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1.0 Eco-Mateus

"Eco-Mateus" is a programme based on the trinomial culture-creativity-innovation and the idea of transitioning from an ego-system logic to an economic, social and cultural eco-system logic (Otto Scharmer and Kathrin Kaufer, 2013). A logic capable of helping to respond to the fundamental challenges arising from the gradual and irreversible transformation of what was a condition of progress into a risk for mankind.

The civilisational transformation that this transition entails is of a similar order of magnitude to the technological and cultural transformations that underlie it and justifies everyone's commitment to making the ongoing process as inclusive as possible. "Eco Mateus" is an initiative geared towards the specific characteristics of the Douro and Trás-os-Montes regions, seeking to bring to the debate examples from all over the planet, ideas and methodologies that contribute to increasing awareness of the present time, in other words the ability of agents, entrepreneurs and organisations based there to anticipate and respond to the immediate problems and unknowns that the future brings.

Each year "Eco Mateus" features a conference by an international speaker, followed by a working workshop during the summer; a mini innovation school, the aim of which is to equip participants with increased skills in perceiving and resolving obstacles to the realisation of problems or projects.

"Eco Mateus" can include initiatives throughout the year that contribute to the reflections that underlie it and can also cross over with other programmes developed by the partner organisations. It is an initiative of UTAD and FCM and is carried out in partnership with international innovation experts.

1.2. Mini Innovation School
Mini Innovation School

The Innovation Mini-School is an initiative of the Casa de Mateus Foundation and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. Coordinated by Alfons Cornella, a specialist in innovation and forward thinking and founder of the Institute of Next in Barcelona, the first edition took place in 2018.

As part of the ECO Mateus programme, it seeks to encourage a transdisciplinary approach to reading and understanding the plurality of opportunities and weaknesses faced by the region, to exercise reasoning on the formation of value from its endogenous resources, to familiarise the region's agents with the concepts associated with innovation management and to provide instruments and train agents for the transition between research, product development and business strategies.

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