This page summarises all of the events and activities that Creativeworks London has produced or was involved in. Included are also events and activities that were organised by our collaborators and/or partners.

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V&A Design Culture Salon 12: Is innovation overrated and what is the role of design here?
December 12, 2014 6:30 pm
December 12, 2014 8:00 pm
October 23, 2014
The Clore Centre: Room 55, V&A
Cromwell Road, London , SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

Government think-tanks, policy wonks, business gurus, management book publishers and lots and lots of design commentators stress a need for innovation in order to ‘compete globally in these turbulent times’.

Alternatively, innovation also gets tacked onto thinking about how new social arrangements, welfare services or participatory processes can unfold. But has innovation become an unthinking default position? Is this verve to aim for invention actually missing important challenges like implementation, poor leadership or infrastructure? What is the role of the State in promoting particular versions of innovation? Can designers provide a critical space where something else might happen? This Salon investigates how a certain cultural understanding of innovation has emerged, what it is doing and how alternatives might be forged.

Chair: Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum


Jamie Brassett, Subject Leader & MA Course Leader, Innovation Management, Central Saint Martins, London.

Duncan Fairfax, Lecturer in Design, Programme Leader MA in Design & Environment, Goldsmiths, London

Lucy Kimbell, Pincipal Research Fellow University of Brighton and Associate Fellow, Said Business School

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Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.