OECD Observer Roundtable on Culture and Local Development
Culture is currently on the agenda of cities, regions and territories. Where international or global perspectives put more emphasis on the technological dimension of culture, the local perspectives remind us that culture matters first as social capital. It reflects an identity that allows the originality and distinction of a local area. It gives rise to the trust and cooperation necessary to produce cultural goods, if the diversity of cultural expressions is respected.
On the occasion of the OECD Conference on Unleashing the Transformative Power of Culture and Creativity for Local Development, we asked our expert:
What government policies would you focus on to ensure cultural initiatives can promote local economic development, social inclusion and wellbeing in our cities and regions?
Nathalie Bondil - Director General and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Danielle Brazell - General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, US
Wanjiru Koinange - Co-Founder, Book Bunk, Kenya
Geoff Mulgan - CEO, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts – nesta, United Kingdom
Caroline Norbury - CEO Creative England, United Kingdom
Walter Zampieri - Head of Unit for Cultural Policy, DG Education and Culture, European Commission