It turns out that creativity could be good for the economy.
Well, I don’t think that comes as a big surprise to most of us, but this report gives solid support and some background on why.
The report finds that creativity and access to information drive economic growth and development and suggest that this provides an option for developing counties to emerge in the world economy, if they focus on building their creative industry.
“Creative industries are among the most dynamic emerging sectors in world trade. It also shows that the interface among creativity, culture, economics and technology, as expressed in the ability to create and circulate intellectual capital, has the potential to generate income, jobs and export earnings while at the same time contributing to social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development. This report addresses the challenge of assessing the creative economy with a view to informed policy-making by outlining the conceptual, institutional and policy frameworks in which this economy can flourish.”
Visit unctad.org to download the full report.
The term “upcraft” has been popping up here and there, so I thought I would look into the trend and see what it’s all about. My best guess is that it comes from upcycle, which is basically converting waste into renewed products (either with a new use or better quality.) On Upcraft.it they say “Upcrafting is all about recycling and reusing things. It’s about making something better, doing things cheaply, and about using your skills instead of your credit card.” Sounds good to me. I ♥ a good redesign. I am currently in the middle of a couple upcrafting projects Online Pokies. We found an damaged old Duncan Phyf dining table at a thrift store and we’re refinished it. I’ll post before and after pics soon.
Here are some resources to get you started if you want to become an upcrafter.
Design Sponge – Before & After
Flickr Group: Recycle Remake Redesign Re-craft Reuse Recreate Reclaim Reduce
Flickr Group: Etsy Recycled