The core strategies of the project have four challenges closely related to one another. These challenges can be specified in a series of objectives that all DSS2016EU activities must concentrate on achieving.

Explore new ways to coexist and relate

• Work, from education and culture, on an all-inclusive spectrum of issues around coexistence, in collaborative mode, to create critical reflection, a constructive point of view and a collective way of doing things.
• Promote and highlight diversity as a source of wealth: diversity of agents, sensitivities, formats, disciplines and project types, locations, languages, audiences, etc.
• Foster the coming together and collaboration between different kinds of people (hybridisation of knowledge and sensitivities, inter-disciplinarity, inter-generationality) as a formula for enabling mutual knowledge, respect and trust, and as a source of new energy and new connections of unlikely results.
• Apply creativity and innovation to doing things differently, in new places, with new methods, constructively questioning and transgressing superfluous borders.
• Promote the open code culture, public domain, the result of learning and shared knowledge.


Openness towards the exterior and contribution to the construction of Europe

• Foster alliances, collaborations and exchanges and networking between cultural agents and artists at European level in order to share knowledge, generate synergies, benefit from flows and optimise resources.
• Foster awareness and the desire to belong to Europe among citizens, based on knowledge and the celebration of the things that unite us.
• Facilitate the hosting in DSS2016EU of international audiences in regard to virtual, linguistic, physical areas, extending the ECoC region in concentric circles that cross borders and include all of Europe.
• Spread proposals, values and things learned to other European regions and realities and receive and learn, in turn, from those of others.

Activate (inspiring, qualifying, empowering) people to assume, lead and develop transformations

• Share knowledge; make the process visible and accessible to citizens at all times.
• Enable people to ensure that they have the necessary tools to participate/collaborate/transform: training, co-management and co-financing spaces, self-organisation experiences, insertion in networks, etc.
• Celebrate and lend visibility to the energy that people channel into organising and achieve objectives linked to a collective challenge.
• Create an opportunity to rethink the public and community aspects from the responsibility of people, particularly in the cultural sphere

Long-term result of the process: sustainable transformation + transferable learning

• Commitment to the project and its philosophy by institutions and agents that will remain in place after 2016 and that guarantee consolidation and growth of aspects learned as regards collaboration, diversity, participatory governance, new technologies and open culture.
• Foster research and differential qualification in the spheres of culture and creative economy, support the local creative fabric, strengthen its international connections, pay attention to emerging sectors and social innovation.
• Collect, document, assess and research the methodologies, processes, activities and their effect over time in order to 'modelise' and transfer experience
• Take particular care in the project to involve children and young people, educators, models of behaviour and other motivating audiences.

Management efficiency and quality

• Make the project management operational and efficient, taking support from the strengths of the work team
• Retain and maximise the human capital generated within the team
• Guarantee the economic viability and sustainability of the project