Activities that are good in themselves are good for the economy, and activities that are bad in themselves are bad for the economy. The only intelligible meaning of “benefit to the economy” is the contribution – direct or indirect – the activity makes to the welfare of ordinary citizens.
Many people underestimate the contribution disease makes to the economy. In Britain, more than a million people are employed to diagnose and treat disease and care for the ill. Thousands of people build hospitals and surgeries, and many small and medium-size enterprises manufacture hospital supplies. Illness contributes about 10 per cent of the UK’s economy: the government does not do enough to promote disease.
Such reasoning is identical to that of studies sitting on my desk that purport to measure the economic contribution of sport, tourism and the arts. These studies point to the number of jobs created, and the ancillary activities needed to make the activities possible. They add up the incomes that result. Reporting the total with pride, the sponsors hope to persuade us not just that sport, tourism and the arts make life better, but that they contribute to something called “the economy”.
HOW CAN WE ENSURE THAT CULTURE AND CREATIVITY MAKE MAXIMUM IMPACT ON THE UK ECONOMY BEYOND THE RECESSION?
HOW CAN WE ENSURE THAT CULTURE AND CREATIVITY MAKE MAXIMUM IMPACT ON THE UK ECONOMY BEYOND THE RECESSION ?
– ENSURING MOST RIGOROUS IMPLEMENTATION OF CREATIVE BRITAIN
– CAPITALISING ON THE SUCCESS OF CULTURAL LEADERS
– DELIVERING CREATIVITY AT THE CORE OF REGIONAL AND CITY STRATEGIES
– MAKING BEST USE OF THE INVESTING IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES? LOCAL GUIDE
Monday 26 October, 2009
– Royal Commonwealth Society, London
Sir John Tusa,Chair, University of the Arts London
· Emily Thomas,Director, Aequitas
· Anne Bonnar, Recently Transition Director, Creative Scotland
· Mark Davy, Director, Futurecity
· Alexandra Jones,Associate Director, The Work Foundation
· Anna Whyatt,Creative Futures Director, ERA
· Jacqui Henderson, Skills Ambassador to the Creative and Cultural Industries
· Chris Garcia, Head of Clusters, South West Regional Development Agency
· Phil Shankland, Managing Director, Inspiral, South Yorkshire
· Brendan McGoran, Creative Industries Officer, Belfast City Council
· How best should we capitalise on the huge contribution of culture and creativity to UK economy and society?
· What should we learn from the vast success of UK cultural leaders unlike those in other sectors?
· How do we ensure creative industries make maximum impact on economic growth throughout the UK?
· What are Government’s agenda and expectations?
· How effectively is the Creative Britain strategy being taken forward?
· What will be the impact of Digital Britain?
· How best can we sustain innovative and sustainable business models for the arts and creative industries?
· How best do we find, inspire, develop and sustain creative entrepreneurs and maximise their contribution?
· How important is cultural branding to regeneration and growth?
· How best to we ensure successful collaboration between artists, architects, public authorities and developers?
· What can we learn from the Ideopolis concept?
· How can culture and innovation make maximum impact to success, sustainability and growth of UK cities?
· How do we ensure creative and cultural industries make maximum contribution and impact on regional growth?
· How best should we use the local government guide Investing in Creative Industries??
· Where can we hope to be in ten years time?
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