The Creative Exchange (formerly, the Expert Program) is your gateway to the latest trends, topics and news shaping the sector today. Launched in April 2014, The Creative Exchange has attracted close to 40 national and international experts from across arts, culture, screen and design. Covering a wide  range of topics that are both relevant and thought-provoking, these free monthly events are open to anyone currently working in the creative industries with a keen interest in the most up-to-date information from right across the sector. Hear from industry experts, and discover new networking opportunities  at The Creative Exchange. We look forward to welcoming you at our next event.

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    Next Event

    Throw the money out the window: New ways of thinking about cultural funding

    When: Wednesday, 23 August 2017
    Time: 3.00pm-4.30pm
    Location: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne (Please enter through the NGV Schools Entrance – Arts Centre forecourt)

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    Professor Jason Potts piqued the curiosity of delegates at the inaugural Creative State Summit with his thought provoking and paradigm shifting presentation that challenged assumptions around public policy and the ways government supports the creative economy.

    According to Potts, the best way for governments to encourage innovation is not to fund excellence, but to help creative entrepreneurs discover value and create new markets. The best way to allocate funding may not be a competitive grants system, but random distribution – like throwing the money out the window.

    Should we radically overhaul the system? Are entrepreneurs the answer to our creative evolution? One of the world’s leading evolutionary economists, Jason Potts will propose new ways of structuring public funding to accelerate a flourishing and sustainable creative economy.

    Biography, Professor Jason Potts:

    Jason is Professor of Economics at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is one of the world’s leading evolutionary economists, and currently Vice President of The International Joseph A Schumpeter Society. His research focuses on innovation economics and policy, complexity economics, institutional economics, public choice economics, the economics of cities, and the economics of creative industries. He has published five books on these topics, and over 70 scholarly journal articles. His current work centres on the theory of innovation commons, and the new economics of intellectual property. Jason has been extensively involved in developing new economic models of the creative industries, jointly with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries, and also working with NESTA in London. He has a regular column in The Conversation commenting on creative industries policy.

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