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05 NOVEMBER 2012

Organza: improving policy-making in the field of creative industries

"Organza aims at improving policy–making in the field of creative industries and to strengthen regional economies by developing and evaluating new policy instruments, sharing experiences between different European regions and medium–sized cities.

To achieve its objectives Organza brings together 13 partners with different models of policy development and which are at different stages of policy making. Since it is a new policy area, methodologies are to be developed to enable partners to compare and contrast the structure of creative industries and the supporting infrastructure within their regions and assess the effectiveness of the many initiatives that have been developed to support them. The information generated will be collated into a major database to facilitate the sharing of information. From this comprehensive collection of data, a limited set of practices is selected for transfer between cities and regions. Focusing on the three stages of the policy process (creation, piloting and implementation), the transfer of experience and good practice will be evaluated by the project partners and the experience widely shared."




20102012creative industries • creative industries infrastructure • creative industries practices • data collection • database of inspiring practices • ERDF Managing Authority • European Regional Development Fundgood practicegovernment policyinformation sharinginnovation • INTERREG IVC • Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC • knowledge economyknowledge transfer • medium sized creative cities • new policy instruments • Organza (project) • policy creation • policy development • policy implementation • policy making • policy models • policy piloting • policy process • project partners • regional development • Regional Development Fund • regional economies • regional policy-makers • risk prevention • share insightssharing experiencesworking together


Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2012

The Interactive Institute: Swedish experimental design research centre

"The Interactive Institute is a Swedish experimental IT & design research institute that conducts world–class applied research and innovation. With pioneering spirit and courage, we challenge prevailing norms in technology and design. Our process is based on people's future needs and potential with a vision to improve everyday life for a creative and sustainable society. The results are developed in close collaboration with industry and society.

We develop new research areas, concepts, products and services, and provide strategic advice to corporations and public organizations. Our results are communicated and exhibited worldwide and brought out to society through commissioned work, license agreements and spin–off companies.

Over the course of a decade, the Interactive Institute has established itself at the forefront of research and development in design, data visualization, sustainability and entertainment, positioning Sweden as a leading force in the lifestyle technology research sector. The Interactive Institute has worked systematically to identify new research fields and to create pioneering projects within these with great potential for innovation. The projects have given rise to larger research programs and funding initiatives that not only have created renewal within Swedish research, but also played an important part for Swedish industry, regional development and the image of Sweden as an innovative nation.

Since the start in 1998, our work has been characterized not only in the way we conduct traditional academic research but also in our exploration of the borders between art, design and technology in industrial and academic settings as well as public and private sectors. With our expertise, we bring an innovative edge into policy work, we connect stakeholders for extraordinary synergies, we bring renewal to traditional industry and we add context and involvement to the processes we are involved in. In bringing together our knowledge of business and creative values with world–class research results, we offer a unique set of skills to the Swedish research and innovation sector in the international arena.

The Interactive Institute has 50 employees per December 2010, and is organized around studios localized in Piteå, Umeå, Stockholm, Eskilstuna, Norrköping and Gothenburg. The headquarters is situated in Stockholm/Kista. The Interactive Institute is a non profit distributing organization."

(The Interactive Institute)



1998applied research • art design and technology • collaboration with industry • data visualisationdesign • distributing organisation • everyday lifeexperimentalfuture needsHCIinnovation • IT and design • lifestyle technology research • new research areas • new research fields • non profit • pioneering projects • private sectorproducts and servicespublic sectorregional developmentresearch and developmentresearch centreresearch institutespin-off companies • strategic advice • sustainabilitysustainable societySwedentechnology and design • The Interactive Institute


Simon Perkins
27 MAY 2011

Nottingham Creative Network: providing professional and business support for Nottingham's creative industries since 2006

"Nottingham Creative Network launched in October 2006 and is a project designed to provide smart–targeted professional and business support for Nottingham's creative industries. ...

Our 6 themes are as follows:

––Selling Your Soul?–What are the tensions between pursuing your creative inspiration and making compromises to make your business work? Are there any? If so, how do you negotiate them?

––How to Make Friends and Influence People–The importance of networks and network development. How do you get good at networking and why?

––Who Do I Get Into Bed With–Having recognised the value of networks and collaborations for creative business, how do you use these relationship to their best advantage?

––Don't Get Ripped Off–What do you need to know and do protect yourself and get paid properly?

––More Than Just Beer Money?–What are the opportunities, issues and added pressures associated with going from creative business as a 'lifestyle' choice, to growing your business into something bigger?

––Soul Food–How do you 'refresh' the creativity bit of your business to prevent stagnation?

Nottingham Creative Network aims to address all these issues in a way that connects tangible advice for business growth and development with discussions of these issues that are relevant for the specific of the creative industries. We realise that sometimes the creative industries operate in quite distinctive ways. We come from the creative industries ourselves. We will be holding regular expert seminars and workshops, offering 1–to–1 surgeries and responding to the needs of the creative community in other flexible ways when opportunities arise."

(Nottingham Creative Network)


2006 • Broadway Cinema and Media Centre • businessbusiness advice • business dating agency • business developmentbusiness growth • business link • business relationships • business support • business workshops • career stagnation • city councilcollaborationcreative business • creative collaborations • creative communitycreative industriescreative inspirationcreative networkscreative people • creative scouts • creativityenterprise • enterprise surgeries • expert seminars • expert workshops • freelancegetting connectedgovernment agencies • growing your business • guest speakers • industry contacts • innovationinnovation seminarslocal creative producers • making business connections • making your business work • NCNnetworkingnetworking events • networks and collaborations for creative business • networks and network development • NottinghamNottingham Creative NetworkNottingham Trent Universityprofessional supportprojectregional developmentSchool of Art and Design • School of Arts and Humanities and the Business • SMEsole trader • structured discussion • support agencies


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