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The Logic of the Creative Process
It is probably true to say that we can never really know what creativity ‘is’. It is probably true that different people go through different creative processes, and that it happens in different ways each time we do it. Sometimes creativity will be an iterative process which we try over and over again until we [...] Read more – ‘The Logic of the Creative Process’.
The New Economy and Creative Business
Another contextual blog post – without having to get a degree in Economics, how do you understand changes to the broad contours of the economy? What are the implications of these shifts for the nature of work, creativity and business? How do you get ready to engage with the new, coming stuff as we continue [...] Read more – ‘The New Economy and Creative Business’.
Who is Creativity?
In previous posts we have asked ‘what is creativity?’ We have decided that maybe that is too big a question, and so asked questions about the ‘where’ of creativity – is creativity most obviously seen in movement to and from rather than in outcomes and ‘arrivals’ as such? This post continues that kind of stuff [...] Read more – ‘Who is Creativity?’.
Creativity, Happiness and a Sense of Purpose
Continuing the ‘what is creativity?’ theme, this post looks at the relationships between the experience of creativity we love, the types of happiness it might bring us, and the deeper sense of purpose which is maybe needed if all that is to really come to fruition. It touches upon the contribution creative businesses might make [...] Read more – ‘Creativity, Happiness and a Sense of Purpose’.
How and Why Should Creative Businesses Engage With Cultural Policy?
Looking at a more contextual issue of creativity in business, this blog post discusses the nature of the mixed cultural economy. If we are all busy doing our creativity and running our businesses, why should we take time out to engage with the cultural policy makers who take decisions and spend public money on culture? [...] Read more – ‘How and Why Should Creative Businesses Engage With Cultural Policy?’.
How to Get Into Bed With Someone: Working Relationships for Creative Business
Creativity is all about collaboration, business is all about dealing with other people. It is all about relationships. But relationships can be difficult as well as beneficial. How do you navigate the question of relationships for creative business? Who do you need to think about and why? What kinds of protection might you need? Continuing [...] Read more – ‘How to Get Into Bed With Someone: Working Relationships for Creative Business’.
What is Creativity?… Or Perhaps Where is Creativity?
Many people have been talking about creativity, and creative business without ever really getting to the brass tacks of what this thing we call creativity actually is. But this is a very big question. So big it might be the wrong one. So maybe we take more bite sized chunks. One of which might be [...] Read more – ‘What is Creativity?… Or Perhaps Where is Creativity?’.
What’s All the Fuss About Creative Networks? A Tale of Fish and Aeroplanes
For years now lots of people have been going on about the importance of networks and networking for creative business. For years now lots of people have been trying to organize ‘networking events’ (myself included). But all too often this stuff becomes a bit flimsy and superficial. How do we really understand and engage in [...] Read more – ‘What’s All the Fuss About Creative Networks? A Tale of Fish and Aeroplanes’.
Over-Individualism and its Discontents
The economic crisis and consequent lack of Establishment legitimacy goes on and on. But so does the rhetoric of economic growth and consumerism. All this continues to mistake the problems for t he solution and leaves unexamined how and why some of our basic economic and cultural assumptions underpin this mistake. This bloggy stuff paper [...] Read more – ‘Over-Individualism and its Discontents’.
The Standard Question: So What’s the Alternative Then?
We are all assailed with The Standard Question these days – if you are so opposed to what’s happening as a result of the economic crisis, what’s the alternative? But this is a pretty dumb question. As if a few simple institutional reforms are enough. As if people can design whole new economics system in [...] Read more – ‘The Standard Question: So What’s the Alternative Then?’.
To Be Or Not To Be… As We Come Up to Christmas
As we all know, Christmas the time of seasonally adjusted cultural madness.  But as we become more and more familiar with the dissatisfactions of consumer culture, and as the Establishment work tirelessly to convince us that (a) they must introduce us to austerity, and (b) we must keep shopping to ensure economic growth despite this, [...] Read more – ‘To Be Or Not To Be… As We Come Up to Christmas’.
“The Rise of the Real Nutters”: A Short Diagnosis of Establishment Pathology
Malcolm Tucker has his “nutters’ to deal with, and we have ours. The problem is, ours are in the real world Establishment, and they really are going nuts -  The Rise of the Real Nutters Read more – ‘“The Rise of the Real Nutters”: A Short Diagnosis of Establishment Pathology’.
Why is Creativity?
Some thoughts about the role of creativity for our trouble times - Why is Creativity Read more – ‘Why is Creativity?’.
Tough Choices
Tough for some, but not for all. How do we cut through the Establishment’s manipulative way of using the language? - Tough Choices Read more – ‘Tough Choices’.
The Everyday Suit Men
Who are these men who keep on failing us? Do they really think just wearing a suit everyday will excuse them? - The Everyday Suit Man   Read more – ‘The Everyday Suit Men’.
Mark’s and Spencer-ism, and Housing
Not a complaint about Mark’s and Spencer’s the shop, but some worries about the culture that lies behind it - Marks and Spencerism, and Housing Read more – ‘Mark’s and Spencer-ism, and Housing’.
Jason Bourne’s Real Name is David Webb
Is Jason’s Bourne’s fight to regain his memory, and his fight against the Establishment suits a symbol for our political times? – Jason Bourne’s Real Name is David Webb Read more – ‘Jason Bourne’s Real Name is David Webb’.
What Should be Explained is Assumed
A draft working paper that suggests ‘creativity’ should be explained rather than assumed within creative business debates - What Should Be Explained Is Assumed Read more – ‘What Should be Explained is Assumed’.
‘Unlawful Instruments and Goods’: Afghanistan, Culture and the Taliban
The question of culture, policy and community in Afghanistan - Unlawful Instruments and Goods – Afghanistan Culture and the Taliban Read more – ‘‘Unlawful Instruments and Goods’: Afghanistan, Culture and the Taliban’.
The New Cultural Economy, the Artist and the Social Configuration of Autonomy
Exploring the question of autonomy, the commons and the ‘politics of time’ within the new cultural economy - The New Cultural Economy, the Artist and the Social Configuration of Autonomy Read more – ‘The New Cultural Economy, the Artist and the Social Configuration of Autonomy’.
The Engineered and the Vernacular in Cultural Quarter Development
Comparing 2 different rationales underpinning cultural quarter development - The Engineered and the Vernacular in Cultural Quarter Development Read more – ‘The Engineered and the Vernacular in Cultural Quarter Development’.
Remembering the ‘Culture’ bit of the ‘Cultural Economy’
A draft working paper referring to Terry Eagleton’s “Idea of Culture” and other things to remind us of the ‘culture’ bit of the culture industries discussions - Remembering the ‘Culture’ Bit of the ‘Cultural Economy’ Read more – ‘Remembering the ‘Culture’ bit of the ‘Cultural Economy’’.
Nottingham’s de facto Cultural Quarter
Describing the contours of Nottingham’s independent creative ecology - Nottingham’s de facto Cultural Quarter Read more – ‘Nottingham’s de facto Cultural Quarter’.
Micro-Experiments in Alternatives
Briefly exploring some alternative economic and ecological ways - Micro-Experiments in Alternatives Read more – ‘Micro-Experiments in Alternatives’.
Limitations of the Work-Life Balance Campaign
The need for more imaginative and open debate within the WLB campaign - Limitations of the Work Life Balance Campaign Read more – ‘Limitations of the Work-Life Balance Campaign’.
Economic Conscience and Public Discourse
A cultural critique of the recent ethical bankruptcy of some Establishment institutions, and what culture and creative industries might contribute to an alternative - Economic Conscience and Public Discourse   Read more – ‘Economic Conscience and Public Discourse’.
Conviviality in Global Cultural Development
A look at Ivan Illich’s concept of conviviality and the role of vernacular culture within global cultural policy and development - Conviviality in Global Cultural Development Read more – ‘Conviviality in Global Cultural Development’.
Accounting for Independent Creativity in the New Cultural Economy
Bringing to light the independent creativity that official economic impact measurements often miss - Accounting for Independent Creativity in the New Cultural Economy Read more – ‘Accounting for Independent Creativity in the New Cultural Economy’.
A More Critical View of the Creative Industries
A short piece that suggests the mainstream view of the creative industries has been a bit ‘one dimensional’ - A More Critical View of the Creative Industries Read more – ‘A More Critical View of the Creative Industries’.