Market of Ideas

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Working title: 'What has economics got to do with culture?'

Markets are good at convening and distributing resources.

Based on the model of the ancient bazzaar, Critical Practice will organise a Market of Ideas in which 'stalls' staffed by artists, anthropologists, economists and others exchange their knowledge with the milling crowd.

Participants will include (we are adding as we convene):
FoE draft letter to participants

Lisa Bachelor (Financial correspondent for the Observer)

A wish list of particpants

• Person from nef's 'Centre for Global Interdependence' that has ideas about food waste - MA has contacted / will chase

• Evan Davis (BBC Economics Editor)

• Stephanie Flanders (Newsnight's Economics Editor)

This section is to try and clarify what our sense of the market is and how it might work? This will help us to engage our economists and approach any 'experts'.

We have a working title 'What has economics got to do with culture?' though Isobel rightly points out that Niccolo's question was more like 'What is cultural about economics?'

If and when to have a post-dinner meeting?
To discuss and develop ideas for 'stalls', develop the below

The CP session
What day is it on: ?
What time: ?
What is the format of the CP session: ?
Will we have an introduction?
Will we have a discussion - in what form?

What is our role?
My sense is that each of us, through the dinner conversation and other research, may develop an interest in line with the topic. Mary Anne suggests submitting name of interest. I suggest that this amounts to a gesture: 'I would like to see X viewpoint represented in the market and undertake to make it happen' ('expert' optional).

How do experts participate in the market?

In the abstract we say the crowd is milling - what kind of exchange will this allow for?
Will the market benefit from a 'surgery' format similar to musical chairs - each concession has a 15 minute time slot. The crowd will be forced to choose which to visit.

What do we see as our responsibility to the crowd?
Are we in danger of leaving people hanging - so 'what do I do with this knowledge?'

What constitutes a 'stall' - the nature of the stalls/concessions?
Can each offering be devised in such a way to become a resource i.e. experienced remotely. This means the market is freeer - there is limited exclusion from the Ideas e.g those manning the stalls, negative choices, absentees. Also, provided material is available in advance, 'experts' involved in the stalls would have knowledge of the other arguments for discussion.

Will CP offer a flat-fee to develop resource-oriented ideas for the market?

What about costs e.g. travel?
Niccolo says they have some funds left to pay people to come

Niccolo says there will be a publication and documentation but perhaps we can consider our own needs (for institutional output and 'open source' resources e.g. publication).

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