advisory board

Status update: review and outlook

The last months were pretty turbulent for us and we are still working on documenting the different events for you to read about them here on our blog: After the barcamp in early September, we immediately began working on our booksprint, travelled to Copenhagen for CKO‘s and InVio‘s international day of innovation concentrating on cross innovation and contributed with a presentation on C2C’s first findings in this field. We also held the second meeting of our advisory board in Potsdam to discuss the relevance of our research findings and the findings from the barcamp and hosted a workshop for discussing the possibilities of developing a new format for cross innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer between local companies and universities in Brandenburg.

Next Monday, we will be in Vigevano, Italy, for our third expert round table meeting. This time, the topic is: “Cross Innovation – which potentials lie at the intersection between arts, creativity and business?”. We have invited experts on the field from all involved regions and countries and will discuss the first results from Prof. Giovanni Schiuma’s study on the topic and try to identify further challenges, potentials and possible trends.

Right after this meeting, we will travel further South to Bologna, to meet with our booksprint authors Emma Estborn (Media Evolution, Sweden), Giorgia Boldrini (Business Department, Commune di Bologna, Italy), Steinar Valade-Amland (ThreePointZero, Denmark) and Carsten Busch (Institute for brand communication, Germany) for a whole day of working on finalizing the chapters of the booksprint. The Booksprint is one of the core elements of our project: it is a collaborative way of writing a book. Usually, authors are invited to contribute a chapter from their respective field of specialization to a publication until a certain deadline. With the Booksprint format, we made this process a collaborative one: the authors were not only asked to contribute with their expertise but to also engage in a weekly exchange about their chapters, identify similarities, comment on the chapters of the other authors and thus developing their texts further through this collaborative method.

The chapters of the final publication as the result of the Booksprint will focus on various dimensions of creative industries (support): Emma Estborn focuses on the importance and impact of collaboration. Steinar Valade-Amland analyses design history and puts design in an value chain perspective. Georgia Boldrini from Bologna in Italy describes her experiences how the introduction of business support instruments for cultural and creative entrepreneurs has shaped both the image of the artists as well as the relationship between cultural funding and business support. Gamification and digitization is the topic of Carsten Busch focussing on the broad application fields of games in companies and education. Carsten Becker puts creative industries in the perspective of innovation and describes their role as innovator and innovation driver. Finally, out board chairman Dirk Kiefer reconsiders the right mix of business support instruments for the creative industries.

Finally, on the 7th of November, we will be in Cottbus to contribute to the final conference of the EU project “Urban Creative Poles” with our insights on creative industries support in small and middle-sized cities with examples from Italy and Sweden.

First advisory board meeting

Yesterday afternoon we had our first advisory board meeting, to which we invited CCI experts from Brandenburg and other German regions, such as Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia: Nina Dreier (Kulturbehörde Hamburg), Dr. Stefan Neubacher (Kulturamt Eberswalde), Katja Dietrich-Kröck (ZAB), Dr. Manfred Wäsche (IHK Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Dana Mietzner (TH Wildau), Prof. Dr. Carsten Busch (HTW Berlin), Dr. Nancy Richter (Bauhaus Uni Weimar) and Beate Ecke (Ecke Design, Potsdam). Also with us have been the advisory board’s chairman Dirk Kiefer (Thuringian Agency for the Creative Industries) and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Müller, the project’s academic co-director.

In a very brief and intense session of only two hours, we discussed our two hypotheses:

1. Support strategies should first and foremost asses the candidate’s personality and not only the quality of the business idea or business plan.

2. Freelancers need active support strategies (as opposed to passive ones, e.g. an institution with fixed opening hours offers a support program to creative entrepreneurs seeking help, instead of going out “into the field” to meet the creatives where they actually are)

The questions that arose triggered the methodology behind the assessment of a person’s personal quality, asked how to set the frame for a governance of self-governance (as opposed to rationalist management), why so many creative entrepreneurs seem so reluctant to grow and maximize their businesses (because of the fear of being turned into managers?), how to coordinate the active “fishing” for interesting projects especially in rural areas, how to promote the creative industries as a career path for graduates of management and economics and how the existing coaching offer can be improved in order to meet the creative entrepreneurs’ needs.

We will definitely continue monitoring these questions and meet our experts in follow-up meetings in order to find answers to as many of these questions as possible.

Thanks again to all our experts for being there and contributing to this fruitful discussion! We look forward to welcoming you again in June!