Cartagena de Indias Node
The node coordinator of the Development and Culture Network is called the Cartagena de Indias Node and operates from the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar. Its guidelines are oriented toward building an open network comprised of different actors: experts, students, institutions, social experiences such as community cultural initiatives, and others that wish to integrate culture and cultural activities into their professional and daily activities.
Among its functions are the administration of established alliances, the coordination of resources (academic, technological and financial) and the definition and administration of competent strategic core groups.
The UNESCO Chair on Cultural and Cooperation Policies, within the framework of cooperation between the Universidad Tecnológica Bolívar and the University of Girona, collaborates with the network in consolidating an Ibero-American research area in culture and development beginning with the establishment of the Girona Node.
The Girona Node of the Development and Culture Network met from April 1 to 2, 2009 under the direction of Alfons Martinell, director of the Chair. In this first meeting, people related to projects and research in the fields of development and culture attended. Invited participants included Mariapia Pilolli, Jesús Martín Barbero, Germán Rey, Tomás Mallo, Anna Muñoz, Jordi Pardo, Javier Brun, Taína López, Gemma Carbó and Clara Martinell.
Orientation of the nodes
Agreeing that culture is larger than the dimension of the so-called fine arts, and that development necessarily implies increasing human capacity, the questions that shape the tasks of the nodes are, among others: 1)how to articulate the cultural dimension of development; 2) the means of making it more effective; 3)ways to maintain and increase one’s own cultural capital and local cultural capital in such a way as to achieve harmonious coexistence in the face of the influence of processes derived from globalization.