Consultancy news /

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.

29 Jun 12

Tom Fleming leads seminar on 'Nurturing Creative Entrepreneurship, Opening Up Institutions' at University of Aveiro, Portugal, July 2nd 2012

Tom is special guest in a major seminar to explore new models for academia and the arts and cultural sector in developing an enabling environment for creative entrepreneurs. The speech will focus 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.

28 Jun 12

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy in Wroclaw (28th June) and San Sebastian Donostia (3rd July) for Future City Jobs Pilot Events

Andrew Erskine and Tom Fleming will be in Wroclaw and San Sebastian, working with the 6 participating cities for this important pilot Creative Industries employment programme for young people. This will involve workshops to explore the progress of the two pilot projects in Wroclaw and San Sebastian. Both cities have created potentially significant projects - including a pop up activity in San Sebastian and a social enterprise in Wroclaw.

After the workshops, TFCC will write a report to evaluate impact, implications for other cities, and potential roll out of the project across Europe.

27 Jun 12

Tom Fleming keynotes at Creative Nigeria event, Lagos, June 27th 2012

The Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria has asked Tom Fleming to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for creative entrepreneurs - with a focus on opportunities for growth and competitiveness in Nigeria. This is part of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy's wider work in Nigeria - supporting the British Council and partners in government and industry to co-create an effective policy for the creative economy.