Known for its unconventional and consensus-based approaches and attitudes, the Netherlands has likewise fostered a creative industry that breaks with tradition. Combining forces of art and industry, creative innovation is explicit government policy, as its initiatives value and promote the arts as a means of stimulating economic development, social engagement and public dialogue. Democratizing and cooperative government cultural policy efforts yield intriguing results, such as programs that promote emerging artists and designers, turn unoccupied properties over to artists to revamp slumping neighborhoods, and fund international travel for cultural diplomacy. Concurrently, a 'typically Dutch' disposition towards collaboration breeds distinctive types of non-governmental or affiliated institutions and organizations. These often function as creative 'think tanks' that initiate or facilitate cross-sector partnerships and projects amongst those in the artistic, educational, economic, and scientific fields as they create opportunities for professional advancement, entrepreneurship and life learning. Learning from this synergistic atmosphere of collective knowledge and collaborative creativity, effective and innovative strategies for the reciprocal prosperity of art and society can be implemented locally.