What: Culture and economy


A new economic environment is arising thanks to the fast-growing and interactive connections among people, their ideas and their resources.
We, as human beings, organisations and communities, are undergoing a real shift that is creating new opportunities for innovation.
But first of all, we believe this shift is a (r)evolution of our way of thinking: it is in fact a cultural matter. Therefore, the cultural factor is deeply involved in it and the cultural sector can benefit by exploring new business models.


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How engaged people in culture and citizenship can come together to enhance the life of those living in the city? 100 participants from Athens and abroad worked together for one full day to be part of a process where common possibilities are more important than individual ones. Athens, November 20 2015


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ARE ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS SUFFICIENTLY PART OF THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TODAY? SHOULD THEY BE? DO ARTS THRIVE IN DEMOCRACY? AND VICE VERSA DO DEMOCRACIES THRIVE VIA THE ARTS? DO ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS NECESSARILY NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY? SHOULD ARTISTS LIVE OFF THEIR ARTS? HOW? WE, THE PEOPLE OF CULTURE, LET OUR FRAGMENTATION REDUCE OUR IMPACT ON SOCIETY….


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We are facing the failure of the sustainable development model from an environmental, social, economic and individual perspective. A possible new model is that of sustainability: The sustainability revolution. Portrait of a paradigm shift is the essay of Andras Edwards (2005) which summarizes the paradigmatic change needed to achieve sustainability. The revolution requires new cultures, new social organizations, new economic…


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On the 19th of January 2016, the European Parliament adopted the resolution Towards a Single Digital Market Act. The EP’s adoption follows a proposition made in May 2015 by the European Commission for a European Digital Single Market Strategy. In the end, this strategy should lead to the enforcement of regulations and legislations contained in a Digital Single Market Act….


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CAE2016 Culture & Economy Toolkit V2 Culture Action Europe toolkit on Culture and New Economic Models for the cultural sector (v. 2 – 2016)


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Tools and methodologies which may be used for addressing imbalances and asymmetries in partnerships. Development of peer ethics and peer protocols in different types of situations and partnerships


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A model for cultural development where heritage is an important factor of growth and social cohesion


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On 14 June 2013, the Council of the European Union gave green light to the European Commission to start the negotiation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (better know under its acronym TTIP) with the United States, the biggest export market for Europe. This trade agreement will potentially reach 850 million of consumers and is said to bring 0,5% GDP to the EU,…


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Below is a collection of Culture Action Europe’s documents produced between March 2014 and February 2015, in the context of Creative Europe first year work plan. CAE would like to thank the European Cultural Foundation for its support in developing this research and editorial work.


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You will find here statements produced by Culture Action Europe on different political topics:  


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An introduction to Culture Action Europe’s 2013 reflections papers by Luca Bergamo, Culture Action Europe Secretary General.


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The idea of ‘creativity’ that till recently artists had the principal claim on has been vastly expanded over the last decade. Today, it is applied to a very broad range of activities and professions, many of which are far removed from artistic creation. “But where do we locate ourselves in this ‘creative industries’ agenda?” You will find here: