Creative labor, from precarity to self organization (Seminar – 04/14)

New ways of organizing creative collaboration: an alternative to precarious labor conditions in the creative sector

– Angela McRobbie of Goldsmith’s College, London

– Bertram Niessen, Openwear.org/EduFashion, Milano

– Adam Arvidsson, Department of Social and Political Studies, University of Milano

After two decades of growth in the creative industries and of attempts on the part of major European metro-poles to brand themselves as ‘creative cities’, most large European cities find themselves in a situation where there is an oversupply of people wishing to enter into creative sectors and as a result high leveles of unemployement and precarious working conditions among creative workers. At the same time however, new ways of organizing creative collaboration, like Open Design and Open Business models, new legal formats, like Creative Commons, and new ways of organizing material production, Like Open Manufacturing are revolutionizing, from below, the ways in which creative production can unfold. In this seminar we will examine the extent to which such new orgnizational forms can offer an alternative to precarious labor conditions in the creative sector, and allow new kinds of productive self-organization to emerge.

The seminar will take the form of an open ended discussion between Angela McRobbie (Goldsmith’s College, London) who has done substantial research on creative work and creative entrepreneruship in London, and Bertram Niessen, of OpenWear.org/EudFashion, who has studied emerging Open Business models in fashion in Milan and Bangkok. Adam Arvidsson will introduce and moderate.

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