Intergenerational – Essential findings

Inter-generational learning can be considered as the reciprocal exchange of knowledge between people of all ages. The same goes for inter-generational bridging. All case studies presented here are proof of the project’s premise that increased social capital (increased empathy, social inclusion and mutual trust) is an essential learning outcome of co-creative cultural activities.

The proportion of people of working age in the EU-28 is shrinking while the relative number of those retired is expanding. The share of older persons in the total population will increase significantly in the coming decades. [1]

The idea of inter-generational bridging goes hand in hand with principles of EU actions for active aging and lifelong learning. Bridging social capital in this case stands for intergenerational solidarity developed through co-creative activities.

In 2016, on average and across the whole of EU-28, young people did not leave the parental home until the age of 27.1 years for men and 25.1 years for women. [2]   In the light of general postponement of financial and social independence by young people one of the case studies is focusing on child-parent co-creative involvement.

The variety of approaches to how to start with inter-generational co-creative activities are presented in the case studies. Projects included in the compendia reflect the relevance of bridging ties: building of local identity, strengthening of community, increase of empathy and mutual trust.