The European College of Cluny is a training facility for students, locally elected officials and territorial authorities from all over Europe. It is an action/research center in terms of territorial innovation at national and European levels.
The training is characterized by a cooperative approach. It is based on current major issues, such as the digital revolution, new technologies, climate change, exclusion, sustainable development for agriculture and infrastructure.
The « day after » will not be a return to the « days before »:
at the European College of Cluny, bring actions in line with words
“The belief that “the day after” will not be a return to “the days before” is spreading, at the same exponential rate as the coronavirus. Climate change, the explosion of inequalities, globalization, the vertiginous fall of biodiversity, the accumulation of weaknesses linked to technological sophistication, consumerism carefree: all symptoms of the impasse in which the world is engaged.
The urgent need for a change of benchmark, for thought and for public action concerns all levels: local, regional, national, European and global. This new thought, these capacities for profound change must find spaces for debate, exchange of experience, research and training.
This is the reason for the existence of the European College of Local Democracies and Territorial Innovation, a training establishment and action research center, unique in its kind, because it was born of an associative initiative, and intended for territorial actors of all of Europe: locally elected, professionals in territorial public action, responsible for the social and solidarity economy, young graduates from all academic fields, wishing to devote themselves to new ways of managing the commons, members of associations (employees or members), citizens wishing to train.
Three keywords: “innovation”, “territories”, and “Europe”.
At the heart of the former Cluny Abbey, the ambition of the European College of Cluny is to be the crucible for creative and open reflection, focusing on the methods necessary for the profound transformation of public action, so that “days after” really draw lessons from “days before”, also contributing to relaunching European construction on a citizen basis: those of local democracy.
Jean-Luc DELPEUCH, co-founder of the European College of Cluny