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How does it work?
10 years after Richard Florida

Organza Final Conference, 6 November 2012, Bremen, Germany

Reinhard Büscher

Dr Büscher was born in 1952 in Lower Saxony in Germany; he holds bachelor degree and Ph.D. in Economics. Before joining the EC in 1989, he worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Germany for nine years. In the European Commission, he has been working in different areas, such as a Member of the Cabinet of Bangemann, a special Adviser for Industrial Aspects of the Information Society, Head of Unit for Standardization, for Industrial Aspects of Electronic Commerce, for E-Business, ICT industries and services, for Innovation Policy Development and since January 2008, Head of Unit for Support for Industrial Innovation. Dr Büscher is married since 1972 and has one daughter. He is a passionate mountaineer and grandfather.

Charles Landry

Charles Landry developed the concept of the ‘creative city’ and is an international authority on the future of cities and the creative use of resources in urban revitalization. Charles helps cities transform their thinking so they can plan their future with greater purpose and originality. He helps find original solutions to seemingly intractable urban dilemmas such as marrying innovation and tradition, balancing wealth creation and social cohesiveness, or local distinctiveness and a global orientation. A well-known speaker, Charles Landry has written several books including, The Creative City and The Art of City Making.

Cyriel Kortleven

25 words to describe Cyriel: new shoes today, international speaker, master of interaction, facilitator, inspirator, creativity, improvisation, experience time, brainstormsessions, Knight of NOW, author, human being, in eternal development, present. Cyriel makes people more conscious of the opportunities in life. He is an international speaker in the domain of creativity and innovation. He gives workshops and presentations in creative skills and attitude and the breaking of fixed thinking patterns. Cyriel moves people in a literally and figurative way by means of a combination of creativity and improvisation - also brought together in the succesful dutch book 'And ... Action!' (English version is coming).

Esther Ruiten

Esther Ruiten is the project coordinator of the Organza-project on behalf of the City of Arnhem in the Netherlands, lead Partner of the Organza-network. Esther works as a senior advisor at the Department of Employment, Economy and Culture of the City of Arnhem. Before this, she worked at several economic departments of other govermental autorities in the Netherlands. In the last years she has been operating in the field of creative industries with a special focus on fashion and design: a strong economic cluster in Arnhem. Esther has a lot of expercience with European programmes and projects such as ERDF, URBACT, EFS-EQUAL and Interreg.  

Klaus Overmeyer

Klaus Overmeyer (°1968) is urban catalyst and landscape architect based in Berlin. He set up his own practice Studio UC in 2005 as a spin-off  of the EU funded research project Urban catalyst (2001-2003) on potentials of temporary uses for urban revitalization.Within the complex processes of urban change, Studio UC develops new models for the design and use of spaces in transformation. At the interface of urban development and creative economies the office explores innovative strategies for an user based urbanism. Klaus Overmeyer is prizewinner of the national award for landscape architecture 2003. Since 2010 he is professor for landscape architecture at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. www. studio-uc.de

Andreas Krüger

Since 2012 Andreas Krüger is CEO of the Modulor Projekt GmbH and conducted several urban development projects with focus on culture media and creative industries. He is initiator of the culture and creative centre “Planet Modulor”. Andreas Krüger is consultant for local and regional authorities, chambers, NGOs as well as companies, networks and foundations. As a adviser of the urban development project “Holzmarkt” and consultant of the creative quarter “Oberhafen Hamburg” Krüger is also active in promoting innovation.

Benoit Dalbert

Benoît Dalbert provides assistance to potential applicants, is involved in the assessment procedure and monitors the approved projects. He is also the main contact person within the JTS for IP East and West. Before joining the INTERREG IVC JTS in October 2007, Benoît worked for one year in the French public administration as Policy Officer for cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. Benoît holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin (PL) as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science & European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris (FR). He also studied at Warsaw University (PL), Freie Universität Berlin (DE), and INALCO (FR). He speaks French, English, German and Polish.

Carsten Hokema

Carsten Hokema is an expert for entrepreneurship and creative strategies. He founded Innodate as an interdisciplinary workshop for business development.Carsten Hokema studied architecture and worked as a teacher and research fellow at the architectural departement of the Technical University Berlin. His new research focus is the entrepreneurial approach within the business activities of the creative class.

Christopher Hall

Chris Hall runs The Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a purpose built germinator and incubator unit created to help students, graduates and staff to develop high growth creative, knowledge and technology based start-up businesses. The Hive also leads on embedding entrepreneurship into the university curriculum. He is also on the Board of Enterprise Educators UK. Previously, Chris worked for 35 years in a wide range of companies throughout British Industry from “blue chip” to SMEs, in sectors ranging from heavy engineering to soft drinks and from building products to plastics. He has managed subsidiary operations for major PLCs and has also run his own small business consultancy.

Reinhard Büscher
Charles Landry
Cyriel Kortleven
Esther Ruiten
Klaus Overmeyer
Andreas Krüger
Benoît Dalbert
Carsten Hokema
Chris Hall