The European Economic and Social Committee’s headquarters building is a busy place. There are always meetings – of study groups, of sections – and conferences going on, and many of them are very interesting. As Secretary General, I realise I cannot be everywhere, but sometimes I have great pangs of regret about not being able to attend or participate in particular events. That happened today with regard to a very special event on art and climate change co-organised by the Committee’s Sustainable Development Observatory and EUNIC (the EU National Institutes for Culture) and the European Commission (the Directorates-General for the Environment and for Research), together with Tipping Point and the British Council. No less than 130 artists, scientists and policy-makers came together for two days and just a month after Copenhagen to debate this topic using a variation of the ‘open space’ method in which our Committee has become expert. If you want to get a flavour of the event, though, take a quick look at the blog of our Vice-President for Communication and Culture, Irini Pari, here.