A new generation of entrepreneurs and creative individuals is emerging in our cities. Gathered in a diverse set of urban “tribes” (wikipedians, digital artists, local media producers, fablabbers, arduins, new designers…) they are creating new jobs and opportunities in difficult times: They do this not only by developing and improving products and services on their own but also enriching and revitalizing existing economic activities. The digital transition of societies, which is rapidly taken place at a global level, provides these communities with opportunities that can boost this movement even more.
These informal innovative communities are also increasingly being discovered by scientific and cultural institutions such as universities, cultural centres, and also by corporations and local governments that wish to understand and engage with these new forms for innovation.
The Creative Ring
The Creative Ring facilitates these engagements, by enabling a European-wide, technology-supported experimental ecosystem for creative talents, professionals and stakeholders working in and with the Creative Industries.
The Creative Ring is specifically directed at supporting creative entrepreneurs, innovators and other stakeholders in the creative industries in embracing the opportunities of the digital transition that characterises European societies of today.
The Creative Ring is organised as a network of networks, unfolding at the intersection of the local and European level. By igniting relations between local creative actors, open creative ecosystems are encouraged to emerge, which then again are assembled within a European network of creative ecosystems.