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Charles Leadbeater on the creative economy

Charles Leadbeater looks at two different types of creative economies – the open and the closed organisation. He considers the assumptions and the applications of the two models and the breaking down of the closed approach. Libraries are precursors to open innovation and the public platforms for cumulative innovation. The media, traditional research organisations and knowledge-based professions such as doctors and teachers are in the middle of the innovation spectrum.

Charles is a corporate thinker, strategist and consultant who has spoken and published widely, recently concentrating primarily on innovation theory. In 2003, he released an important report on public libraries in the UK, called Overdue: how to create a modern public library service.