Taking the Creative Economy Seriously

19 AUGUST 2013

Leading British innovation foundation Nesta, in cooperation with LABKULTUR, have published a series of blogposts on the Creative Industries. The blogposts are written by various guest authors and deal with topics such as the need to see the creative industries as a serious economic force.

Labkultur LogoNesta and CCI: So, what’s a creative occupation?
Peter Higgs on the difficult task of defining the members of an emerging industry

Peter Higgs is one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study A Dynamic Mapping of the UK’s Creative Industries. He is Senior Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation, Queensland University of Technology in Australia. In this blog he puts the mere question: “So, what’s a creative occupation?”

Read the full blogpost here on LABKULTUR.

Nesta and CCI: The Idea of Creative Intensity
Alan Freeman has the right tool to define the complex economic model of the creative industries

Alan Freeman is one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study A Dynamic Mapping of the UK’s Creative Industries. He is a former cultural economist with the Mayor of London, a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and a research fellow of Queensland University of Technology, living in Winnipeg, Canada. He was the leader author of ‘London: a Cultural Audit‘ and the GLA’s ‘Creativity: London’s Core Business‘. With Hasan Bakhshi, Radhika Desai, Graham Hitchen, and Jason Potts, he has co-authored three provocations on the contribution of the arts to research, development, and innovation. He writes and speaks regularly on the creative and cultural industries, most recently in a lecture series on the theory of creativity at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Read the full blogpost here on LABKULTUR.

Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously
Hasan Bakhshi on how to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force

Hasan Bakhshi is one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study A Dynamic Mapping of the UK’s Creative Industries. He is Director, Creative Economy in Nesta’s Policy & Research Unit and Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence and Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology. The all new Nesta publication A Manifesto for the Creative Economy proposes ten system recommendations for a fresh policy that establishes the creative industries as a serious economic force throughout Europe and beyond.

Read the full blogpost here on LABKULTUR.

Nesta: Is there a creative class?
Geoff Mulgan on the newly developed tools for cities to build up a serious creative economy

Geoff Mulgan is a colleague of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study A Dynamic Mapping of the UK’s Creative Industries. He is Chief Executive of Nesta. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. His recent books include The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008) , Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006). His latest book The Locust and the Bee was published by Princeton University Press in March 2013.

Read the full blogpost here on LABKULTUR.

(source: LABKULTUR and Nesta)