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Entrepreneurial principles of the Cultural and Creative Industries

A book entitled “Pioneering Minds Worldwide: On the Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative Industries” and edited by Giep Hagoort, Aukje Thomassen and Rene Kooyman, works around the ‘Actual Insights into Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Research’.

hagoort-googlebooksThe key elements are Concepts & Perspectives, Urban Development, Innovation, and Education.
To access a preview of the book on Google books, click here.


@Diversity project

@Diversity Project


The Pilot Project “@ Diversity – Innovative Ideas for the cultural and creative sector in Europe” is an initiative funded by the European Union. Its implementation is entrusted to the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission which, following an open call for tender, awarded the contract to a Consortium composed of Peacefulfish, Kennisland and MFG.

While the digital shift is having a massive impact on how cultural goods are created, managed, disseminated, accessed, consumed and monetized, @Diversity responds to the new needs of Europe emerging from the changes in the life-cycle of a cultural product or creative idea from its creation/inception to the experience it offers to the audience and the gradual correlation of expressive forms with new media.

The overall objective to which @Diversity will contribute is to test innovative approaches to deal with cultural content for innovation and digital sharing and distribution and – in doing so – to contribute to the exploration of new business models respecting cultural diversity.

The specific objective of @ Diversity is expressed by the promotion of 10-15 ideas and the development of replicable business models.

The innovative approach to culture will result in fostering a new way of business development in the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.
Culture in Europe will exceed its traditional boundaries and be progressively perceived as a dynamic process of giving shape to, preserving, sharing, experiencing and interacting with the products of human creativity. The richness of Europe’s cultural heritage and its abundant creative resources will thus become the privileged matrix of innovative ideas put into practice.

For more info, click here.

Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction

SSIR logo website

SSIR logo website (Photo credit: photologue_np)

While looking for info on the difference between Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, I found this very interesting article by Courtney E. Martin & Lisa Witter from the Standford Social Innovation Review.

The authors state that through paradigms that:

[…] “Identifying and understanding the distinction between cultural entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship is important for a number of reasons. First, cultural change usually runs deeper and can be longer lasting; more foundations and donors should invest in this theory of change, not to the exclusion of more market- or product-based approaches but in conjunction with them. Second, bona fide paradigm shifts in culture often take time; shifting behavior doesn’t happen overnight, but occurs through the accumulation of exposure to new ideas from many sources. This requires funders and supporters to be open to new definitions of measuring impact and to new expectations about mid- and long-term results—the cultural version of Acumen Fund’s idea of “patient capital.” Third, more people should look to make social change through community-driven or crowd-sourced engagement.”

To read the whole article click here.

Some more insight into the debate here from Fenton’s* blog.

* “fenton is a social change communications agency that uses the power of stories, media and technology to make the world a better place.”

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