Cultural mapping

Posted on 17, Feb | Posted by

Fourth pillar of sustainability: Culture and sustainability

The notion of culture as the ‘fourth pillar’ of sustainability has been part of the cultural planning and policy landscape for many years since articulated in Jon Hawkes influential The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s Essential Role in Public Planning. Hawkes set out a compelling case for culture as a fundamental planning framework that must be incorporated in integrated sustainability plans. Read the full blog post

Posted on 3, Feb | Posted by

Creative Vitality in Detroit: The Detroit Cultural Asset Mapping Project

Few cities in the world symbolize the challenges confronting cities due to economic restructuring and associated issues of social and economic stratification and urban decline as Detroit. Between 2000 and 2010, the city’s population fell by 25 percent, the largest drop of any city over 100,000 in the United States. At the height of the recent recession, Detroit’s level of unemployment was 10.2 percent. Read the full blog post

Posted on 6, Dec | Posted by

Cultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community and Continuity by Janet Pillai

Cultural Mapping

Canadian municipalities are increasingly embracing cultural mapping, a systematic approach to building information on a community’s cultural resources, as an essential planning and economic development tool. A recent book published in Malaysia signals just how widely these ideas are spreading. Cultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community and Continuity by Janet Pillai makes a major contribution to advancing the field. MDB Insight’ Greg Baeker wrote the Preface to the book. The book pushes the mapping of both tangible and intangible (e.g., stories, traditions, or beliefs) cultural resources to integrated planning systems addressing social, economic and environmental decision-making.

Beginning with Jon Hawkes influential The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s Essential Role in Public Planning, considerable energy has been invested in finding tools to “operationalize” and put into practice these powerful ideas in actual planning systems. Read the full review

Posted on 22, Jun | Posted by

TINAN Number 46 (June 2013)

In TINAN Number 46:

  • New BDC toolkit supports small businesses using social media
  • From Rust Belt to Artists Belt
  • Bridging the IT skills gap
  • OECD releases the 2013 Better Life Index
  • Company Corner: MDB Insight and Vicinity Jobs launch Jobs Demand Report
  • Resource Review: On Indignation and Occupation

Posted on 22, May | Posted by

TINAN Number  24 (May 2011)

In TINAN Number  24:

  • Evaluating Social Media in Economic Development
  • New Handbook Connects the Built Environment and Sustainable Economic Development
  • Weighing The Cluster Controversy
  • Fast Cities 2011
  • Can Innovation Be Measured?
  • Cultural Mapping and Cultural Planning – Exploring the Occupational Dimension
  • Company Corner: MDB Insight to Open Eastern Office
  • Happy Birthday, TINAN!
  • Resource Review: Connected

Posted on 16, Mar | Posted by

TINAN Number 22 (February 2011)

In TINAN Number 22:

  • Cultural mapping and economic development: Recent tools and development
  • New social media seminar for economic developers
  • Angels investing in the local economy
  • Halló, my name is Iceland…
  • Skillshed Analysis – Get to know your workforce
  • Client Corner:  City of Markham
  • Resource Review:  FutureShock: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century Economy

Posted on 9, Jul | Posted by

Rediscovering the Wealth of Places by Greg Baeker

Rediscovering the Wealth of Places

“Australia led the way in integrated and strategic cultural planning from the 1990s: a baton that is now admirably being taken up by Canada.”
Colin Mercer, internationally renowned cultural planning consultant.

Leading municipalities and economic development agencies across Canada understand the powerful role played by creativity and culture in rebuilding local economies and strengthening quality of place. As a result, more and more communities are turning to cultural mapping and municipal cultural planning as essential planning and economic development tools for local government in the 21st century. Rediscovering the Wealth of Places by Dr. Greg Baeker is a practical introduction for communities seeking to understand core municipal cultural planning concepts and tools. The book provides concrete examples of leading practice from Canada and other countries that can assist communities looking to further develop and capitalize on their cultural assets. The book also features chapters by leading thinkers and practitioners in the field across a range of topics relevant to culture-led economic and broader community development agendas.

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Posted on 16, Mar | Posted by

TINAN Number 11 (March 2010)

In TINAN Number 11:

  • World Economic Forum Releases 2010 Global Technology Ranking – Sweden Leads World
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Launches Select Ontario Site Selection Tool
  • Recent Report Maps Artists in Canadian Cities
  • Sprouter: Social Media to Help Businesses Grow
  • 2010 Economic Developers Alberta Conference
  • Client Corner:  County of Elgin, Ontario
  • Resource Review:  Six Degrees is Hot!

Posted on 16, Jul | Posted by

TINAN Number 3 (July 2009)

In TINAN Number 3:

  • Mapping the Recession: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Canada’s Economy
  • The Tamaki Factor: New Zealand’s Innovative Tourism Model
  • Feds Release New Funding Guide for Rural and Northern Communities
  • The Green Collar Economy
  • The New Economic Oracle
  • Client Corner:  Survey on Hamilton Marketing
  • Resource Review:  Why your World is about to get a whole lot Smaller

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