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? 

Creativity World Forum 2017 in Aarhus: Expand Your Creative Horizon!

In 2017 the Creativity World Forum takes place on the Danish shores for the first time. Set in Denmark’s rising city and the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus, the forum will be an immersive experience of creativity in context – a celebration of creativity.

Hong Kong Becomes a Member of the DC Network

During an international study visit in Noord-Brabant, Hong Kong was welcomed as the newest member of the Districts of Creativity Network.

The network was initiated by Flanders (Belgium) in 2004 as a group of regions around the world that put creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship high on the agenda. The exchange of knowledge an experiences supports the members in achieving the best conditions in their regions to create prosperity and well being through creativity and innovation.

Next to Hong Kong, the DC-Network exists of the following regions: Baden-Württemberg, Rhône-Alpes, Lombardy, Catalonia, Scotland, Central-Denmark, North-Brabant, Tampere, Oklahoma, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Karnataka and Flanders.

Pascal Cools, director of Flanders DC, the initiator and coordinator of the network is convinced by the added value of Hong Kong: “as a major gateway to Asia, Hong Kong can play an important part in the network. With events such as the Business of Design Week it has become an important creative business hub. The network and knowledge of our Hong Kong partner are a true asset for the DC-Network and we look forward to exchanging experiences and exploring cooperations. ”

William To, creative & programme director of PMQ, the organisation that represents Hong Kong in the network, also sees unique opportunities for Hong kong. “Hong Kong has always been a connector between the west and the east. We can share our experiences on creativity, but also learn from the other regions and countries across the world throughout this network.”

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