We live in a time of great challenge but also of great promise and opportunity. Today, for perhaps the first time in human history, we have the opportunity to align economic and human development. Indeed, our future economic prosperity turns on making the most of each and every human being’s talents and energies. But we cannot realize the full potential of this incredible age simply by relying on the natural evolution of the Creative Economy. Although it is the source of tremendous innovation and incredible economic potential, it leads inexorably to worsening economic and geographic inequality.
What is needed is a new Creative Compact - a Creative Economy analog to the great social compact of the 1930s, 40s and 50s which expanded and accelerated the Industrial Economy and led to the great golden-age of prosperity. The Creative Compact would expand participation in the Creative Economy to industrial and service workers, leverage new private and public investment in human infrastructure, restructure education around creative endeavor, bolster universities, provide mobile benefits, recast urban policy as a cornerstone of economic policy, and ensure that America remains an open and tolerant nation.
Fundamentally, at its core, the Creative Compact would ensure the right of each and every American to fully develop and utilize their creativity and fully express their values and identity.
Read the whole thing here: Download creative_compact.pdf
This is my attempt to outline an economic and social agenda for the Creative Economy. But the development of this agenda depends on the expertise and insights of many, many more people. It needs to be a bottom-up, open-source process.
Your comments and thoughts are very much needed on this critically important issue.