Social participation processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies linked to cultural heritage are gaining increasing momentum in Europe. However, the conditions of participation, the mechanisms of integration of stakeholders to the political process, the methods of socialization of knowledge (expert and non-expert), and the impact of open governance are aspects that need greater understanding and study.
Cultural innovation and communication in Cultural Heritage have a long history of meetings and disagreements. However, the power of digital technologies (things on the Internet and the Internet of things) opens a new field in cultural innovation and in forms of social participation for the promotion of Cultural Heritage. The emergence of new technologies is redesigning the means of Cultural Sponsorship and it is important to explore the new avenues of this relationship.
2018 has been designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission. Within the framework of this initiative, the Conference proposes an agenda for the development of Cultural Heritage from a social, participatory and innovative perspective, capable of integrating new challenges that arise from governance, social innovation and cultural innovation.