Creative Entrepreneurship for Competitive Economy

19-21 October, Tallinn, Estonia. International conference   will call for a paradigm shift in the way the Creative Economy is understood and supported.

The role of the Creative Economy as a provider of growth to the wider economy and contributor of added value to a range of agendas, is by now familiar to many. Indeed, multiple nations, regions and cities have invested substantially in Creative Economy strategies and programmes, with aims that range from creating jobs, attracting investment, building confidence and embedding creativity across other sectors – even across society as a whole.

However, with the economic crisis, plus through more developed critical thinking, many are calling for a re-think on the role and value of the Creative Economy and for a refreshed approach to policy and strategy.

Therefore Enterprise Estonia together with Creative Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is organizing this major international conference which will call for a paradigm shift in the way the Creative Economy is understood and supported.

With a dynamic mix of speakers from all over the world, the conference will explore how to develop creative entrepreneurship to improve innovation and competitiveness. This will focus on entrepreneurship across the arts, in organisations and institutions, and across clusters and networks of creative businesses.

Conference program is produced and moderated by leading international creative economy expert, Tom Fleming.

The conference will have four main work streams:

  • Creative Talent. This will focus on the role of the education sector in nurturing creative talent. The post crisis creative economy requires a mix of skills and competencies, both within and outside the Creative Economy. Here there is a need to reconceptualise what we mean by a ‘creative education’ and develop new progressive models to ensure creativity is a pervasive asset across society.
  • The Creative Economy - Driving Innovation and competitiveness across the economy. This will explore the practical tools for maximising innovation in creative businesses and identify how to connect creative businesses to the wider innovation ecosystem. It will also explore the relationship between creative businesses and cultural tourism.
  • Creative Infrastructure for a New Age. This will develop new thinking on the types of infrastructure required to deliver innovation and growth across the Creative Economy. New models for arts and cultural infrastructure, workspace, networks and a range of support services will be introduced and tested. The ongoing impact of digitisation will be featured.
  • Creative Cities and Regions. This will reflect on how some cities and regions have successfully nurtured sustainable and resilient creative economies, while others have struggled. It will identify how creative entrepreneurs are operating to change cities and regions after the downturn. It will anticipate the role of the Creative Economy in new age of city-making and regional development.
  • Creative Leadership. This will re-frame the policy approach to the Creative Economy. It will explore how best to connect agendas in arts, culture, economy, community and education so that holistic yet actionable Creative Economy policy can be established. This will culminate in a major outcome for the conference: the Tallinn Manifesto for the Creative Economy.

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Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument)