About the Next Renaissance project



The Next Renaissance is a movement and debate around the world that European stakeholders from the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) want to support and drive forward. To this end 50 partners collaborated since 2020 from across all sectors in the CCSI ranging from single artists, cultural initiatives and institutions, networks, associations and intermediaries up to SMEs, global corporations, universities and research institutes.

This collaboration spreads across the whole diversity of CCSI and is united in the belief that innovation and cross-innovation by the creative economy is the key to the future of Europe. Our mission is (cross-)innovation by creative economy, in short: ICE.

This ICE Consortium is coordinated and led by a team based in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany, supported by the NRW Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the State Ministry of Culture and Media – and most of all by organisations and individuals from Education, Research, Business and Civil Society in CCSI from all across Europe.

The ICE Consortium has applied for the call of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to set up a Knowledge and Innovation Community to the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries.

The Pictures of Egg and Chicken were used for the Cover and Backcover of the book. Both were created by Albertine Meunier & Frederic Mit


For this project would not have come to life without the help of great people

A project like this is always a collective adventure; this one in particular as we gathered contributions from all over Europe and beyond. But also, because we mixed talents: artists, writers, professors, businesspeople, technologists. We indeed wanted to give a flavor of diverse talents and ways of expressing their dreams for a creative and innovative Europe.

We want to deeply thank all authors, the publisher of the book and the organisations of the ICE Consortium.

A project like this also comes to life thanks to a dedicated team. Thank you to Lisa Reitinger, Aaron Eßelborn, Claudia Jericho, Johanna Breuckmann, Edward Beerbohm, Faustine Charles, Inès Saady, Matthias Hauser, Yannick Hofmann and Philipp Ziegler

We also want to thank our Editorial Board including Hasan Bakhshi, Nico Degenkolb, Laure Kaltenbach, Charles Landry, Alejandra Panighi, Pier Luigi Sacco and Sebastian Turner.

We are grateful to Odile Jacob Publishing for producing the book ›The Next Renaissance‹. More information: www.odilejacob.com


ICE Consortium

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