CHANGE is a training programme for the development of specific skills that emerged from the need to address issues related to the sustainability of cultural and creative industries (CCIs).

This concept emerged in response to the growing awareness regarding the negative effects of human activities on the environment and CHANGE aims to promote the necessary transition towards decarbonization among cultural operators through a structured programme of sharing best practices, case studies, tools, and job-shadowing.

10 online lessons dedicated to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of CCI and 2 weeks of job shadowing in host cultural institutions to put into practice what was learnt during the training and develop a project


The context within which Change operates is a challenging one, highlighting how in the next seven years Italy needs to achieve the decarbonization goals required by the 2030 Agenda:  the level of decarbonization to be achived is comparable to what has been accomplished from 2005 to today.

Totale delle emissioni di gas serra per paese UE nel 2019
Today,considering the targets related to climate change, particularly the target set by the EU for climate neutrality by 2050 concerning emissions, the cultural sector must transform itself along with other activities. In fact, it can be one of the levers used to accelerate this systemic transformation. In this context, decarbonizing culture, making emissions from cultural goods and activities neutral, means allowing the sector to have a greater role in our lives, in a society that will see activities related to fossil fuel sources disappear. The content conveyed by cultural activities strongly contributes to shaping our imagination, transforming the reality we live in, both at the individual and community level, and within the economic sphere. Cultural goods and activities convey content and meanings of particular importance when the need for a paradigm shift becomes pressing.

CHANGE acts as an enabler of skills such as:

  • the identification of sustainability issues in the environmental, social and economic fields
  • knowledge in the use of decarbonisation practices and tools
  • the basis for defining the context and sector benchmarks

The training programme also aims to develop environmental and social awareness to understand the correct application and impact in cultural productions. Also crucial is the creation of soft skills for networking in the field of sustainability.

The training, delivered in collaboration with Legambiente Piemonte and Valle D’Aosta, experts in scientific environmentalism and ecological transition, and a number of national and international experts, includes:

  • 10 online lessons dedicated to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of CCIs;
  • 1 workshop dedicated to Project Cycle Management (PCM) as a key tool for more sustainable design;
  • 2 weeks of job shadowing in host cultural institutions to put into practice what was learnt during the training and develop a project;
  • 1 day of restitution and exchange of the projects developed among the course participants

Target Audience

The target groups of the training programme are cultural workers and professionals in emerging professional positions such as sustainability managers, cultural project managers, community managers, who work or intend to work in museums, galleries, theatres, cultural festivals, arts organisations, creative enterprises and other public, private and non-profit cultural institutions.

Participation fee and scholarships

The participation fee for the programme is EUR 1,500, excluding the costs of participation in the two-week job shadowing (optional) and in-presence days. For those who only intend to follow the online training the fee is €500. 

Thanks to the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, up to 15 scholarships will be available for students, professionals or organisations operating in Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta to cover participation in the programme and up to 1,000 for the two weeks of job shadowing (possible travel, accommodation and meals). Among the selection criteria for the grants, priority will be given to the participation of under 30s.


The training programme is financed by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo within the framework of the “Guidelines for training and introduction to the cultural profession”.