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06 Nov 13

British Council Features our 'Creative Economy Manifesto for Ulyanovsk'

In September 2013, Tom Fleming led four UK creative economy experts to the city of Ulyanovsk, by the banks of the Volga in Russia. The aim was to participate in the Ulyanovsk Cultural Forum - one of the main cultural policy events in the Russian calendar - and to use this high profile event to collaborate with local policy-makers and stakeholders to explore how Ulyanovsk can develop a strong and distinctive creative economy.

Tom Fleming also delivered two keynote speeches at the Forum, where he outlined how the city can play a leadership role for other smaller cities across Russia. Russia has hundreds of smaller cities (and just two big cities in Moscow and St. Petersburg), so if the country is to grow its creative economy and support the government's diversification agenda, then it will be necessary to devise approaches which work well in them - where issues of capacity, connectivity and confidence hamper innovation and growth.

The Creative Economy Manifesto for Ulyanovsk - written by Tom Fleming - sets out a basic step-by-step approach for the city to develop its creative economy and it outlines some necessary conditions for smaller cities across Russia should they wish to collaborate with the British Council and benefit from UK expertise.

The Manifesto is published on the British Council's Creative Economy website alongside an article on Tom's visit to Ulyanovsk.

08 Nov 13

Study Visit and Keynote Address, Seoul, South Korea

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) is in Seoul to establish collaboration with colleagues in a range of strategic agencies as part of our growing consultancy role in East Asia.

Andrew Erskine, our senior consultant at TFCC, will be meeting colleagues in Government, higher education and the British Council Office. He will also be delivering a keynote address at: "The 2013 International Forum on Service Sector Advancement."

This is a major annual event led by the The Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) and Korea Development Institute (KDI). The theme for the 2013 event is: "Services as a New Engine of Growth: through Creativity and Innovation."

Andrew will also be delivering a speech at the Graduate School of the Academy of Korean Studies.

07 Nov 13

Tom Fleming Keynotes at Creative Poles Final Conference, Cottbus, Germany

The Conference - 'Potential and Challenges of Cultural and Creative Industries in medium-sized Cities' - is the final event of 'Urban Creative Poles'.

This is an EU-funded programme which 'which promotes creativity to advance innovation-oriented development, to spur transnational clusters of creative industries, to create jobs and to stipulate additional income as means to strengthen the local economies'.

There are 5 cities in the network: Cottbus, Tartu, Zelona Gora, Linkoeping and Klaipėda. Tom will discuss the distinctive challenges and opportunities for medium and smaller cities as part of our emergent programme: Smaller Creative Cities.

21-23 Oct 13

Tom Fleming at UNESCO Cultural Experts Event, Shanghai, China

As part of Tom's work as a UNESCO-sponsored expert to their cultural industries programme, Tom is participating in a high profile event at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. The event is coordinated in partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and UNESCO.

This event brings together scholars, consultants and policy advisors involved in cultural economy globally. Participating experts work in different areas, at different scales and in many different roles. Our main aim at the event is to examine our assumptions around the role of culture, concepts relating to culture, creativity and the economy, and wider concepts such as 'creative industries' and 'creative economy'. Overall, we will be critiquing, problematising and hopefully identifying a coherent language and approach so that we might develop more appropriate tools and approaches.

10 Oct 13

Scoping and Programme Development of the Creative Economy and Audio Visual Programme for the British Council in Kenya and East Africa

We are excited to announce this new research programme - which we have been commissioned to lead by the British Council in Kenya.

This is an important and timely programme which will enable the British Council to develop an innovative, ambitious and coherent high-impact programme for the sector, audiences and partners for the next three years and beyond.

There is so much to be gained in East Africa, which has seen a real upsurge in creative economy activity over recent years - powered by digital technology and a new generation of start-ups.

Our role will be to identify a set of priority areas for the British Council by engaging key sector stakeholders across the region - including study visits to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.

This builds on our wider work in emergent creative economies - such as in Nigeria, where we are leading on a sector development programme and delivering technical assistance to the sector; or further afield in SE Asia and South America where we are growing our practice as leading experts to rapidly changing creative economies.