Policy

A South African Perspective

February 25, 2011
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The creative industry debate is raging in South Africa.  Here’s a quick glimpse: ” This sector is serious business. Recent developments could mean the South African creative or cultural sector is finally on the path to getting rid of its image as an industry with no significant economic contribution to make in the country...
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Redefining the Creative Industries

February 21, 2011
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Here’s an interesting piece from Graham Hitchem on CreativeIndustriesi.net suggesting it may be time to redefine the Creative Industry concept in the UK.  He argues that although it was effective in the 90s it no longer fits the bill in the current UK policy debates.  Times and technology evolve he says and so too...
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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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Broadband, Investment and a New Legal Structure at the Heart of UK Creative Industry Drive

January 20, 2011
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In a speech to the Oxford Media Convention the UK Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt gave details on how his office will accompany the growth of the UK creative sector. He says the “creative industries are on track to grow at double the rate of the wider economy in the years ahead.”  And to keep...
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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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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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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.