WS10: Creative Ring
A new generation of entrepreneurs and creative individuals is emerging in our cities. Gathered in a diverse set of urban “tribes” (wikipedians, digital artists, local media producers, fablabbers, arduins, new designers…) they are creating new jobs and opportunities in difficult times, not just by creating and improving products and services on their own but also enriching and revitalizing existing economic activities. This informal innovative community is increasingly being discovered by scientific and cultural institutions such as universities, cultural centers, academia and also by corporations and local governments that are starting to understand this new system for innovation and try to create bridges.
However, in many cases these urban creative communities are isolated from their counterparts in other cities, and do not have access to Future Internet technologies and solutions (both in terms of high-speed wired and wireless infrastructure and in applications) which could be highly instrumental in both the creation and the exchange of innovative content and applications. As a consequence, the immense potential of the European Creative Industries, in size as well as in diversity, is currently not fulfilled.
In order to address this, the Creative Ring is proposed and discussed as a new experimental community and platform for sharing creative and innovative content and activities all over Europe, using advanced Internet technologies and networks. It is based on an open collaboration between local artists and creative industries (comprising cultural, media, arts, advertising and other sectors) with universities, local authorities and ICT companies in each city and region. This way, the Creative Ring intends to bring together solutions for infrastructure, useful and proven FI systems and applications; the Creative Industries can experiment or deploy these systems and the resulting innovative content.
The implementation of the Creative Ring can be visualized at 3 different levels: 1) the infrastructure and connectivity level; 2) the set of ICT applications and tools to boost the creative industries; and 3) a network of creative industries, artists and ICT players that can interchange experiences, content and technologies. The main pillars of the Creative Ring are now under discussion at European level introducing the concept of the Creative Ring hubs, the physical spaces where infrastructure, applications, and, the community of creative industries and artists converge, a physical space for creative industries, entrepreneurs and citizens to experiment and develop their initiatives and, a physical meeting point for open collaboration at local, city and regional level.
The first public “Creative Ring” session took place during FIA Dublin (May 2013), where the objectives and structure was discussed with external initiatives and stakeholders.
This second public “Creative Ring” session aims at 1) creating awareness of this initiative among Living Labs, living labbers, cities and researchers: 2) to gather the feedback of some of the strongest living labs in the areas of Future Internet, Culture and Creativity, and; 3) to commonly design the Creative Ring, with focus on the areas of connecting people (case of performing arts), connecting data and services (case of tourism and advertisement), and connecting spaces (case of creative hubs).
The Creative Ring is primarly promoted by the SPECIFI project (Smart Platforms Enabling the Creative Industries for the Future Internet) www.specifi.eu.
9:00h – Foundations of the Creative Ring
- Simon Delaere, iMinds, SPECIFI project coordinator, presentation here
9:15h – The vision from some key players
- Breandán Knowlton, Europeana, Europeana Creative initiative
- Carolyn Hassan, KWest Research Living Lab, Bristol
- Adrian Slatchter, Manchester Living Lab
- Alain Heureux, The Egg Living Lab, Brussels, presentation here
10:00 – Exploring the Creative Ring in 3 different domains: Performing arts, Tourism/Advertisement, and Creative hubs.
10:25 – Conclusions
This is a very interactive session where you will have the opportunity of contributing in the definition of the Creative Ring (More details coming soon).