Study out­lines cre­ative ways to im­prove lives

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Caribbean Link -

WASH­ING­TON – A new study has found that dig­i­tal co­op­er­a­tives, so­cial net­works in­come dis­tri­bu­tion, mi­cro-as­sis­tance for artists, biotech­nol­ogy de­sign prod­ucts, re­gional cul­tural mar­kets and cre­ative an­swers to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters are just some of the in­no­va­tions that could emerge within the next decade.

The study un­der­taken by the In­ter-amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) and The Institute for The Fu­ture, draws from the premise of five en­gines for global change and fore­casts their im­pact on ten zones of in­no­va­tion in the cre­ative and cul­tural in­dus­tries, or the or­ange econ­omy.

The new study is ti­tled Fu­ture Land­scapes Of The Or­ange Econ­omy: Cre­ative Path­ways For Im­prov­ing Lives In Latin Amer­ica And The Caribbean.

Cre­ative and cul­tural in­dus­tries, which in­clude sub­jects such as vis­ual arts, mu­sic, fash­ion, graphic de­sign and dig­i­tal games, in 2015 gen­er­ated US$124 bil­lion in rev­enues and pro­vided em­ploy­ment to more than 1.9 mil­lion peo­ple in the re­gion.

“What if we could tap the full po­ten­tial and cre­ative tal­ent of our peo­ple?” asked Trinidad Zal­divar, head of the IDB’S Cul­tural, Sol­i­dar­ity and Cre­ativ­ity Af­fairs Di­vi­sion.

“This re­port is an in­vi­ta­tion to ex­plore the fu­ture, not to make ex­act pre­dic­tions, but to stim­u­late a di­a­logue around in­no­va­tive ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he added. (CMC)

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