Erasmus+ KA1 Training Programme

Courses 2019/2020

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices


Whose Culture Is It? Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity


The Centre for Creative Practices


19 – 25 Nov 2018
17 – 23 June 2019
18 – 23 Nov 2019
22 – 26 June 2020


‘Brockagh Resource Centre, Co Wicklow, Ireland
‘Brockagh Resource Centre, Co Wicklow, Ireland
‘Brockagh Resource Centre, Co Wicklow, Ireland
‘Brockagh Resource Centre, Co Wicklow, Ireland


  • Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Certificate of Obtained Competences
  • Certificate of Completion


“Whose Culture Is It”? Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity. A Practical 5 day workshop

This practical 5-day workshop on cultural diversity is part of our Train-The-Trainer series where we provide facilitators with the tools to lead groups from the cultural and creative sectors; social enterprises; community leaders; migrant led organisations; NGO’s, Not-for-Profit organisations and local government.  

In this workshop we will look at how diversity has changed in a European context.  We will look at how the influx of different cultures has affected the host, as well as the migrant population and see how we can build a roadmap towards integration.

Europe’s history and cultural development has always been shaped by migration. Today, migration is a structural, long-term and global issue, not a short-term humanitarian emergency. As such Ireland represents a unique microcosm in which to look at diversity as it has been historically a nation of emigration but recently, with the enlargement of the European Union, this role has been greatly reversed and today the Irish population is made up of approximately 12% non-native people.  Ireland also is home to a large number of disadvantaged societies including the travelling community and those persecuted for their religious beliefs, gender and national identity.

The workshop will explore, in detail, one of four topics within the overall topic of diversity with the outcome to produce a roadmap towards integration and build skills which will allow facilitators to engage their students to develop integration policies and projects.  The workshop uses techniques from ideation; validation; testing; implementation; project management; knowledge management; market research and evaluation.  

Participants will be asked to engage with their peers on the course as well as to immerse themselves into the local community.  As ‘outsiders’ participants can highlight and pick up on local topics, local tolerances and intolerances, they can notice difference and also uniquely they can see the community as an outsider would see their new host community giving them the perfect opportunity to comment on what they feel is necessary to highlight the issues and to bring that community together.


By looking at a number of issues that are raised through the chosen topic will we endeavour to produce a road map for communities who have a high level of cultural diversity on how best to build an inclusive societal group.

Day 1:  

What is Diversity? – Understanding the topic.
Roles and Responsibilities – Building the team

Day 2:
Developing the idea – ideation.  
Building the timeline – Project management

Day 3:
Knowledge Gathering – storing, retrieval and sharing of information.  
Working in the community – Resource management and market research

Day 4:

Project Time – working on the various aspects of the project

Day 5:

Finishing the project – closing up.  

Roadmap Presentation – evening presentation to the group


  • Identify opportunities for innovation across a range of discipline areas and discuss with a multi-disciplinary group how these opportunities can be realised 
  • Explain the process involved in bringing a project through to application 
  • Assess the social and monetary value associated with diversity and inclusion


Participants will learn how and be able to provide skills to others on:

    • researching a project brief,
    • working in collaborations
    • building teams & team dynamics
    • document their research
    • producing a tangible deliverable
    • work with diverse communities
    • build tolerant and inclusive societies


Creatives, artists, people involved in the cultural and creative sector; Social Enterprises; community leaders; migrant led organisations; NGO’s, Not-for-Profit organisations and local government.


Ian Oliver – Senior manager and entrepreneur and social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Creative and Technology Sectors; working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Ireland. Keynote speaker at European conferences including University-Business Forum.

Currently Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise culture and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.

Monika Sapielak – Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Mentor, Educator and Cultural Leader. Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland that include University Business Forum in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Co-founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices focused on integrating, promoting and mentoring migrant, experimental and emerging artists. Curator of its yearly flagship event called New Voices of Ireland Series. Co-Founder of the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy that provides tailored entrepreneurial training and coaching to freelancers and SMEs from the Creative and Cultural Sectors.  Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches European Creative Opportunities with Talent.

Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.