Creative Collaboration across Scotland: Building an Appetite for Innovation

Deborah Maxwell, Simon Biggs

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Rural Scotland encompasses a significant proportion of Scotland’s landmass, population, and economy. However, public funding and opportunities for those living in rural locations (whether accessible or remote rural) are markedly less than those living in urban environments. Design in Action (DiA), a multi-institution knowledge exchange project, is attempting to address this balance by drawing on design thinking and design methods to enable and provoke innovation and entrepreneurial capacity across five key industry sectors in Scotland, including Rural Economies and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
This paper notes the potential of digital technologies to support and become enabling forces for economic growth in rural communities, and proposes an ethos of ‘creative collaboration’ as a means to imbue communities with a genuine sense of ownership of the digital tools they develop and harness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESRS Congress, Florence 29 July - 1 August 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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