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Cultural Wisdom and Positive Creativity

Culture is the accumulation of ways of thinking and doing things—life wisdom—that are passed down from generations to generations in various forms. It carries the core values that represents human’s life design. Positive creativity is a way of seeing innovation, which is often initiated in response of a problem (reactivity to negativity), as a proactive mean to promote better living without the need of preceding problems. We believe that “Cultural Wisdom” and “Positive Creativity” are the core elements cultural and creative industries that promote the productions or reproductions of cultural work with deeply-rooted values and the creations of creative work with novelty, uniqueness, and originality. Recognizing their role as the central triggers to the development of cultural and creative industries, the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries has selected “Cultural Wisdom and Positive Creativity” as the main topic for the first issue of its second volume and the theme for its first international conference.

This issue is published to open the second year of publication for the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries, together with the journal’s first international conference to celebrate this milestone. The 2014 International Conference of Culture and Creativity is the first international conference organized by the journal and it will be held on 1-5 December 2014 in Tainan, Taiwan. Following Confucius’ words of wisdom, 己所不欲勿施於人 (“Do not impose to others things that we dislike”), the conference prepares activities and things which we love. The conference is designed as a ‘traveling conference’ to provide first-hand experiences of places that represent Tainan’s cultural and creative industries. This year, the conference is supported by two major players of cultural and creative industries in Tainan: Chi Mei New Museum (a private museum supported by Taiwan’s industry giant, Chi Mei Corporation which is yet to be opened for public) and Ten Drums Cultural Village (an abandoned sugar refinery turned into the first international arts village with drum theme in Asia). The conference activities will also be hosted at two new platforms of collaboration in cultural and creative industries: C-Hub (the Creativity, Human, Urban and Building Environment, the new borderless campus in National Cheng Kung University that connects the university, community, and the city) and Dutch Design Post (a platform to connect Dutch designers and Taiwan designers).


The conference received 136 proposals from 22 countries and manuscripts with strong relevance to the themes were recommended for consideration of publication in the journal. This issue includes six articles. Jie LI, Arnold P. O. S. VERMEEREN, and Huib de RIDDER explored the crowd experience and crowd management and visualize the crowd activities using the designerly ways and illustrated their findings retrieved from a cross-disciplinary project named EWiDS in the Netherlands. SITI MASTURA Md Ishak, RAHMAH Bujang, and NOR AZLIN Hamidon’s study extracted the philosophy behind the design characteristics and functional application of a Malay hand combat artifact from a design perspective. Stephanie Beck COHEN’s article analyzes the roles of women quilt artists in rebuilding communities in post-conflict Liberia. Carla DE UTRA MENDES and José Manuel SIMÕES’ essay brought up the issues related to the transformation of Hong Kong and Macau into creative cities and how the Special Administrative Regions fit in the greater scheme of China’s reformation plan. Sylvia Xihui LIU’s article presented different approaches and definitions of design management in the United Kingdom, United States, and Japan, with the analyses based on the cultures, national policies, and manufacturing histories of the three countries. Finally, Yi-Ping LIN’s article revealed the survey result of Taipei citizens’ cultural consumption and participation in 2013.


We would like to thank all the reviewers and editors who have contributed their time and all the members of IJCCI Editorial Team who have made the publication of this journal possible. We really hope you enjoy the journal and look forward to seeing you in the conference.


Ding-Bang LUH

Editor -in-Chief