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Social Clustering: Paradigm of Trust


Giedrė Kvieskienė, Vytautas Kvieska and Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

The monograph Social Clustering: Paradigm of Trust combines smart education strategies, social clustering and innovative educational practices. Networking and intersectoral empowerment help leaders operate the multifunctional, multicriterion, multisector approach and develop trust-based family, community, and regional and national prosperity. Aspiration for common objective; consensus on the most important priorities of the public interest; successful social partnership between the public, private, civic (NGO) sector; and scientific organizations and stakeholders help us create a modern and sustainable society. Trust-based social economy, smart education and social partnership research, and services models have been developed by university researchers together with social partners.

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1.1 Community-Based Social Industries for Creative Economy


Lithuania has smart human resources, which should be used to foster competitiveness. Lithuania’s economy has grown faster than most other OECD economies over the past 10 years, unemployment continues to fall and public finances have become stable after a long period of deficits and a rising debt.1 Lithuania’s gross domestic product is €34.95 billion a year. That makes it the largest economy of the three Baltic states but just one-tenth of the size of Poland’s economy. Small it may be, but it has been growing fast: Lithuania’s economy has almost doubled in size since 2000.2

Smart specialization has become a key element of the Lithuania Strategy 2030,3 which lays down guidelines for the next decade in the development of regional innovation systems, consolidates a “smart-growth principles,” “green growth,” “inclusion increase” and cohesion policy. Smart specialization is a strategic approach to priorities in education and culture, sustainable social services based on tradition and religion as a key for sustainable growth and development in the society.

In this monograph, you will find information about Lithuanian social capital for smart and sustainable socioeducation networking for sustainable society. Social industries, organizations and companies, such as the ones working in universal design, social clustering, social advertising, secondary use of things, software or the gamification are normally seen as particularly innovative (Lazzeretti, L., 2012, Kvieskienė, G., Kvieska V., 2012). Cities and communities are important for social partnerships and social capital: social and creative ←31 | 32→industries tend to be urban industries,...

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