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Reskilling and Upskilling for Circular Creativity: Empowering Self-employed and Unemployed Creatives towards the EU Green Deal in Greece


As the EU Green Deal sets ambitious sustainability targets, including the transition to a circular economy, it is crucial to support and empower self-employed and unemployed creatives in Greece to embrace circularity in their professions. Reskilling and upskilling initiatives play a vital role in enabling these individuals to navigate the changing landscape and seize opportunities within the circular economy. This text highlights the importance of reskilling and upskilling for creatives in Greece, with a focus on aligning with the EU Green Deal's objectives.

Understanding Circular Creativity: Circular creativity involves integrating circular principles into the creative process, product design, and business models. It encompasses practices such as waste reduction, material innovation, product lifecycle extension, and sustainable consumption. By embracing circularity, creatives can contribute to resource efficiency, waste reduction, and a more sustainable future.

       Reskilling and Upskilling for Circular Creativity

  1. Circular Design and Innovation: Reskilling and upskilling programs should emphasize circular design principles and methodologies. This includes understanding material flows, eco-design techniques, and strategies for product lifecycle extension. Creatives need to develop skills in redesigning products for durability, reparability, and recyclability, as well as incorporating renewable and recycled materials into their creations.
  2. Sustainable Material Sourcing: Creatives should be equipped with knowledge and skills to source sustainable materials. Reskilling initiatives can provide guidance on identifying eco-friendly suppliers, understanding the environmental impact of materials, and exploring alternatives such as upcycled or recycled materials. Emphasizing sustainable material sourcing enables creatives to align their practices with circularity goals.
  3. Business Models and Circular Entrepreneurship: Upskilling programs should address circular business models and circular entrepreneurship. Creatives need to understand new approaches such as product-as-a-service, sharing platforms, and closed-loop systems. They should acquire skills in business planning, financial management, and marketing strategies specific to circular enterprises. Upskilling in circular entrepreneurship empowers creatives to develop sustainable business models that align with the EU Green Deal.
  4. Collaboration and Networks: Reskilling initiatives should foster collaboration and networking opportunities among creatives, experts, and stakeholders. Collaborative projects, workshops, and mentorship programs enable knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices, and co-creation of circular solutions. Building networks provides creatives with support and access to expertise critical for implementing circularity in their profession.

        The Role of the EU Green Deal in Greece

  1. Policy Alignment and Funding: The EU Green Deal provides a policy framework that encourages circularity and sustainability. Reskilling and upskilling initiatives should align with the EU Green Deal's objectives, leveraging available funding programs and grants to support circular creativity. Collaboration between the Greek government, educational institutions, and industry associations can ensure policy coherence and facilitate access to resources.
  2. Awareness and Education: The EU Green Deal emphasizes the importance of raising awareness and promoting education for sustainable development. It is essential to include circularity and sustainability in educational curricula, vocational training programs, and lifelong learning initiatives. By integrating circular principles into education, Greece can nurture a future workforce equipped with the skills needed for circular creativity.
  3. Sector-specific Support: The EU Green Deal recognizes the significance of sector-specific approaches in achieving circularity. Greece can provide targeted support for creative industries by offering tailored programs, incentives, and regulatory frameworks. This includes industry-specific guidelines, funding for circular projects, and initiatives that encourage collaboration and knowledge-sharing among creative professionals.


Reskilling and upskilling self-employed and unemployed creatives in Greece are essential for achieving circularity in their professions and aligning with the EU Green Deal's objectives. By providing training on circular design, sustainable material sourcing, circular entrepreneurship, and fostering collaboration, Greece can empower creatives to embrace circularity and contribute to a more sustainable future. The integration of circularity into policies, funding opportunities, and education systems will ensure a holistic approach to supporting circular creativity and driving Greece's transition to a circular economy.

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