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What Business Can Learn from Art

February 18, 2011
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The Economist is running a great opinion piece on the effects of art and artists on business.  It’s a great read given the current debates on funding for the arts.  The quote to note?  This one: ” If businesspeople should take art more seriously, artists too should take business more seriously. Commerce is a...
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Creative Economy and Cultural Industry Shift

January 18, 2011
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The once yearly American for the Arts talkfest is now in preparation scheduled for June 16-18, 2011 in San Diego.  These conferences bring together over 1,200 of the movers and shakers of the American arts movement to discuss the future of arts management in America. As an advocate of defining this movement more broadly it’s heartening...
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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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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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Preservation vs. Progress

September 1, 2010
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Just a quick post today on the question of preserving cultural heritage vs. moving forward without it.  The Los Angeles Times is reporting that we are about to lose a Beverly Hills house designed by John Lautner. It seems that it’s one of his early houses but it still remains a stunning example of...
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Huff and Puff on Free Culture

August 30, 2010
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There’s a neat debate going on at Huffington Post following and article by Bevin Carnes on the real cost of Free Culture. The article itself is short and doesn’t offer anything in terms of real solutions to a real problem but the comment chain that follows is an interesting read for anyone looking for...
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The Collision of Cash and Culture

November 11, 2009
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Where do cash and culture collide? That’s the lead question coming out of South Korea today in the Joongang Daily. In an interview with David Throsby, Economist and Professor, the paper explores the relationship between the economy and creative industries. Throsby says the links are becoming much easier to map thanks to the emergence...
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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.