Pascal International Observatory is a global alliance of researchers, policy analysts, decision makers and locally engaged practitioners from government, higher education, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector.
PASCAL has its origins in a major conference organised by the OECD in Melbourne in 2002 on the importance of learning cities and regions for regional development. PASCAL's focus is on the development and renewal of place. It gives special emphasis to the role of social capital and lifelong learning in these processes, considering how sustainable economic, social and cultural development can be achieved to the benefit of the communities concerned.
But PASCAL is also focussed on the sharing of ideas and knowledge for practical application by cities and regions, recognising that it is at this level that often the greatest impact of policy action can be achieved and efforts made to secure regional competitive advantage. The overarching PASCAL themes are therefore also being developed in ways which address particular policy fields and processes to achieve sustainable change across economic, social and cultural domains.
PASCAL works in collaboration with city and regional and leaders to design and implement development strategies that balance economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability and place learning at the centre of urban and regional policy.
The clue to the focus PASCAL brings to this work is in its name.
PASCAL = PLACE + SOCIAL CAPITAL + LEARNING
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