Call 2: Working sustainably internationally

SELECTED - Tackling creative desertification of the countryside in Europe

What aspect of sustainable international work concerns you?

The way we travel, the number of planes professionals take each year and the fact we travel from a city to another without experiencing what's between


The main issue here is that professionals from the cultural sector (and beyond) use to take a plane to go to a professional event over the week or the weekend, come back home for a few days/weeks and travel again. They go from their home (mostly often a big city) to another city. One idea would be to achieve to map the continent with dedicated short-term co-working space at each main train junction over Europe. People travel by plane because "they don't have time to take a train". But most of the time, by taking a train, they can : enjoy an internet connection and continue to work, they don't have to be at the station 2 hours in advance before the departure, they don't arrive at 30km from the center of the city they want to reach. Just imagine someone from Brussels, travelling to Thessaloniki and stopping to live and work for a few days in Graz and share an office with people travelling from Milan to Warsaw. This sustainable way of travel could foster many meetings, professional matching and collaborations.

How can your idea or proposal have an impact on international practice within or with Flanders and Brussels and beyond?

By avoiding planes, international meetings could happen more often in Antwerp, Gent, Brugge or Namur or Liège instead of being hold most of the time in Brussels. Mapping and indexing creative spaces and gathering it under one project or one website - just as Airbnb but in a fair and creative way, could create a better understanding of our territories, our nature and foster local economy while lowering the impact of plane travel.

Do you have the time to commit to online meetings with an international working group on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) starting in May 2021, for a period of max. 1 Year?



It will depend on the evolution of the pandemic and its impact on my main professional activity but definitely on evenings and weekends but if I can, weekdays would be better.

Do you have access to a stable internet connection for online meetings?


What time zone are you in?

CET-Central European Time-UTC +1

Which languages do you speak and understand?

French, English

Contact details

Loïc Marszalek