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The Debate on Cultural Infrastructure

March 28, 2011
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What, when and how to build a culturally relevant structure has been the great debate for many years.  It possibly hit its high point with the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao launching the great Bilbao effect theories.  With a global recession slowing development plans and foundations cutting back on capital funding a...
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Workshops to Galvanize Creative Communities

February 19, 2011
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Berkshire Creative, possibly one of the America’s leading advocates of the creative economy, is organizing a series of workshops to bring to life the best practice models of the creative industries.  This is the second series of such workshops. “Building upon last year’s Connecting Creative Communities summit in Providence, RI, co-sponsored by NEFA and...
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Milwaukee has Got it Right

January 21, 2011
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There is great news today coming from Milwaukee.  Not only has the city  launched a region wide creative economy initiative, Creativity Works!, which is intended to “to define, inventory, and measure the economic contribution of the region’s creative industries and to link and leverage them into a cohesive economic cluster.” But they have also...
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Washington, the Nation’s Second Largest Creative Cluster

January 17, 2011
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The collection of worldly types in the Washington DC metropolitan area aren’t only a demanding political bunch they are also a demanding cultural group as well.  With its massive grouping of universities, embassies and the highly educated the city now has a creative density that rivals America’s largest cities.  And it’s growing! A Washing...
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Mapping the Creative Industries in the UK

January 15, 2011
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BOP Consulting has just released a new map that demonstrates the concentration of workers in the creative industries in different region of the UK.  The map is interesting and so is the methodology. Here it is in their words, “ BOP’s maps show the percentage share of total workplace employment in local authority areas taken up by...
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Writing your own rules – why we need local definitions for Creative Industries – Part 2

October 12, 2010
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Hi Andrew, It is good to be back in touch. Thank goodness I stopped by your website before responding.  I had no idea our conversation was going directly online. With the internet archive around I’m usually a little more careful about what I say online as opposed to what I say in emails.  I’ve got...
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Writing your own rules – why we need local definitions for Creative Industries – Part 1

October 12, 2010
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NB – I’m in a conversation with a friend based in the UK.  We are talking about the best ways to develop creative industry policy.  I thought I would share the conversation here because he is already sharing it there. === Hey Andrew! I just watched a video of you on Creative Choices.  Long time...
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Creative Placemaking, Food Trucks and Culture Contests

September 13, 2010
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I’m overflowing with thoughts and ideas today.  It must be the break I took to visit family over labor day weekend or maybe its just anxiety that so many interesting things are happening and I’m missing out.  Today’s post touches on what I think are the best ideas or the ideas with the most...
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Chicago’s New Creative Industry Cluster

August 30, 2010
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Just as I was about to move onto other work I stumbled upon this post that trumpets a new plan in Chicago destined to galvanize the city’s creative industries.  It’s a great and exciting plan.  I wish I had known about this during my Cities x Design tour because it would have definitely made...
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Cities and the Creative Industries

A Creative Industry Primer

The creative economy movement started in the UK in 1994. Follow the links to understand how national cultural policy became creative industry policy and how it's now changing the world.