Innovation Cultures. Challenge and Learning Strategy

Date: 2. - 4. June 2005

Innovation activities occur in the specific social and economic context and the cultural and political traditions of the respective national or otherwise defined community are reflected in them. The major role is played by the historically developed systems of education, culture, entrepreneurship, or governance. In this context, the concept of “innovation culture” may be applied into the analysis.

The concept of culture is strongly diversified. Usually we understand under culture a set of values, norms and practices. Recently the definition of culture by Clifford Geertz as a medium for creating and sustaining meaning (delivering the means for interpreting, understanding and evaluating communication and action) is commonly respected. In the context of innovations, we may ask how the main concepts and structures of innovation are understood, what place they occupy in the meaning and value structure of society and what are the effects for innovation practices. Innovation culture – as a distinct coherent set of values and practices – is tightly embedded in a broader culture of the specific national, social, and cultural communities.

A carefully selected workshop was composed by experts from 10 countries, including the US and a representative from the European Commission.

Type: Collaborative event (ZSI as co-organiser)

Organizer: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Prague

Location: Prag


Klaus Schuch

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