Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?

Creativity and Innovation: The Role of Philanthropy

Creativity and innovation: The role of philanthropy

This chapter discusses the role of philanthropy in cultural expression, creativity and innovation, suggesting that this interplay in the context of globalization is more complex than might first appear. Foundations are indeed subject to global homogenizing trends in the way in which they work – their standards and processes – but this does not (yet) necessarily imply a similar homogeneity in what they fund. While some philanthropic giving reflects homogenizing trends there are at least four factors that limit these: the variety of philanthropic structures; real and imagined legal restrictions restricting global reach; a variety of approaches and purposes in funding artistic and cultural expression; and the resistant creativity of, in particular, ...

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