project description

DeuS is an Erasmus+ Vocational Educational Training (VET) project, coordinated by the Matera – Basilicata 2019 Foundation, that aims to co-create a european-wide learning and training approach in critical thinking and entrepreneurship to find participatory, creative and cost-effective solutions to local challenges, by unlocking the potential of the cultural and creative sector.

The project brings together relevant players from the cultural and creative sector from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia and UK.

The DeuS project is shaped around the unique Open Design School, a pillar project of Matera 2019 (Italy), European Capital of Culture. It is a design laboratory using a peer-to-peer challenged based approach, where professionals of any discipline work together and share knowledge and expertise while designing, prototyping, delivering and testing design solutions.

The Open Design School methodology goes one step further than existing design thinking processes by applying real solutions to real problems, validated by real people: it transforms applied research in the real domain. In the process, DeuS works as a “think and do tank” where professionals with different backgrounds can upskill and re-skill while responding collaboratively to current societal and economic challenges. nces.


Develop a VET learning approach (inspired by European education frameworks and in accordance with ECVET) that is employability-driven and builds on non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer, learning by doing and challenge based pedagogies

Facilitate professional skills (entrepreneurial/digital/transversal) development for the cultural and creative sectors in a VET environment as a first choice for multi-discipline training, upskilling and reskilling

Develop a co-creation process involving local communities, cultural and creative professionals and policy makers and to generate scalable solutions to local challenges

Establish Living Labs to support local communities, professionals and VET learners to conduct research and develop innovative products and services

Build and launch a Knowledge Creative Platform dedicated to supporting the creative and cultural sectors

Develop a financial model that combines public and private funding and income-generating activities to promote sustainability and transferability of the solutions identified.


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