DISCE Co-Creation Lab #2 in Timisoara: a conversation with Dr. Tamsyn Dent and Steve Rimmer

CUMEDIAE, together with a consortium of social and economic research institutes, cultural managers and creative workers from six European countries, is part of a three year long research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Programme. The project DISCE (Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies) intends to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), and aims to reassess the role of CCIs as contributors to growth, quality employment, competitiveness, and to the attractiveness and social cohesion of cities and regions across the EU.

But what is DISCE and what are its objectives? And what is the role of CCI in society?

On October 16th, 2019 the city of Timisoara, Romania, welcomed the second DISCE Co-Creation Lab. Co-creation events are one of the approaches used by DISCE to engage with stakeholders to validate the policy relevance of the project, to co-design and co-produce the research so to achieve long-term impact and sustainability. Researchers of the DISCE project, CCIs professionals and decision-makers working in various cultural hubs around Europe discussed around the themes of Business Model Innovation and Working Conditions in the Cultural and Creative Sector.

After the event, some of the participants were asked to share with DISCE their opinion about it. Dr. Tamsyn Dent, a DISCE researcher from King’s College London, and Steve Rimmer, CADS & Tickets for good CEO and founder, give an insight about the role of inclusivity and sustainability in the creative development.

There are issues in terms how do we ensure that we create this [creative space] in a way that is more inclusive beyond the kind of economic understanding, not that economic is not important. It’s just that it’s became a dominant narrative, I guess, to kind of really justify creativity and the culture and we are looking for narratives and values beyond that to think about how we can value it differently