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From networks to complexity - Creative Citizens project

Sobers, Shawn; Harte, Dave


Shawn Sobers
Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice

Dave Harte


From Networks to Complexity: two case studies from the AHRC Creative Citizens project. From the noticeboard in the newsagent’s window to multi-layered online networks using social networking technologies, citizens are increasingly accessing networks of support that uncover previously invisible opportunities.

Such networks exist online and offline, facilitated in part by the use of social networking platforms but also through the everyday face-to-face interactions of localities. These networks are complex and dynamic and in this chapter we present two case studies where the micro-level actions of creative citizens generate impact within their communities and beyond.

We consider how such actions, supported by and amplified by networks, often have wider impacts for the creative economy and for the relationship between citizens and those in power.


Sobers, S., & Harte, D. (2015, December). From networks to complexity - Creative Citizens project. Paper presented at DCRC Cultural Value Seminars, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name DCRC Cultural Value Seminars
Conference Location Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
Start Date Dec 10, 2015
End Date Dec 10, 2015
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2015
Publication Date Dec 10, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords creative citizens, diy culture, social media, community media, youth media, co-production, community led design, networks, asset mapping, complexity theory, social mobility, safe spaces, attributed sites, sites of sanctum, specific sites
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : DCRC Cultural Value Seminars - #6