Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society
Edited By Hubert Knoblauch, Mark D. Jacobs and René Tuma
II. Creativity and Communication
II Creativity and Communication “Anybody got an idea?” Communicative Forms, Roles and Legitimations in the Communicative Genesis and Negotiation of Social Innovations ANIKA NOACK Is Civil Society innovative? Locally Initiated Innovations for the Spatial Development of Problematised Urban Quarters1 “Longing for the novel” (Güntner 2004, p. 5), the preference for the new, “is virulent in public discourses and becomes the general model for social development” (Güntner 2004, p. 5). Societal developments are, in this sense, strongly connected to processes of innovation. Inno- vative social change is becoming a “message of salvation.” This “im- perative of innovation” is reproduced by the mass media, for one hard- ly finds a newspaper or news program that does not stress the topic of innovation. Innovations are commonly thought to be economic or technical. However, such a narrow understanding of the term ignores the fact that social innovations are becoming increasingly important and relevant to society (cf. Howaldt & Jacobsen 2010, p. 9). One rarely has in mind ordinary members of civil society as typical social “agents of innovation.” Their ability to solve problems through innovations has so far been understated. However, as a sphere situated between the apparatus of state and market-driven interests (cf. Adloff 2005, p. 8), autonomous processes of self-organisation and self-admi- nistration in associations of civil society should not be neglected as a “production site” for new, creative ideas (cf. Joas 1996, p. 374). Frank Moulaert (2010) has investigated the innovative potential of civil associations promoting development of problematised (urban)...