The Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2021 is broadcast via online livestream from 13 – 17 September 2021. Register now for free, add your favourite events to your calendar and do not miss an experience of new insights, inspiring discussions and pioneering thinkers and doers sharing their knowledge and expertise.
In over 150 sessions, including formats such as Panels, Fireside Chats, Interviews, Lightning Talks, Project Profiles, Barcamps and our popular daily Highlight Hour – we will bring together over 400 speakers. Click on the button below to see the Festival 2021 programme calendar.
This year’s programme focuses on four central areas of transformation and systemic change
What examples of innovation have been driven by a new, radically different way of looking at a challenge? How can the reframing of a question or issue help to expand the realms of possibility?
Reframing can help solve problems in new ways, as when knife crime was defined less as a crime and more as a public health issue. Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) did precisely this, labelling crime a “disease affecting communities”, and saw a dramatic decrease in violent crime as a result. At times and perhaps less often than we think inspirational leaders can play a catalytic role in shifting a system – such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King, or more recently Greta Thunberg.
What are concepts, methods and working methods that have opened doors and solved issues in new and creative ways? Which should be considered more broadly as drivers of change and innovation (Open Source, Transdisciplinarity, Participation, …)?
New concepts can drive change when it forces you to look at the world differently often encapsulating a hidden problem or potential. Think – sustainability, it shifted our focus onto our eco-system and how everything is interconnected and mutually influencing each other either in virtuous or vicious cycles. Resilience, the capacity of a system to recover from shock, is another concept, which demands that we assess things across all of its impacts.
What innovation and long-term & lasting changes have been triggered by crisis, including but not limited to the Covid19 pandemic? What does it take to properly leverage a crisis as an opportunity for modernisation – and what makes systems resist change even in face of incredible pressure?
Crisis, typically, is the most powerful catalyst of change and the pandemic is an extraordinary one. Here we understand that business as usual will not get us to where we need to be. It generates urgency. It is can be an opportunity in disguise. Sudden the impossible can seem possible. Disruptive technologies like digitisation are another. Often these inventions are created by outsiders not hidebound by the existing way of doing things, which existing market leaders can be wedded to.
What are the positive changes that happen when the ‘mood’, the dominating point of view and values system within a society or organisation are challenged and transformed? What are examples of projects and concepts that would have been impossible to achieve such wide support and legitimacy if not for a fundamental change in culture and norms? (e.g. relating to climate protection)
A global mood can take hold and spread like a meme whose time has come, such as the acceptance of the ‘15-minute city’ idea. Jane Jacobs, in essence, advocated such a place and several organizations had long argued for walkable, accessible settlements as part of the ‘new urbanism’. It was taken seriously when Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, aligned with Carlos Moreno and made it the city’s strategy so pushing the idea into the global limelight. Large scale transformation crucially is a cultural project. Addressing the immense challenges and opportunities we face requires us to pause and reflect as to how people and places think, plan and act. It is cultural as it is about values, mindset, attitudes and hearts, minds and skills.