Currently sitting to hand in the reading pile are three hefty, but nevertheless useful reports which I intend studying in depth. The first, on Innovation in the creative sector has a useful set of definitions on both the sector and the concept of innovation.
The second offers an important insight into some Australian policy frameworks around the digital divide.
While the third goes global with a challenging set of assumptions and targets on the the ongoing fight against global poverty.
1. INNOVATION IN THE UK CREATIVE SECTOR
The first, Hidden Innovation in the creative industries report by Ian Miles and Lawrence Green
July 2008 offers a comprehensive analysis of hidden innovation practice and theory inside the UK creative sector.
They start from the assumption that though the concept and practice of innovation has been a subject of serious academic and policy interest for several decades, the 'creative industries' have been studied for a shorter period of time, but perhaps more intensely.
Their opening premise is that we do not understand well the process of innovation within the creative industries, nor how waves of innovation from elsewhere impact upon them. Since they represent a large and fast-growing part of the UK economy, they beieve this gap in understanding needs to be remedied.
Working with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, the research project uses the tools of 'traditional' innovation research to explore, analyse and compare innovation in four sectors that are critical to the UK's creative future: videogames development, product design, advertising, and independent broadcast production.
[Source - Simon Riley, Net Impact]
2. DIGITAL DIVIDE / POLICY / AUSTRALIA
Extending Australia's digital divide policy: an examination of the value of social inclusion and social capital policy frameworks
Digital divide policies have been historically rooted within the information society / knowledge economy credo and as such they have been largely motivated by the anticipated value of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) diffusion.
In Australia, a range of government policies have attempted to address inequalities in ICT access and use since the late 1990s. Despite these attempts, key determinants of internet access such as age, income, educational attainment and Indigenous status are proving to be persistent, while more complicated and nuanced factors are likely to be determining the way people use the internet.
In order to examine how the social benefits of internet accessand use can be understood and harnessed in Australia, this paper explores the implications of adding two concepts to
policy deliberations: social inclusion and social capital.
In line with the network society thesis, both concepts highlight the way social,political and economic practices, institutions and relationships are increasingly organised through ICT mediated network structures.
APO Weekly Briefing, 24 July 2008 via, The Source, National Library New Zealand
3. FUTURE / PROJECTIONS / ASSESSMENT
2008 State of the Future
The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
It publishes a report periodically assessing the current state of the world and projecting developments in the future.
The 2008 report is to be published in August 2008. Currently available is information on the report and a ten page summary.
While it does not claim to predict the future, the 2008 State of the Future report hopes it helps us to think analytically about crucial global challenges.
Includes chapters and insights on/into:
* Science and Technology
* Nanotechnology: Future Military Environmental Health Considerations
* Education and Learning 2030 (59 pages)
* Measuring and Promoting Sustainable Development
* Environmental Security
* Future Ethical Issues
* Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision-making
dgAlert_Knowledge Economy, 27 July 2008 via Source, National Library, New Zealand