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creative capital: culture, innovation and the public domain

Culture and creativity are the latest 'buzzwords' in the debate on innovation strategies for the knowledge economy. But what is the cultural dimension of the knowledge economy? And what does this imply for the public domain? These were the central questions of the Amsterdam CREATIVE CAPITAL conference on March 17 and 18 2005 in Amsterdam. The conference has brought together innovation experts, economists, urbanists, social innovators, cultural entrepreneurs, policy makers and politicians ( keynote speakers ). During the conference, we have charted the state of the innovation debate and re-drawn the public agenda for a creative public domain that supports a strong knowledge economy.

We believe that creativity and innovation have become the driving forces of our economy and society. In this globalised world our future lies in our capacity to create. Therefore, societies need to strengthen their creative capital. Creative capital can be defined as the combined assets of society that enable and stimulate its people and organisations to be innovative and creative. To achieve this, we need to apply a wide variety of strategies in different domains, varying from education and economic policy, through to urban and cultural policy. This conference has aimed to develop the concept of creative capital and explore what this implies for designing appropriate strategies in the knowledge society. The goal of the conference was to write a public agenda for building creative capital. This agenda connects culture, innovation and the public domain in the knowledge economy. It defines the components of creative capital, and proposes actions on how to build it.

The CREATIVE CAPITAL conference was organised by Knowledgeland thinktank and Waag Society, two non-profit organisations in the Netherlands, which have been active in promoting the social and cultural dimension of the knowledge economy. These two organisations collaborated in the project DISC, Domain for Innovative Software and Content. Aim of this project has been to promote the use of open source software for social purposes and creative commons licenses for open content. As part of this conference organisations from all over Europe discussed the development of a European Digital Public Domain. >from *Creative Capital site* via vania

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