Professor George Kuk Inaugural Lecture

In the Footsteps of Creative Altruists: Hackers, Digital Fabbers, and Street Artists

George Kuk
Public lectures

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Kuk will show how digitization enables the support and emergence of a new class of creative altruists in technology, art and design, driven initially by pro-social rather than economic values. How do these creative altruists impact change by bridging the public-private boundaries in the creative economy?

  • From: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 5.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7 pm
  • Registration: 5.00 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 12.00 pm

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In the Footsteps of Creative Altruists: Hackers, Digital Fabbers, and Street Artists

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Kuk will show how digitization enables the support and emergence of a new class of creative altruists in technology, art and design, driven initially by pro-social rather than economic values. How do these creative altruists impact change by bridging the public-private boundaries in the creative economy?

The creative use of digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures has transformed not only the ways we work, collaborate and innovate but also how we contribute to the common goods. The lecture will draw on three bodies of empirical work from open source software, 3D printing, and mural/graffiti arts to illustrate how creative altruists have forged novel forms of organising and practice for innovation to redefine the traditional boundaries and outcomes of entrepreneurship through networks, communities and ecosystems.

Professor George Kuk, Nottingham Business School

Professor Kuk holds a PhD in psychology from University of Nottingham. Since 2016, he has held the position of Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Nottingham Business School.

He leads the Innovation, Digitization, Entrepreneurship and Operations (IDEO) research group. His publications are primarily in the areas of technology and innovation. Some of his work has been appeared in leading journals such as Management Science, Technology Forecasting & Social Change, Government Information Quarterly, and Information Systems Journal, among others.

His work draws on insights from the studies of user and open innovation, and theories of collective action to explore the governance of the coproduction of open source software, hardware, data and design. In particular, his research examines the behavioural manifests of creativity among a new class of creative altruists and entrepreneurs. His research entails the use of mixed methods and ethnography study of this new form of organising and practice by bridging the digital and the physical as a co-working space, and also by combining the pro-social and the market logic as a semi-common.

He has received multiple research grants from the UK research councils including AHRC, EPSRC, and British Academy, and from international funding agencies such as VINNOVA, and CAPES. Some of his current research involves international collaboration on research projects such as: blockchain and food security in South Africa, and heritage and street art in Malaysia.

Programme

5.00 pmRegistration and welcome refreshments
5.30 pmInaugural lecture
6.30 pmDrinks reception
7.00 pmEvent close

Booking information

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Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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