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Wellbeing Economy meets Critical Imagination – 28 Sept 2022

Open Symposium
28-09-2022, St. Joost School of Art & Design, Breda

As the environmental crisis continues to get worse, social inequality rises and political extremism and war reemerge in Europe, the need for a fundamental change of our society has become greater than ever before. If we want Europe to have a democratic future, we urgently need to address the fact that our economic systems are unsustainable as they tend to deplete the natural, social and psychological resources on which they are built.

In recent years, an increasing number of critical economists, together with activists and entrepreneurial visionaries, have begun to develop alternative approaches to economic theory and practice. The open symposium Wellbeing Economy meets Critical Imagination will bring together some of the leading (inter)national scholars and practitioners to discuss the question of how to (re)build an economy that generates wellbeing for everybody. An important aspect and focus of the conference is the role of the cultural and creative industries within the wider social transformation toward such a wellbeing economy.

This event is a collaboration between Avans research group New Marketing/ESB and research group Cultural and Creative Industries/CARADT.

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‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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