The creative economy is failing to live up to the fast-growing, young entrepreneurial image it promotes.
The notion of the creative sector driving fulfilling work as cities shed old industries has worn thin. But those creatives might be delivering value of a different kind, offering a more human future.
Edinburgh is one of the European cities that make the most of their creative and cultural assets.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
How truly innovative are companies like Uber and Airbnb, super-monopolies that capture entire markets by locking vendors and customers into their platforms?
The digital pin-ups' business models actually inhibit serendipity and, indeed, innovation by absorbing entire markets into the sealed-off space of their platforms.
When the smart city looks inhuman: a robot police officer from Dubai greets guests at last November’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The corporate world has taken the lead in promoting various creative/smart city visions, which struggle to be inclusive, let alone entrust citizens with control over their lives.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help.
Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
The defining characteristics of our species will make us and our labour relevant in a new era.
At Tolhuistuin, the government provides the land, old building stock and a maintenance budget for a fixed period while the creatives develop the precinct themselves.
When municipal or state governments join forces with smaller creative communities to shape urban regeneration the results can be far-reaching.
City policymakers are realising creative workers don’t have to be permanently clustered together if they can collaborate as needed.
Cities seeking to attract creative industries have relied heavily on the cluster concept. New research suggests a technology-driven transformation of how the sector works calls for a new approach.
Recommendations on intellectual property are likely to be filed away.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's intellectual property system is good. Shame it is likely to be still-born.
Is art being sidelined?
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Art has been sidelined and is in danger of only becoming a subject for the privileged.
Are the terrible working conditions in the creative industries inevitable?
People who work in the arts often accept terrible working conditions and low (or non-existent) pay as the price of admission – and that has a real impact on mental health.
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development.
South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
The ride-hailing app Go-jek is part of Indonesia’s growing creative economy.
Creative industries have the potential to provide much needed jobs in Indonesia. But, without a law on creative economy, industries are being subjected to rigid sectoral regulations.
With unaffordable housing and a scarcity of jobs, it's no wonder that young people are giving London a miss.
We all play synth.
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The creative industries are no replacement for the manufacturing sector.
If you’re in favor of copyright extensions – and aren’t a corporation holding the rights or a descendent of the original author – you probably need some sense knocked into you.
In 1998, if Congress hadn’t extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind would all be in the public domain…
Servers. Servants or masters?
When we think about income and wealth inequalities we are tempted to lay blame on the old way of doing things. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty picks out inherited money as a driver…
Today, economists and neuroscientists – not artists – are working out how to make corporations, such as Pixar, more creative.
Creativity - variously defined as innovation, critical thinking, and cognitive flexibility amongst others - is ubiquitous these days. From creative corporate conglomerates such as Google and Pixar to primary…
Why aren’t governments more committed to fostering creative inquiry all the way through to high school?
British scholar Bill Lucas recently asserted the need for a consistent, appropriate and measurable definition of creativity. In his words: if creativity is to be taken more seriously by educators and educational…
Got a problem with your script? This man, script consultant Robert McKee, can save it.
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If you’ve seen Brian Cox playing Robert McKee in the 2002 film Adaptation, you probably know what a script consultant does. Following in the footsteps of other internationally-renowned script consultants…