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Cultural Planning for Creative Communities

Cultural Planning for Creative Communities

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BOOKS–“Cultural Planning for Creative Communities”

Cultural Planning for Creative CommunitiesGord Hume’s “Cultural Planning for Creative Communities” has become a huge hit with municipal leaders and concerned community activists alike.

Already in its third printing, and in more than 15 countries around the world, this book has become required reading for Council members as well as municipal administration managers and staff.

This book was the basis of Gord’s highly acclaimed keynote speech to the UNESCO Congress on Creative Cities, held in South Korea in October 2010.

This book offers practical ideas and plans on how Canadian municipalities can adapt the “fourth pillar of sustainability”—Culture—into their planning, budgeting, decision making, and community leadership and why that will benefit the local economy.

Cultural Planning for Creative Communities offers an insider’s look at forming local roundtables and community action groups for cultural planning. It details cultural mapping. It outlines the process local governments can take to implement municipal cultural planning. From public art to economic development, from rejuvenating downtowns to offering practical ideas to save heritage properties, from integrating creative city concepts into your Official Plan to attracting the creative class, this book offers it all.

The book is a must-have for municipal council members, civic administration, arts and cultural organizations, heritage groups, business leaders and community activists. It is also a call to action for local communities frustrated with the lack of knowledge and commitment by senior governments to assist local municipalities in municipal cultural planning.

It provides a comprehensive, holistic view of cultural planning, talks candidly about the changing demographic trends facing local governments, why creative city concepts are an important economic development tool, and why municipalities must be moving now to change their processes and planning to create the kinds of communities that will attract the CRINK economy in the future.

What’s the CRINK economy? It’s the future for municipalities. Creative. Innovative. Knowledge-based.

How can municipalities change? How do they compete for the bright young talent that is out there, but is more discerning and demanding than any generation before? How will municipalities increase their local assessment base? How do you galvanize your community into action?

Towns and cities in Canada are facing new and sobering responsibilities. Shrinking economies, limited local tax base, and significant shifts in the make-up of our local population mean new ways of thinking, action, and responsibilities for local government.

Cultural Planning for Creative Communities is important for municipalities of all sizes.

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