Turin, 24 and 25 January 2012
The value of the workshop has been to discuss and understand how Social Network Analysis can become a valuable tool for the economy of culture. On one hand, Social Network Analysis is a technique that is used increasingly in many research fields, and especially in social sciences. This method of analysis studies society from the viewpoint of networks of relationships between actors, having the fundamental assumption that individuals are continuously engaged in webs of connections and interactions, and these relationships give structure to individual and collective behaviour. One of the main contributions of this type of analysis is the fact that it allows a deeper understanding of social interconnections and their structure and development. On the other hand, cultural economics is looking for new methods of investigation going beyond the traditional techniques and enabling the mapping and measurement of cultural networks. Cultural sectors can be viewed as a network of actors who support the creative atmosphere and whose actions are closely interrelated and interdependent. Without the creation and dissemination of cultural networks it is difficult to ensure the sustainability of cultural projects. The networks serve as the substrate in which ideas are implemented and sustained over time.
paper convegno culture as a network

Entrepreneurship, cultural cluster and the evolution of creative city atmospheres: The case study of design industries in Taipei

Cheng-Yi Lin
Entrepreneurship is a crucial dynamic not only driving clustering of cultural/creative industries but also fostering the evolution of creative city atmospheres. Existing research of local cultural entrepreneurship have more focused on organizational and management practice of cultural industry in western experience, rather than less concentrated on the socio-spatial dynamics of cultural entrepreneurship as the evolution mechanism of creative city atmospheres in an Asia context. While the clustering of Taipei’s creative design industries become a driving force of creative city atmospheres, what is the socio-spatial dynamics of entrepreneurship in a creative cluster? This article contributes exploring the socio-spatial dynamic relationship between entrepreneurship and the evolution of creative city atmospheres by case study of Taipei’s design industry system. In order to examine this issue, this article draws on the evolutionary economic geography perspective to explore the market, socio-institutional, and spatial dimensions of creative design industries, which contributed to the emergence of entrepreneurship as key mechanisms driving the evolution of creative city atmospheres. In collusion, this article will explore the concept and socio-spatial nature of cultural entrepreneurship in contemporary Taipei’s design economy. Meanwhile, I will argue three dimensions of local cultural entrepreneurship as the evolutionary dynamics of creative city atmospheres. This case study also has some implications on the planning of creative clusters and cultural projects.