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16th June 2018

Tom Fleming speaking at the annual UNESCO Creative Cities Conference, Katowice, Poland

The Creative Cities and Industries Conference is a supplementary event for the 12th Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Tom will participate in a panel entitled 'Measuring the Immeasurable'.

In light of the New Urban Agenda and Agenda 2030, cultural statistics and evidence of the role of culture in municipal, regional and national economies are increasingly necessary to shed light on the impact, spill-over effects and influence of the sectors on development and the need for policies and strategies rooted in evidence-based approaches.

UNESCO has been spearheading two important initiatives, namely the Framework for Cultural Statistics and the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite. The pioneering research initiatives aim to systematise appropriate methods for measuring economic growth and the social and community impact of culture, highlighting its major contribution to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The session will bring together experts and researchers to present the most recent developments in these studies and to introduce good practice and case studies from around the globe.

11th June 2018

Technical and strategic advisers to The Creative Economy of The Philippines: Citywide Mapping and Opportunities for Growth.

Building on our 2017 role in supporting the set-up of The Philippines Creative Economy Programme, TFCC has been commissioned by The British Council and Creative Economy Council of The Philippines to support partners in two pilot mapping studies: for the cities of Makati and Baguio. Our role includes advice on the operational definition of creative industries; methodology coaching for partners; and guidance on policy opportunities and potential actions.

To deliver this we will work closely with the new Creative Economy Council for The Philippines and the lead mapping partners for each city.

11th June 2018

A Cultural Infrastructure Plan for Thamesmead, London, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, with Regeneris and We Made That, has been commissioned by Peabody to develop a cultural infrastructure plan for the district of Thamesmead in south east London. Thamesmead was an ambitious high density housing project launched 50 years ago to tackle over-crowding in inner London and set out a bright and brave new future for community development and place-making in outer London. However, the district has in recent years struggled to deliver on its original ambition and is undergoing a process of revitalisation and re-imagination. This includes a strategic approach to culture.

The focus of this piece of work is on future cultural provision, future audiences and future facilities. TFCC will provide evidence-based creative guidance and a robust overview of partnership opportunities between Thamesmead and organisations that are bringing cultural infrastructure projects forward, such as Bow Arts.

22nd May 2018

Developing Creative Economies in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Countries: A global study.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned by The British Council to undertake a detailed research exercise to:

a) better understand the development of the creative economy in the specific Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) countries and what the impact local and national programmes and initiative including the creative economy work of international third parties has been.

b) review and gather evidence of the outcomes of creative economy programmes and activity in up to four countries, including Vietnam and Indonesia.

c) provide innovative methods and approaches for analysing the impact of the work of the British Council and others in the creative economy sector.
This study forms part of the British Council Results and Evidence Framework.

This ambitious research project is genuinely exciting for TFCC as we build our portfolio of detailed and extensive research in fast-changing countries across the world. It also provides an opportunity for us to extend our work with the British Council, where we have developed a research role over 15 years.

15th May 2018

Creative Enterprise Zones: Planning and Development, London, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is collaborating with Regeneris and We Made That to develop detailed plans for three parts of London to become one of the first Mayor of London-designated Creative Enterprise Zones. We are working to support Creative Enterprise Zones in New Cross and Deptford, Hackney Wick and Fish Island, and Hatton Garden.

Creative Enterprise Zones will be districts of London for which a set of targeted and tailored planning, investment and support activities will be developed. For example, Creative Enterprise Zones will involve a strategic focus on affordability of workspace, strong local partnership and governance, greater access for local people into cultural, creative & digital industry jobs, and business growth and development programmes focused on particular creative industries sectors.