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Aarhus 2017 – a practical example of instrumental use of culture

The Danish city of Aarhus has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2017. Looking through the application which the city submitted to the EU commission there are several good examples of how culture is seen as instrumental … Continue reading

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Culture as a tool in cities

In these times of austerity a prevalent theme is the utilisation of culture – in other words culture must be seen to do something and preferably more than just one thing. The prevailing discourse is that the days of ‘art … Continue reading

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Creativity – a neglected resource in cities?

I recently was recently invited to give a presentation on developing sustainable communities in an age of austerity as part of the RegenWebinars. My main focus point for the presentation was creativity and how creativity, if uncovered and harnessed can … Continue reading

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Friction and serendipity boosting.

I have just spent an excellent evening with a group of Berlin-based facilitators (bound together by their work with, academics and activists who are visiting Malmö and Copenhagen to look at social innovation, civic engagement and participatory processes. A … Continue reading

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Mapping – for the future of communities.

What can maps do for communities? This seemed to be the underlying question from yesterday’s LivingBridgesPlanet discussion on Mapping for the Future. One point that seemed important for me from early on in our discussion was that while maps and … Continue reading

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The Danish Government’s Growth Plan for Creative Industries

Earlier this month the Danish government published a growth plan for the creative industries. The report has four main recommendations for ensuring growth for creative industries in Denmark: Growing creative industries sooner and giving them better access to finance. Getting more … Continue reading

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The case for creativity in smaller cities.

In November last year, I had the opportunnity to talk about creative entrepreneurship at the smaller cities conference in Guimarães in Portugal. My main case drawing on the work I have done with Creative Entrepreneurs in Aarhus and other smaller … Continue reading

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Shrinking cities workshop at the URBACT conference.

Shrinking cities seem to be happening everywhere, especially in the wake of the recession with the American industrial city of Detroit as one of the most dramatic examples of a city which decreases in size. At the URBACT conference in … Continue reading

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URBACT day 1 – Cities of tomorrow – action today

I have just come back from the day 1 of the annual URBACT conference in Copenhagen. This year’s theme is “Cities of tomorrow – action today”.  And what a great title – because one of the key things we need … Continue reading

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Film, finance and business models

Last week the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, hosted the fourth meeting in the series of discussions called Kultur på Kanten (Culture on the Edge). This event was a follow-up to the previous event, which discussed the issue for … Continue reading

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