The creative industries are focused on intervening, causing and motivating. This motivation calls for the development of innovations that can shape the process of social change and upscaling. The creative professional's knowledge base provides the tools to realise interventions to this end: the Key Methodologies or Key Enabling Methodologies (KEMs).
The KEMs form the toolbox of the creative professional. These are methods, strategies, processes and tools with which the creative professional, across all disciplines of the creative industries and applicable in various fields, performs her work and realises impact.
KEMs help to determine direction and design goal, to go through the process systematically, to involve stakeholders, to elaborate an intervention and to test and validate. In addition, they help in communication with the client.
KEMs integrate knowledge from the humanities and social sciences with the opportunities that technological developments offer us and capture them in useful applications or interventions that achieve meaningful effects.
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You will find more in-depth information in the KEM research agenda. It sets out a broad definition of key methodologies (KEMs) and presents the most relevant categories of KEMs for mission-driven innovation: