— Shalini Venturelli: From the Information Economy to the Creative Economy:
Moving Culture to the Center of International Policy.


The Challenge for Culture

The world is changing dramatically in ways that amount to a paradigm shift. In such situations responding in old routinized ways will not address current problems. Many fields, pre-eminently those within economics and politics, have been forced to rethink their purposes, goals, and procedures . . . The world of culture has as yet not “stood back” in a similar way and fully assessed the implications of these new conditions. . . .

The new conditions include: the ascendance of the marketplace as an arbiter of value and taste and the rise of the entertainment industry; the rise of the knowledge-based economy; a decreased role for the state and the emergence of political formations beyond the left/right continuum; the demand by many publics to participate in defining the values and purposes of society; challenges to the unified canon of knowledge in many fields and a blurring of intellectual boundaries; the growth of multicultural national communities; the reordering of relationships between the sexes; changing conceptions of place, space, time and tempo particularly driven by technological advances; a general sense of fracturing in the unity of a body politic; and a reconsideration of what identity means locally, regionally, and nationally.

Our view is that the world of culture should reassess its purposes within these new conditions and determine what its response should be - not merely to adapt and adjust but also to play a central part in the emerging social and economic landscape.

— Marc Pachter and Charles Landry: Culture @ the Crossroads: Culture and Cultural Institutions at the Beginning of the 21st Century Download


A New Model: A Neighborhood-Based Creative Economy


An ecosystem approach to culture-based neighborhood revitalization that integrates urban residents with the regional economy and civil society.                                                     

— Mark Stern & Susan Seifert: From Creative Economy to Creative Society Download


. . .To those of us in the design field, it should be self-evident that design has a major role to play in creating a new culture of sustainability, and conversely, it is complicit in contributing to a destructive cultre of expansion. Whether sustainable or expansive, culture consists of social practices and rituals, institutions and networks, and resources.  It is also embodied in the multifarious artifacts of everyday life the desigers create.

— Victor Margolin: from an essay published in Sustainable Alternatives in Design: It's High Time We Start Losing Time  Download