For the RegionArts project in Porto, the CRU was involved as a stakeholder and guided a workshop on the importance of empathy in a process of co-creation with the target audiences.
The main objective of this project is to strengthen the growth of SMEs by integrating artists into ICT projects, since most of the available policies are designed for an information and knowledge age (even for an industrial age) that is no longer predominant. The offer of support is still fragmented. Public support programs are very rigid and lack opportunities for collaboration and dissemination. There is also a need for a common language: existing initiatives often start from the creative sector and reach ICT, or vice versa, meaning that both parties are not involved as equal partners.