Sebastian Olma was the main keynote speaker at the Creativity Knowledge Cities conference in Bristol.
The conference at the University of the West of England (UWE) was about exploring the contradictions at the heart of relationships between universities and the creative sector.
In his talk, Olma discussed the role of serendipity in the creative transformation of our HE institutions. Can serendipity serve as a guiding principle for a pedagogics of creativity and innovation? And what kind of serendipity are we actually talking about when referring to the creative industries? Are the creative industries capable of delivering accidents of the disruptively generative kind? Does it entail the sagacity that would recognize truly disruptive potential? And what does “disruption” mean anyway, if it is understood in a non-reductive, non-Californian sense of the term?