The network was established 13.7.2019 at Kaustinen Intangible Cultural Heritage Seminar 2019 : «The provisional aim of the network is to share good practices on community involvement in a wider scope. The informal network envisages regular meetings open for all stakeholders and domains working in the spirit of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The network met in Hanaholmen in October 2019 at the Living Heritage in the Nordic countries-seminar , where a committee was formed:
Matti Hakamäki (chairperson), Meg Nömgård, Mara Rozentale, Dafvid Hermansson, Mare Mätas, Marit Stranden, and Dag Feldborg, later replaced by Einar Stamnes (responsible for the webpage www.safeguardingpractices.com).
It was agreed upon the following tasks for the committee:
- Prepare the frames and a program for the seminar after an open invitation for ideas and adjusted to the support granted.
- Prepare a text for the organizing of the network, e.g. as a code of conduct and a suggestion for exchange of committee members and hosts of the seminar.
Due to the pandemic, the first seminar planned in Sweden at the Storytelling festival June 2020 was postponed to 2021. Finally, during the Storytelling Festival at Ljungby in June 2022, bylaws for the network was approved and a new committee was elected.
Committee for 2022-2023
The network committee as for 2022-2023 , consists of:
Matti Hakamäki (chairperson), Tine Winther, Dafvid Hermansson, Mare Mätas, Helen Külvik, Eivind Falk, Dace Martinova, Aivar Ruukel and Johanne Björkholm.
The aim of the network is to share good practices on community involvement in a wider scope. The
network is open for all stakeholders and domains working in the spirit of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: researchers, representatives of the State Parties of the 2003 Convention, practitioners, community workers etc.
The network is established especially for the collaboration of NGOs accredited to the 2003 Convention,
NGOs and communities working with safeguarding ICH and with elements listed on the 2003 Convention and/or on the national inventories in the Nordic and Baltic region.
As members of the network are considered all who have joined the google-group and/or the Facebook page of the Network. The network has an open meeting for the network members once a year. The committee of the network is formed in the yearly open meeting using consensus in the decision making. All members of the network are electable to the committee. When choosing committee members, equal and balanced representation of different regions, countries, indigenous peoples and minorities should be emphasised. The committee has 6-12 members, and it will elect a chairperson and a secretary in its first committee meeting. The committee working period is the period between the yearly open meetings.
The committee will work on community level to advance the aims of the network and to plan future
activities. The committee should take decisions using consensus, but it can also vote. The chairperson’s vote will be counted as two votes in the case of even votes. The committee can ask additional persons to join the meetings (for example website-editor or/and a project leader). To guarantee a turnover of the committee, a member may attend the committee for maximum 3 years in row. An electoral board can be created to prepare the turnover of the committee members.
The webpage of the network is under www.safeguardingpractices.com, which is kindly provided by the
Norwegian Crafts Institute and will contain static information of the network, the list of committee
members and where and how to join the network.
These bylaws should be assessed and can be modified in the yearly meeting of the Network.
The minutes of the committee meetings will be open to all at google-drive.
To be member of the network join:
The Google group
Or the Facebook group