By Grant Hall
I was thrilled this morning to collect my copy of a great new book titled Digital transformation in the cultural and creative industries: production, consumption and entrepreneurship in the digital and sharing economy. Published by Routledge and edited by Marta Massi, Marilena Vecco and Yi Lin, it includes a chapter that I wrote with Professor Ruth Rentschler and Raman Voranau titled Digital workers, well-being and networking: the case of transformational festivals and the importance of co-creation.
According to Routledges’s website, the book ‘examines how digital transformation is changing the way the arts are produced and consumed… Leveraging a variety of research approaches, the book identifies managerial implications to render a collection that is valuable reading for scholars involved with arts and culture management, the creative industries and digital transformation more broadly’.
Our chapter builds upon the research I’ve been conducting into the links between innovation and the Burning Man event and we explore aspects of cocreation, networking and the well-being outcomes that attendees characteristically experience in relation to their engagement with the event. It highlights some of the personal and professional benefits that people can access through engagement with co-created arts activities, and how “spillovers” from such activities can aid entrepreneurship and innovation.
It’s an honour to have a chapter detailing my research in a book amongst such an esteemed list of scholars. I’d very much like to thank Ruth and Raman for writing the chapter with me, and also Marta, Marilena, Yi and the team at Routledge for providing me with the opportunity to share my research with a wide audience.