BCreative Conference Seeks Presentation Proposals

BCreative 2012 Conference and Showcase, May 1-0 - 12 at SFU’s downtown Vancouver venues, is an opportunity for the business, academic, government and creative communities to discuss the importance of a robust creative sector to a vibrant economy.

Often overlooked or taken for granted, the cultural industry will be one of the main economic drivers in the coming years.

In addition to a call for papers, BCreative 2012 is seeking out voices in various creative subsectors.

The conference organizers intend to provide a venue infused with the very creativity we aim to foster. Thus, as well as welcoming showcase presentations organizers welcome offers of displays from which they can select to provide an appropriate creative environment conducive to the success of the showcase/conference.

To provide guidance, but not constraint, organizers are interested in considering contributions that include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading examples of creative production that have opened new markets
  • Plans and models for creative sector development
  • Key policies in BC and in other jurisdictions that have worked or could work to encourage creative production
  • Maximizing and/or measuring impacts of the creative sector
  • The structure and impact of creative activity
  • Showcase sessions that speak to development strategies and tactics
  • Analysis of investments in creative production that have returned substantial benefits
  • Understanding the nature of needed infrastructure for a vibrant creative economy
  • Understanding the full range of benefits of creative production
  • Building social capital in British Columbia
  • Fostering an inclusive creative economy
  • Creative production-for-export strategies
  • Fostering creative networking and interactions within and across subsectors
  • Identity (provincial, ethnic, First Nations) and the dynamics of creative production
  • British Columbia building blocks for creativity leadership
  • Creative development in urban, rural, and other settings
  • Fostering investment in creative economic development
  • The nature of the talent industries
  • Creativity as a driver of economic growth
  • Copyright and intellectual property management in a British Columbia context
  • Maximizing spin-offs from creative production
  • Art and British Columbia culture
  • BC creativity and its relationships key to BC life and industry

Submissions are welcome for individual 20-minute presentations; one-hour panel discussions; 20-minute showcase presentations, and pecha kuchas (20 images, 20 seconds each).

Inquiries, suggestions, and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Suzanne Norman at the email or physical addresses below by November 30, 2011. Please include a short curriculum vitae.

The organizers anticipate the publication of a report and background papers following the conference.

BCreative 2012
SFU Harbour Centre
Suite 3573, 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3

T: 1.778.782.5241
F: 1.778 782 5239


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