The Art of Risk

‘Risk’ is often both an ambition and barrier to vibrant youth content and activity.

Risk, experimentation and failure are all pillars within arts and education and is key to the transitional lives of young people, so if organisations want to give voice to young people they must consider how they support risk throughout all stages of their creative and management processes.

The Art of Risk symposium held by the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange at the University of Leeds and Opera North provided many useful provocations.

Nesta’s ‘Learning to Take Risks‘ Report also captured stakeholder and public consultation around the themes of innovation and risk.

“… innovation itself may not necessarily resonate as a concept. But new ideas and ways of working that make our lives better do inspire and excite a wide section of the public. The vast majority of the British public are positive about innovation, but only a third (our Futurists and Romantics) see it as intrinsically valuable. Other people are much more interested in the results of innovation, particularly in areas of tangible social value like healthcare and education.

“The public raise legitimate concerns when they talk about innovation, from questions of ethics and rights protection, to dealing with risks, and an increasing culture of disposability.” (Innovation Population: the UK’s views on innovation, Nesta report)




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