Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Context of Spillovers Within the Cultural and Creative Industries

The Case of Design Practice for Social Change
  • Lyudmila Petrova
Part of the FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship book series (FGFS)


This paper reveals the practice of cultural entrepreneurship in the context of innovation transfers through the realization of cultural and creative spillovers. It argues that in order to contribute to systematic and structural changes in other sectors, a new context is needed. The creation of a context, Klamer (Journal of Economic Methodology, 10(2), 191–212, 2003) suggests, involves a “deliberate valorization”—a process of development, enhancement and strengthening of certain values where the interdependencies among various stakeholders is of crucial importance. Taking this argument further, the paper analyzes the case study of Costruire Bellezza, which exemplifies knowledge spillovers from the design sector to the social service sector. It discusses the strategies cultural entrepreneurs undertake in order to generate and enhance economic, cultural and social value in a new context and, as such, generate social changes elsewhere. It also addresses the challenges that cultural entrepreneurs face while operating in a rapidly changing context.


Cultural entreprenuership Cultural and creative spillovers Innovation Design Valorization 



The author is grateful to the organizational team of Costruire Bellezza, and especially to Cristian Campagnaro (designer/architect) and Valentina Porcellana (anthropologist), who initiated and are running the project and for sharing their experience and thoughts on the project. The author is also thankful to the colleagues within the CREARE Foundation, with whom she undertook the impact evaluation of the project, financially supported by S-NODI (Turin). This work only reflects the author’s views.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CREARE Center for Research in Arts and EconomicsZwolleThe Netherlands

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