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Public Creativity




Seminar 18:00 to 19:30

This seminar offers the chance to reflect on how contemporary organisations are engaging and involving publics in creativity and innovation. It explores how these creative processes are being set up and facilitated; what is 'public' about them; and, questions who the publics of public creativity are? The seminar highlights a set of possibilities and challenges currently emerging as a result of these developments, suggesting that there is a growing need to re-visit commonplace distinctions between expert and lay-public; the 'inside' and 'outside' of organisations; as well as distinctions between different 'stages' of the creative process.

Overall, the seminar therefore offers an opportunity to publicly discuss the instigation, control, authorship and facilitation of innovation and creativity; how 'public creativity' might be changing relations between various 'creative professionals' and their publics; and, how creative professionals can play an active role in these rapidly emerging developments.

Nick Mahony is a Research Associate with Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at The Open University. He is lead editor of the 2010 Policy Press book 'Rethinking the Public: innovations in research, theory and politics' (with Janet Newman and Clive Barnett), was co-convener of the 2008-9 ESRC Seminar Series 'Emergent Publics' and is author of the 2010 article 'Making Democracy Spectacular'.

Before entering academia to undertake a PhD that investigated a set of large-scale public participation experiments, Nick facilitated participatory design projects with organisations in the profit and not-for-profit sectors including Sainsbury's, BBC, the Sustainable Development Commission and New Economics Foundation. Nick's first degree was in Design Studies at Goldsmiths College.

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12.00am - 12.00amTuesday 30th November 2010