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Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy

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Policy Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for the Cultural and Creative Economy Future developments within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or the 4IR) entail a high level of complexity and uncertainty, particularly in relation to global economics of scale that indirectly have an impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). Digital transformation, as the 4IR is also know, will completely revolutionize the world’s governance, trade and social conditions. It is this factor which makes it possible to liken it to the industrial revolution. It will also do so at an unprecedented pace. Preparedness is key This paper addresses global trends and drivers for change through environmental scanning efforts within the 4IR that has a direct impact on the creative economy in general and the CCIs more specifically. A scenario-based strategic foresight methodology has been used to provide a basis for strategic visioning and long term planning for South Africa’s uptake of the 4IR with a particular reference to the CCIs.
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