Our approach to innovation
One of the focuses of TCAF lies on the impact of art in innovation.
1) Why innovation matters
Innovation is an increasingly popular topic. This is due to the current geopolitical context as well as to wider social and economic concerns, such as diminishing productivity and high unemployment rates. Evidence reveals that creative jobs are more resistant to automation than other jobs, that there is some co-location between creative sectors and other innovative industries, and that businesses that combine science and arts skills have stronger performance. That is, art contributes to economic outcomes such as innovation but also growth and productivity even in non-art related business.
2) Creativity: from the individual to the societal level
If one wants to understand how innovative thinking is fostered by the arts, one must also develop a better understanding of the existing research on the nature of creativity. Interestingly, research increasingly stresses creativity as a ‘a social process embedded within organisational and institutional contexts’ (DeFillippi, Grabher and Jones, 2007: 511). However, it is still necessary to better understand how the contribution of art to innovative ecosystems can be maximised.
As part of our commitment to better understanding the relations between art and innovation and unleash the transformative power of art in this regard, TCAF has organised and participated in several events.
In 2017, in collaboration with The Culture Capital Exchange and DataKind UK, TCAF hosted Networked Data, a roundtable discussion about distributed data in relation to art and the challenges of gathering robust evidence to make the case for art impact. The discussion aimed to explore new ways of coordinating, scoping and substantiating research, in particular in the context of distributed knowledge and networked frameworks. We were pleased to have the contribution of Robert Manchin, former CAE Acting Secretary General.