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Creative Citizens: The Debate

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Published on Oct 7, 2014

Creative Citizens Conference, Royal College of Art, London, September 18-19th 2014.

Creative Citizens: The Debate.

In association with political think-tank, Centre Forum.

Join policy makers, advisors and researchers to debate the question: How can we Unlock Citizen Creativity to Strengthen Communities?

Led by a cross party panel of enthusiasts and sceptics this session will debate a draft, pragmatic manifesto for creative citizenship for 2015 – 2020 created by Stephen Lee, Director of Centre Forum.

Chair: Professor Ian Hargreaves, University of Cardiff

Eddie Copleland Head of Technology Policy, Policy Exchange
Andrew Harrup General Secretary, The Fabian Society
Stephen Lee Chief Executive, CentreForum
Emran Mian Director, Social Market Foundation

Creative Citizenship, with its emphasis upon creativity, innovation and the civic potential of online media, hints at new ways forward for long-established political ambitions to stimulate economic and cultural activity at the community level. Labour’s Third Way; the Conservatives’ Big Society and the Liberal Democrats’ Open Society are way-markers on this journey, though each of these approaches had their critics.

How genuinely important is community-level civic engagement to the major political parties? How does the rise of UKIP fit into this picture? What practical, scalable initiatives might be developed for inclusion within party manifestos that can make the intellectual promise of creative citizenship a deliverable reality?

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