Cultural planning

Posted on 18, Mar | Posted by

Drivers in cultural planning today – Part 2

By Greg Baeker


In Part 2 of my blog series on drivers in cultural planning today, I’d like to look at “whole city” approaches, digital culture, and cultural enterprise and entrepreneurship. You can find Part 1 here. Read the full blog post

Posted on 28, Jan | Posted by

Drivers in cultural planning today – Part 1

By Greg Baeker

In my cultural development work, I’ve learnt that no two cultural plans can be the same; every plan must respond to the unique issues and conditions on the ground. However, a series of ‘macro’ issues or themes can be identified that are impacting cultural planning and development globally. This is the first of two blogs that will examine these drivers. Read the full blog post

Posted on 6, Nov | Posted by

Planning culture or planning culturally?

By Greg Baeker

I’ve previously reviewedCultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community and Continuity, describing it as an outstanding addition to the field of cultural mapping (I was honored to contribute the Preface to the publication).

As in my own practice, cultural mapping is described as a foundation for cultural planning, which the book defines as “a sensitive and sustainable perspective on urban planning that responds to the culturally distinctive assets and resources of a locality as well as to local needs, aspirations and perceptions of place.” It makes the valuable point that for many decades cultural planning was understood as planning for the future of cultural organizations and activities. One way of characterizing this perspective is planning culture. Today cultural planning is about bringing a cultural lens to urban planning and economic development or what might be termed planning culturally.

Promoting this broader vision of cultural planning and development has been a priority for the Government of Ontario for several years. Supported by a Provincial funding program, more than 50 municipalities in Ontario have developed cultural plans over the past four years.  In 2011 I was commissioned by Municipal Cultural Planning Inc. (MCPI) and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to prepare Municipal Cultural Planning: A Toolkit for Ontario Municipalities. The Toolkit defines municipal cultural planning as:

A municipal government-led process approved by Council, for identifying and leveraging a community’s cultural resources, strengthening the management of those resources, and integrating those cultural resources across all facets of local government planning and decision-making. Municipal cultural planning is part of an integrated, place-based approach to planning and development that takes into account four pillars of sustainability: economic prosperity, social equity, environmental responsibility and cultural vitality.

The phrase “strengthening the management of those resources” signals that cultural planning includes planning for the future of cultural groups and activities but also that it is understood in the larger context communicated by planning culturally. Have you seen this shift happening in your community?

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 22, Sep | Posted by

TINAN Number 40 (September 2012)

In TINAN Number 40:

  • launches! New website is largest online source of ec dev resources
  • Entrepreneurship is the source of economic growth for National Governors Association
  • Stepping up Kickstarter (and other crowdfunding tools)
  • Is Canada losing its competitive edge?
  • How culture helps to make world cities
  • Client Corner: US-Canada workforce development study trip
  • Resource Review: Winning the coming jobs war

Posted on 22, Jun | Posted by

TINAN Number 25 (June 2011)

In TINAN Number 25:

  • Municipal cultural planning: A toolkit for municipalities
  • Finding your better life
  • What makes a City of Opportunity?
  • The role of immigrant employment councils in economic development
  • Resource Review: Saving the world in with video games
  • Company Corner: Stephanie Lalonde joins MDB Insight

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 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.

Read the Full Article

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