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Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity


Launched in 2002, the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity is a UNESCO initiative to strengthen local cultural industries and promote the diversity of cultural expressions, by creating partnerships between private, public and civil society sectors.

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which entered into force in 2007, reaffirmed the importance of promoting partnerships in support of the cultural industries in developing countries and thus the work of the Global Alliance.

Your contributions to the 2008 evaluation demonstrated the need to provide cultural actors pragmatic information on working in partnership.

The Global Alliance team is currently working to capitalize on the experience gained as part of a continuous process of adapting to the current global environment and the changing needs of its stakeholders. New tools, tips and case studies on partnerships in the cultural industries will be available in the fall of 2010 on the new Internet platform of the Global Alliance.




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  Blockbusters and trade wars: popular culture in a globalized world Peter S. Grant & Chris Wood
This extensive analysis, over 500 pages, is a solid work of reference detailing the relationship between globalization and cultural products in the marketplace. 

  Book Donation and Development Mauro Rosi
Explains how to donate books to developing countries in ways which not only provide a local populations with a broader range of reading materials but also respects and encourages the development of the local publishing and book industry 

  Certain legal problems related to the making available of literary and artistic works and other protected subject matter through digital networks Dr Silke von Lewinski
Provides an objective overview of the legal copyright issues and implications raised by modern technologies that allow electronic file sharing between Internet users 

  Creative Cities, Urban Development and the Information Society Jan Verwijnen and Panu Lehtovuori
Analyses the strategies and effects of cultural innovations and cultural industries on urban development, within the context of the information society 

  Creative Industries John Hartley
Traces the emergence of the creative industries and then leads the reader to discover what and where the creative industries are 

  Creative Industries – Contracts between Art and Commerce Richard E. Caves
A detailed study of the economic structure of art and cultural organizations that are often called Creative Industries 

  Designers Meet Artisans: A Practical Guide
This publication seeks to highlight the role design plays in making crafts a more viable professional activity. 

  Dynamic Cities and Creative Clusters Weiping Wu
Uses nine cities, namely Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Austin, Washington DC, Dublin, Hong Kong and Bangalore, as case studies in pinpointing similar dynamics of public policies that have successfully transformed these cities into hubs of creative enterprise 

  Flight of the Creative Class Richard Florida
Argues that the United States risks losing its most creative talent 

  How the United States Funds the Arts Professor M. Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, The National Endowment for the Arts
Provides a useful overview of both public and private financing of culture in the United States 

  Observatorio 4: Industrias Culturales de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

  Starting My Own Small Business UNESCO
A prototype modular training package that helps learners acquire an entrepreneurial mindset and the knowledge to set up a small business. 

  T-Shirts and Suits - Guide to the business of creativity David Parish

  The Art of Copying: A Guide to the Incorporation of Visual Material in Legal Schemes and Licences
A colourful 23-page booklet offering practical advice on how to include visual material – such as fine art, photography, illustrations, prints, product design and architecture – in reprographic licences. 

  The Creative City: a Toolkit for Urban Innovators Charles Landry
highlights the need for a creative approach to urban development, one that is based on the exploitation of local cultural resources and the centrality of imagination 

  The Cultural Industries David Hesmondhalgh
Combines a political economy approach with aspects of cultural studies, sociology, communication studies and social theory to provide an overview of the key debates surrounding cultural production 

  Training in Cultural Management and Cultural Policies UNESCO, Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), IBERFORMAT
This report contains specialized research on cultural management as well as a directory of training centres in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

  Trends in Audiovisual Markets: Regional Perspectives from the South
This study discusses the broadcasting and audiovisual industry in developing countries, exploring current trends and future challenges. 

  UNESCO Young Digital Creators (YDC) Educator's Kit Teemu Leinonen & Joanna Saad-Sulonen
The YDC Educator's Kit is designed to help teachers and educators working in schools, youth clubs, community centres, and training institutes to generate and manage project-based learning activities with young people. 


Report on the Creative Economy 2008: The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making
First comprehensive study to present the United Nations perspective on the creative economy. 
'Approach to Culture and Development Aid' Presentation
This powerpoint presentation is entitled 'Approach to Culture and Development Aid', and was presented during the Brazzaville forum by Morten Gøbel Poulsen of the Danish Center for Culture and Development. 
Best Practice Cases in the Music Industry and their Relevance for Government Policies in Developing Countries - WIPO 2001
A characteristic of many developing countries is the combination of poor economic conditions and a rich supply of unique raw materials that can be commercially exploited in the richer nations. In the case of the music industry they are a basin of creativity which has influenced international commercial activities for decades. With new communication technologies, both physical and virtual, allowing for cultures and cultural expressions to interact it is likely that this creative and commercial potential will 
Competitive Partnerships - Building and Maintaining Public-Private Dialogue to Improve the Investment Climate Benjamin Herzberg, Ian Wright
Aims to demonstrate best practice in the field of competitiveness partnerships by drawing on the experiences of 40 countries 
La Créativité est une grosse affaire – Un cadre pour le futur Queensland Government, Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation
« La créativité est une grosse affaire » est une stratégie de développement économique mise au point par l’état du Queensland (Australie), qui offre un guide excellent pour aborder le développement des industries créatives. 
Dakar Plan of Action
The Plan of Action drafted by the Ministers of Culture of the African, Caribbean and Pacific region (ACP) of the Dakar conference, Senegal, June 2003 
Global Alliance Presentation
Island Agenda 2004.jpg Island Agenda 2004
Island Agenda 2004: Coping with change and sustaining diversities in small islands 

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