Three problems for Dutch creative industries
Last week, the Dutch ICT-weekly ‘Automatiseringsgids’ quoted Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs (Mr. Laurens-Jan Brinckhorst) as he said that creative industries offer a chance for Dutch business. In particular, Minister Brinckhorst mentioned design and the games industry. He signalled three problems that need to be addressed:
- Creative industries are highly ‘individualized’ (a lot of small-scale entrepreneurs and little organization among those entrepreneurs). The creative industries need to get organized in order to attract (more) political attention.
- There is a rather rigid divide between artistic, non-commercial creative industries and the more commercially oriented creative industries. There is too little exchange of ideas between these two groups.
- The Dutch are not keen on rewarding excellence. In the egalitarian Dutch system, innovation is not stimulated enough.