Apply now for DCLivingLab 2018: a unique journey into creativity and innovation

DCLivingLab is a five day international student exchange program on creativity and innovation, powered by the Districts of Creativity Network. DCLivingLab gives creative students the opportunity to work hands-on in an international team on a concrete business or societal related challenge and to be inspired by world renowned innovation and creativity experts. Apply now as a student and sharpen your creative thinking skills, learn how to interact in teams and work with stakeholders in a real setting!

DCLivingLab will take place from Sept 24-28 in Antwerp (Belgium) during Supernova (,  a one-of-a-kind international conference where visionary solutions, technologies and insights come together.

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Impressions of the DCLivingLab 2017

Along with the Creativity World Forum 2017 in Aarhus (Denmark), more than 50 students from all over the world gathered in the DCLivingLab, a 5-day international masterclass in urban challenges. Two Belgian participants, Ellen Comhaire and Sebastiaan Van De Casteele, held a journal during the DCLivingLab with their impressions. Read their story here.

This was the Creativity World Forum 2017

“Expect the unexpected,” has got to be the unofficial baseline of the Creativity World Forum, and that makes it hard to capture in words. It is the flagship conference on creativity and annual gathering of the Districts of Creativity Network. This year’s edition took place in Aarhus, Denmark.

Every time again the CWF empowers its attendees with a drive to harnass the power of creativity for a better society. This time it was designer Stefan Sagmeister‘s passionate talk on the importance of beauty, Google creative director Steve Vranakis’ quest, as a son of Greek immigrants, to do something back for the immigrants that arrive at Greece’s shorelines. Or Researcher Vivienne Ming’s fascinating world of machine learning for the better and architect Indy Johar’s manifesto for a more inclusive society where everybody is empowered to work on democracy.


But also the crazy world of Snask, a Swedish band & branding agency breathing creativity. Or the wry humor of urban planner Jan Gehl, who critised the way urban planning has been conducted the last fifty years.

“Creativity starts with being the best human explorer possible” – Tom Kelley (Ideo)

“20 years from now, all we need are creatives and explorers” said researcher Vivienne Ming: not knowledge, but lateral thinking, social skills and empathy are what’s needed for the future. “Creativity starts with being the best human observer possible”: Tom Kelley, ceo of world renowned innovation design agency Ideo called empathy one of the most important design thinking tools. At the same time Stefan Sagmeister  warned for pure functional thinking and added the power and importance of beauty in everything we create:  “form doesn’t follow function, beauty needs to be part of your quest as a designer”.

Along with the conference more than 60 students from over the world translated the words of the speakers into concrete projects and solutions in the DCLivingLab. During the international council of our network we shared regional strategies and projects on stimulating creativity.

The two days flew by. But behind the scenes we are already working on a new edition, because in 2018 the Creativity World Forum will again take place in Flanders, Belgium. Follow the latest updates on!

Check out the cool video and photos of the Creativity World Forum 2017 (CWF) in Aarhus, Denmark!

Expand your creative horizon at the Creativity World Forum 2017!

The  Creativity World Forum 2017 is getting closer! The flagship conference and gathering of the DC-Network brings together and inspires more than 2000 people to discuss creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship. Pioneering grassroots & industry leading giants will headline this year’s edition, organised in Aarhus (Denmark) by our fellow DC-colleagues of the Central-Denmark region. Discover the program and buy your ticket at!

Making cities for people: report on the Reverse Mission 2017 in Rio de Janeiro

From 27-30 June 2017 the Districts of Creativity Network’s ninth Reverse Mission took place in Rio de Janeiro, hosted by the city hall’s Institute Rio Human Patrimony (IRPH) and the Federation of Industries from the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN). The main theme of this study visit was “making cities for people”: how can creativity and innovation be fostered to tackle urban challenges? 

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