Transforming crafts knowledge for a sustainable, inclusive and economically viable heritage in Europe

Tracks4Crafts examines and transforms the transmission of traditional crafts knowledge (TCK) to enhance the societal and economic valuation of crafts and align them with a future-oriented heritage approach in Europe.

As intangible cultural heritage (ICH), crafts and TCK can be seen as resources for competitiveness, innovation, and sustainable development and quality of life, contributing to SDG 4, 8 and 11.
Yet the tools, formats and instruments needed to foster the transmission and employment of TCK are lagging behind, which hampers the full development of its potential. Our objectives are to enhance and transform the transmission of TCK for a more effective economic as well as societal valuation of crafts.

This is achieved in 4 Tracks, in which we
 transform learning processes in physical spaces in which crafts people collaborate (in hi-tech environments, including fablabs and maker spaces etc.), (2) develop new digital technologies that enhance and transform transmission of TCK,
 produce tools and instruments which enable capturing and optimising the value of the produced TCK (business modelling, certification and property protection), and
 create networks to foster and disseminate the societal and economic value of TCK (e.g. through the CHARTER-alliance).

The output is based on experiments in 8 craft ecosystems in which we develop and test formats for learning and tools for certification and validation in which
 the economic and cultural barriers related to traditional TCK-transmission are addressed (i.a. the lengthy nature of learning, the fear of the craft getting lost…) and
 the full potential of technology is tapped (i.a. for turning embodied TCK in open-source knowledge).

To ensure that the solutions bridge the heritage perspective and the economic and societal needs and that our solutions are shared and transferable, our approach is deeply interdisciplinary and based on processes of multi-stakeholder co-creation (including action research).