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01.10.2014

Web review - 10/01/2014

Release the potential of creative economy

It is said too much that culture is expensive by forgetting that it does bring a lot too. Study after study, its impact is estimated in terms of economic and trade developments. But its added value means also promoting the overall creativity of societies, affirming the distinctive identity of the places where it flourishes and clusters, improving the quality of life there, enhancing local image and prestige and strengthening the resources for the imagining of diverse new futures.

Creative economy Report 2013

The report focuses on creative economy at the local level in developing countries. It demonstrates how the cultural and creative industries are at the core of local creative economies in the global South and how they forge “new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development.

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The culture contribution in French economy, the synthesis

Only figures are retained : 57,8 Mds€ of added value, 3,2 % of the GDP, 670 000 direct jobs. But, the report IGF-IGAC goes well beyond a cultural GDP, it feeds fascinating perspectives on the impact of the cultural investments on territories, confirming the link of causality between culture and development.

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With US$624 billion, trade in creative products reached new peak in 2011

World trade in creative goods and services totaled a record US$624 billion in 2011, more a doubling in 10 years, according to the UNCTAD Global Database on the Creative Economy. The creative services exports tripled between 2002 (62 MdsUS$ ) and 2011 (172 MdsUS$). This expansion benefits to all the continents. 

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Widening Local Development Pathways: The Creative Economy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UNDG has established a task team on Culture and Development, co-led by UNESCO and UNDP, said Helen Clark. “It aims to ensure that we can respond effectively to the growing interest of Member States in initiatives which link creativity and culture to development, including through South-South cooperation.”

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Cultural intermediation & the creative economy

This English project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, acknowledge the importance of cultural intermediation.  Its research asks to what extent these processes meet the needs of urban communities in the 21st century and how they might operate more effectively.  The aim is to discover how the value of cultural intermediation can be captured and how this activity can be enhanced to create more effective connection between communities and the creative economy.

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