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The Madchester project grows into as leadership strategy or model for creativity? Could the Madchester effect become the next Bilbao effect as focus switches to re-regneration of the imagined city?



A comment on the leaderswedeserve blog:


  1. alexhough Hotaling Says:

    And now the creative culture is now taken into cyberspace.

    Individuals being creative will have to examine how they construct their identities, and city policy makers decide how and if they want to extend their city’s real culture into virtual worlds.

    How this creativity is underpinned theoretically may be of some use in designing avatars in the future, especially for youth markets.

    The legacy of Madchester is informing my work at the Manchester Avatar Designs project. Contributions are welcome. The Manchester Avatar Design wiki wiki web is experimental. It is hoped that creative process is made visible and some collective creativity is enabled because of this.



Madchester is mentioned in the leaderswedeserve blog in the context of creativity and leadership. The whole post is reproduced below. The section highlighted mentions Madchester. My intention is to 'remix' the infomation, perhaps echoing the mixing styles of pinoeering  Madchester DJsHacienda DJs practice of playing two records at the same time and the role of digital sampling in the prodction of the music.  Here a the source information from a Wordpress blog is insterted into PB wiki. The reader should be able to tell what is from where due to the typographic style of the text fragments, an accidental reference to the typographic experiments of the surealists and later letrists : both influences on Situationsim, Punk and 'Madchester' (whatever that may be)
 The blog post relates to a slideshare:
Now creative culture can  taken into cyberspace.  People being creative will have to examine how they construct their identities, and city policy makers decide how and if they want to extend their city's real culture into virtual worlds. How this creativity is underpinned theortically may be of some use in desgining avatars in the future.
The Madchester  period produced some thought leaders. Tony Wilson and the Factory records project, Ian Brown and the Stone Roses.
Perhpas the legacy of madchester in Second Life URBIS, the Futuresonic Festival.
(There have been accademic analysis of the Madchester phenomenon - how to find it???)
  1. Decca Aitkenhead, The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E (4th Estate, Limited, 2003).
The first journalist to interview Alan Johnson wrote a book about her travels arround the world in an attempt to discover a similar culture to Manchester duirng the Madchester Period.  She was refereced in an Ali G sketch / intervention in an early out of character comment  by Sasha Barron Coen. Aitkinhead wanted to show her new husband the delights of extascy culture which she believed had shaped her life outlook during her time at Manchester University. She didn't find a similar culture anywhere, not even Detroit, the home of House music, a type of electronic dance music.
       2. Foo :  A selection of papers, interdisicplinary:  sociological changes, gay, working class, student crowds.  rejection of alcohol culture and tradional 4 peice guitar music.  Embracing of late 1960s psychodellica, surealism and holistic / non religious spiritualism.  find book via futuresonic? Drew Hemnet's online phd?

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madchester has a view which is not so contraversial or contested in the city.

Impact on Manchester

The cultural impact of Madchester within its home city and surrounding administrative areas was significant, although hard to assess in the long-term.

The mushrooming of Manchester's nightlife has certainly had a long-term impact, particularly with the subsequent development of the Gay Village and Northern Quarter. City centre living is also something that began to catch on in Manchester in the wake of Madchester. The city centre had not been seen as a residential area, but by 1994, high-end flats were selling for over a million pounds. The growth in the residential market in the centre of the city continues to this day.

The attraction of the city was such that, at the height of Madchester in 1990, the University of Manchester was the most sought-after destination for university applicants in the UK, a position shared year-on-year by Oxford and Cambridge in the normal course of things.



Ideas to develop which need removing from this page, but I want to be part of the text : <idea> class="wanting more to expand" keywords="Pollock, stochastic, jazz, gugemheim, Stone Roses, concection between Duchamp and Pollock, abstract expressionism, Cage, Duchamp, Dada"
It is interesting that the Jackson Pollock image is used to represent creativity: Wordpress founder Mr. Mulwaig(??? check)

 From leaderswedeserve 

Creativity has always been a powerful attribute of successful leaders. This has become more obviously the case over the last few decades, as leaders are seen to be engaged in creating visions, strategies, products, designs, businesses, and even creative networks. Change involves creative individuals, teams, organizations, and clusters or communities

This post accompanies a presentation on creativity and leadership (fostering creativity) [embeded above]


Creativity has pervaded so many aspects of all our lives. It transcends business life, as it transforms it, and in many of its manifestations it can be linked with leadership.

Definitions, definitions

Like leadership, creativity has acquired a bucket-load of definitions. One explanations of their shared profusion is that both cut across a range of academic and practical domains, so that ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ definitions have not yet successfully been reconciled. (Will they ever be?)

However, in preparing this, I was somewhat encouraged to find myself able to condense down a lot of the definitions into two robust ones that serve to capture much of the variety. Borrowing from various sources, I offer the all-purpose general suggestion that:

‘Creativity is concerned with discovery processes leading to new and unexpectedly valuable ideas’.

The second suggestion is that creativity occurs when somneone is

‘Looking where all have looked, and seeing what no one has seen’.

Looking but not seeing

The looking and seeing definition is an old favourite of mine. It captures the received wisdom that a creative act for someone, a moment of insight, occurs because many others have looked but not seen. I seem to remember a quote from Lord Chesterton who confided in a letter that ‘from a hayloft, a horse looks like a violin’. The violin/horse in the presentation illustrates the noble Lord’s insight.

More significantly, the history of creative discovery relates of numerous people who were the first to see something that subsequently established as true (or, in an even more philosophically complex description, ‘truly creative’).

From Archimedes to Alexander Fleming; from Newton, to Mme Curie; from the little boy who saw that the Emperor had no clothes, all have been hailed for their significant moments of insight.

Theories of creativity

The insight school of creativity is but one among various sub-sets within cognitive psychology. Humanistic psychologists have contributed self-actualizing and transcendent theories. Information scientists have offered data-processing models. From rather different directions, we have natural scientists taking an evolutionary stance, and creationists offering their own theological interpretations.

Creativity in action

I want move from more refined theory into creativity in action. In doing so, I borrow a neat taxonomy which I learned from the Hungarian scholar Istvan Magyari-Beck. Isvan proposed some years ago that a new discipline of creatology could be developed, which could be structured into levels of the individual, group, organization and culture.

At each level, different issues arise, although there remains an overriding practical concern that requires some theoretical grounding at each level: How might creativity be fostered?

The creative individual

Magyari-Beck indicated that most studies have been at the level of the creative individual. This was true in the 1980s, and is only marginally different today. One difference is acceptance (particularly through the impact of the work of Teresa Amabile) that creativity is essentially a socially-constructed phenomenon.

Another shift parallel one in leadership research. For as long as they had been studied, Leaders were considered exceptional individuals, with special inherent traits. Only around the 1960s did the trait view of the exceptional leader soften into the situational and contextual view. Even today, the leader as ‘somebody very special’ is a widely-held belief.

Likewise, the creative individual was for a long time considered to be inspired and gifted. Around the time leadership was taking on a more egalitarian hue, educationalists and humanistic psychologists were exploring ‘everyday creativity’. Maslow, Carl Rogers, Fromm and others introduced a wide audience to the notion that ‘we are all creative and have the capacity to achieve that potential’.

The creative group

The creative group has become the shock-force for organizational change. More and more non-routine tasks are conducted in projects. Project teams are expected to show creative skills while seeking goals or targets of the wider organization.

Tuckman’s celebrated four-stage model suggested that all teams develop and change, until they achieve the norm of an effective team work. Rickards & Moger and co-workers at Manchester wondered how teams might be able to outperform expected behaviors. Their answer was through creative efforts which broke through behavioural and structural barriers.

The Creative organization

The creative organization was the subject of one of the earliest texts on creativity. However, it took the rise of the so-called Creative Industries to accelerate interest in such institutional forms. Today, the largest players in the world of electronic, communication and entertainment technologies have exploded into economic and social importance.

Nevertheless, we do well to remember that creative organizations can compete successfully in what appears to be rather ill-favored origins. Toyota, and the Chinese multi-national Haier come to mind.

The Creative culture

And so we reach the highest level of complexity in Magyari-Beck’s taxonomy. His own country had been at one time a hotspot of creative culture. Hotspots from ancient cultural clusters in China, Mesopotamia, Athens, Paris moved to modern hotspots including Cambridge (England and New England), Silicon Valley, even, some say, ‘Madchester’.

Peter Kawalek and his team seem to be rescuing the creativity in Manchester from the Madness.

The still-controversial social scientist Richard Florida is mapping the creative hot spots of the world in increasingly in-depth studies.

To go more deeply

This brief voyage around the world of creativity leaves too many ports of call unvisited. I hope to collect the views of several audiences (including blog readers) which will lead to suggestions for other perspectives.


Madchester Videos
Filmed in 1990, extracts from a video about the Manchester Music Scene, Factory and the Hacienda


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Coming soon to the labs : An element of the 'pseud' is part of the Madchester strategy of being.



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