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Getting inside the creative voucher: The Platform 7 experience

Pratt, A.C. & McKieran, J. (2016). Getting inside the creative voucher: The Platform 7 experience. (1st ed.) In: Shiach, M. & Virani, T.E. (Eds.), Cultural Policy, Innovation and the Creative Economy. (pp. 217-229). Palgrave Macmillan UK.


As with the others in this collection this chapter explores the experience of using a creative voucher. However, here we take a different perspective by reflecting on the process rather than outcomes. In this chapter we view the voucher - and the policy of vouchers - as part of a wider process that may, or may not, engender knowledge exchange; which in turn may, or may not, be incorporated into a final product or process. Connectivity and time are necessary, but not sufficient, to explain knowledge exchange. The argument, as illustrated by the chapter, is that the other processes (intended and unintended) that surround (or constitute) the voucher need to be included in what we might call the ‘voucher experience’. This experience is where and when a relationship, knowledge and understanding are created; the situational dimension may in turn constitute which knowledge is coded useful by participants. This situated and contextual work is not peripheral or of secondary importance: it is central. Accordingly, we want to stress that people as well as cultural products were involved in this voucher, and it is the human interaction that we stress rather than products, or disembodied and decontextualised knowledge.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Pratt A, McKieran J.In Cultural Policy, Innovation and the Creative Economy. Editors: Shiach M, Virani T. 2017. Palgrave Macmillan. Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Culture & the Creative Industries
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