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The development of the creative economy has been heralded as the saviour of the modern city. Urban centres today appear to be more pleasant and vibrant places to live, work and play. What could possibly be wrong with having a strong cultural economy, lots of arts and culture, a vibrant nightlife and a healthy tourism trade? Who doesn’t want to live in a creative city? It appears counter-intuitive to argue against urban creativity. In fact, cities not progressing in this direction can be constructed as culturally deficient ( Evans, 2017 : 315), creatively

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199 TEN Probation practice and creativity in England and Wales: a complex systems analysis Aaron Pycroft Introduction The Probation Service in England and Wales occupies a unique role in the delivery of criminal justice, with probation staff having multiple roles, including being agents of public protection and enforcement, as well as promoters of rehabilitation and looking after the needs of the victims of crime. To fulfil these roles, the Probation Service has always worked across boundaries and, as argued by Gough (2010, p 21), this position ‘has made

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Part III Approaching creativity and ethics through collaboration and co- creation 92

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181 EIGHT Asset mapping and civic creativity Katerina Alexiou, Emma Agusita, Giota Alevizou, Caroline Chapain, Catherine Greene, Dave Harte, Gail Ramster and Theodore Zamenopoulos Introduction Throughout this book creative citizenship is explored theoretically and empirically as a concept that intrinsically leads to value generation. Acts of creative citizenship bring personal, cultural, economic, social and civic benefits, not only to individuals and communities directly involved in these acts, but also to the wider public. So, hyperlocal blogs may

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philosophical discussion of doctrinal problems. The polymath Michael Young , by contrast, found a lifetime inspiration in Dartington and its encouragement of individual creativity and enterprise, learning small-business enterprise alongside painting and pottery. In between, the focus was on inculcating a broad middle-class culture. This could result in trampling on the feelings of pupils from working-class homes. Thus, the sociologist Janet Finch resents how at Merchant Taylors’ School she was forced to drop her Liverpool accent. ‘The one thing which they did do, which I

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147 13 Creativity and solidarity as method: the example of Missing and other stories The partnership between academic research, youth work and creative arts practice was critical to the success of this research into loneliness. The immersive theatre performance Missing is presented in detail in this chapter to show how collaboration and creativity were harnessed before, during and after the performances to enable a living response to loneliness and friendship. Missing was an immersive theatre performance that explored the way loneliness emerges in the

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Proactivity refers to a set of self-starting, action-oriented behaviours aimed at taking initiative in improving the current circumstances or creating new situations (Crant, 2000 ; Unsworth and Parker, 2003 ). Being proactive in teams is critical since proactivity can help the team members to master change in complex and uncertain work environments (Griffin, Neal, and Parker, 2007 ; Wu and Wang, 2015 ). Within the components of proactivity, the self-starting facet is closely related to creativity, since it involves identifying problems and generating novel

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249 ELEVEN Later-life gardening in a retirement community: sites of identity, resilience and creativity Evonne Miller, Geraldine Donoghue, Debra Sullivan and Laurie Buys Editorial introduction This chapter explores the experience of gardening in later life, focusing on how older people who move to a retirement community maintain or reinterpret their gardening identity. The authors discuss how gardening is a site of identity, creativity and resilience in ageing: a strategy for defining and maintaining ‘body, mind and spirit’ in their new home

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Co-creating for engagement

There is an urgent need to rethink relationships between systems of government and those who are ‘governed’. This book explores ways of rethinking those relationships by bringing communities normally excluded from decision-making to centre stage to experiment with new methods of regulating for engagement.

Using original, co-produced research, it innovatively shows how we can better use a ‘bottom-up’ approach to design regulatory regimes that recognise the capabilities of communities at the margins and powerfully support the knowledge, passions and creativity of citizens. The authors provide essential guidance for all those working on co-produced research to make impactful change.

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25 TWO leadership in ‘learning organisations’: organisational culture and creativity With contributions from Niall Daly Introduction Chapter One provided a broad introduction to some of the critical debates about what is considered ‘leadership’ in social work and social care. Leadership constitutes complex phenomenon dependent on a critical evaluation of its context. By drawing on a wider source of literature and a more diverse knowledge base, we now consider these complex concepts associated with leadership given the abundant literature on leadership. Wide

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