementation Guide
IO3: European Applied Creativity Labs Platform
IO4: Applied Creativity Labs Piloting and Impact Assessment Report and Policy Recommendations

Our Role

The Square Dot Team will lead in the following roles:

  • Deliver Impact Assessment and Policy Recommendation Report (IO4)
  • Host training and project seminar events in Belgium

A main impact envisaged for project is on the attitudes of students and teachers who believe they cannot or do not have an impact on the environment, or that they are too small to make a difference to national and European issues. Therefore, the project will look to re-position the views of both the students and teacher, by highlighting both the professional and personal benefits of the application of creative teaching and learning methodologies, linked to community level environmental issues and concerns. The impact of such realignment in opinion will generate an increased engagement by young people with environmental issues, which will see a long-term increase in the number of young people entering into environmentally focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the same time this increased engagement will also help to address issues around local environmental and climate change issues. Through their ability to think from an increasingly creative and critical perspective, students will be able to identify and address European environmental issues, by acting at local level, and will understand the bigger picture in terms of how their actions permeate up to contribute to national and European issues. As a result, the project will help to create a generation of better qualified young people, addressing many of the existing gaps in key competences across Europe.