Why The UK approach British Council work in this area
Why economic potential: cf KEA report 2006, EU Green paper 2010, UNCTAD Creative Economy Report 2010 social, environmental and cultural impact jobs / attracting and retaining talent / reviving ‘empty’ districts & buildings / improving quality of life
The UK’s approach public agencies: Arts Council, NESTA, Technology Strategy Board, the BFI, Creative England,Arts CouncilNESTATechnology Strategy Board BFICreative England “Access to Finance support, tax credits, VCTs, EIS and a plethora of schemes, services and agencies that mitigate the terrifying risks of being creative in a commercial space….. public money helps create an environment where we are more relaxed about dreaming, experimenting, risking, failing and therefore succeeding to a level only exceeded in the US.” Tom Harvey, Chief Executive of Northern Film & Media Investments: London Design Fair, Tate Modern, Ingenious Media etc
What can policy makers do? The main role for public policy is to establish a framework for developing broad strategy. This requires data; analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; consultation; and political courage. It also requires a bold but realistic vision of what might be achieved. Martin Smith – Prague, May 2011
Some examples of policy ‘interventions’ Nextgen : a skills review of the computer games and special effects industries, commissioned by UK government Creative Industries Roundtable: (April 2007), in partnership with two government departments, bringing together investors, producers and creative entrepreneurs to debate policy issues – especially the issue of access to finance. Creative Industries’ Council: comprises about 30 people and covers the whole of the creative sector from film to crafts, advertising, design, fashion, TV, publishing and music.
The British Council’s Approach Sharing ideas and experience International Young Creative Entrepreneurs Mapping Toolkit Future City Jobs Support for local conferences and events http://creativeconomy.britishcouncil.org/ http://creativeconomy.britishcouncil.org/