Our chair of the Scientific Board, Riccardo Pozzo (Department of History, Humanities and Society, University of Rome Tor Vergata) has recently published an article on ‘What does cultural innovation stand for? Dimensions, processes, outcomes of a new innovation category’ with Andrea Filippetti (Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self-Government, National Research Council of Italy), Mario Paolucci (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy) and Vania Virgili (Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics) as co-authors.
This article, published on Science and Public Policy, introduces the notion of cultural innovation, which requires adapting our approach to co-creation. The argument opens with a first conceptualization of cultural innovation as an additional and autonomous category of the complex processes of co-creation. The dimensions of cultural innovation are contrasted against other forms of innovation. In a second step, the article makes an unprecedented attempt in describing processes and outcomes of cultural innovation, while showing their operationalization in some empirical case studies. In the conclusion, the article considers policy implications resulting from the novel definition of cultural innovation as the outcome of complex processes that involve the reflection of knowledge flows across the social environment within communities of practices while fostering the inclusion of diversity in society. First and foremost, cultural innovation takes a critical stance against inequalities in the distribution of knowledge and builds innovation for improving the welfare of individuals and communities.
You can watch a keynote delivered by Riccardo Pozzo in November 2019, in Zagreb, Croatia at the DESIR Final Event on ‘Cultural Innovation, a notion taken for granted’.