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10 Sept 12

Tom Fleming's 'Nurturing Creative Entrepreneurship' Keynote Speech - Available on Video

In July 2012, Tom Fleming was special guest in a major seminar at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, to explore new models for academia and the arts and cultural sector in developing an enabling environment for creative entrepreneurs. The speech focused on the role of digital technology in disrupting historically embedded approaches to institutional management and major on approaches to opening up relationships between producers and consumers, academics and businesses. The video is available at:

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06 Sept 12

The Garage: a New Chapter - Norwich, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed to undertake an organisational review and business plan for The Garage Trust Ltd. - a specialist performing arts facility that supports young talent in the heart of Norwich, UK.

This is an exciting challenge: at a time of significant change for arts organisations across the UK and elsewhere, it is increasingly important to develop sustainable business models based on deeper and more collaborative relationships with audiences and users.

TFCC will be working closely with The Garage and its partners to ensure a new chapter of sustainability, development and growth is made possible.

05 September 12

Future City Jobs Report Published: Strengthening Youth Employment Through the Creative Industries

Future City Jobs is a year-long pilot project of the European PROGRESS programme. It is designed to pioneer new approaches to Creative Industries job creation for young people. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has worked as 'transnational experts' to the project, supporting The British Council and the 6 partner cities: Glasgow (United Kingdom), Prague (Czech Republic), San Sebastian (Spain), Sodertalje/Stockholm (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Wroclaw(Poland).

The final report - written by Dr Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine - provides an overview of lessons learned and presents the case for a coherent programme of youth job creation in the Creative Industries. This should involve the expansion of dedicated creative skills and entrepreneurial activities for young people and develop further opportunities for exchange between different cities across Europe.

On September 20th, Tom Fleming will be in Brussels to present the report to the European Commission - alongside partners from The British Council and the city of Wroclaw.

11 Jul 12

13 developing countries take action to strengthen their cultural policies and industries

Technical assistance missions in the field of cultural policy and cultural industries are carried out by UNESCO in a number of developing countries worldwide. These missions provide beneficiary countries with high-level expertise to assist them in ongoing efforts to strengthen human and institutional capacities to develop policies that support the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative industries. Interventions are designed through a series of national and/or local consultations and validation processes so that each mission fully corresponds to the needs and priorities of the beneficiary countries.

Tom Fleming has been selected as a lead expert for the Viet Nam mission which is focused on enhancing funding opportunities for these industries through the design of various mechanisms and a legal framework.

Find out more about the Viet Nam mission here:

UNESCO Technical assistance missions are funded by the European Union. So far they have been completed in Argentina and Seychelles; are on-going in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius and Viet Nam; and are soon to be carried out in Barbados, Cambodia, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Niger and Malawi.

04 Jul 12

Tom Fleming in Vietnam for 2nd visit as UNESCO expert for cultural industries development, July 7th 2012

This month, Tom will participate in the second of two outward missions on behalf of UNESCO. Tom has been appointed by UNESCO to work closely with policy-makers in Vietnam to establish a clear and coordinated approach to the cultural industries in this rapidly growing country. This is as part of UNESCO's wider programme: 'Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries'.

Tom will build on his first visit to Hanoi in April, with visits to Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi. Tom will meet senior partners in Government and business, providing technical assistance and policy guidance. This will culminate in a major seminar with government, plus a set of policy recommendations, including options for a Creative Industries Strategy.