Live from BEC conference 2008, Another Country: Creative Borders, Globalism and the Age of Collaboration.
Heard from Richard Florida as the morning keynote.
- Institutionalized education needs to evolve or it won’t survive. Academia is not supporting the creative class
- Three things are necessary for individual/global fulfillment: challenging and nurturing work, relationships and location.
- Countries that focus on creative empowerment will succeed in the global economy.
No time for commentary now but rest assured, we will be sharing our thoughts on the presentations later.
- Smalll local publishers should get closer to readers than to booksellers (yikes—general unease at this one)
- Ben Vershbow: Boundaries are being blurred for books as bound items (except as fetish object)
- Globalization as two way street really only applies to English language market—for non-English speakers, it’s one channel in but no real channels out.
More on the way! Get up to the minute updates at twitter.com/booknet_canada