The UNESCO has recently launched ‘Re-Saphing Cultural Policies – Advancing Creativity for development’ Global Report 2018 which analyses the progress achieved in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expresions (2015).
The report is structured in four areas corresponding with the Convention framework’s goals:
- Goal 1: Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
- Goal 2: Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural profesionals
- Goal 3: Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
The report also links the pursuit of these objectives to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlining a road map for the coming years to become an effective tool for harnessing policy dialogue and transformation.
On this first brief review, the focus is going to be addressed to the ‘Goal 1: Support sustainable systems of governance for culture’ successes, challenges and recommendations highlighted on the report.
In the framework of the 2005 Convention, national policies and measures are implemented to promote creation, production, distribution and access of cultural goods, generating informed, transparent and participatory systems of governance for culture. The report experts have identified the following:
- Legislative base for cultural industries
- Access to internet and media freedom and diversity established
- Interministerial collaboration for the creative economy expanded
- Rising investments n digital creativity and entrepreneurship
- Civil society organizations engaging in cultural policy issues
- Insufficient budgets to fully implement cultural policies
- Civil society organizations lack capacities to fully impact policy action
- Not all groups in society are served by public service media policies
- Unfair remuneration of creators in the digital environment
- Develop structured platforms for policy dialogue
- Adopt comprehensive digital agendas and infrastructure plans
- Provide adequate resources and skills for civil society organizations
- Invest in local quality content production
As the Info-graphy from the report shows, integrative policies are needed to achieve dynamic cultural industries with the active participation of multiple stakeholders for cultural policy making.
This collaborative governance can be implemented through structured digital platforms able to identified all stakeholders and actors from civil society and public sector; being a hub for listening them and creating the policy dialogue both online and offline (workshops, labs, symposiums, fora) to co-create cultural policies with a solid and active engagement of all stakeholders.
For this engagement to be fully effective, it is necessary to provide capacity building opportunities for civil society on key skills and abilities regarding policy making and evaluation, project management, digital and creative economy, open innovation and convergence.
On the other side, public sector have to invest and facilitate this capacity building and strengthen the social capital and continue harnessing digital creativity and entrepreneurship. Public sector have to also be trained on audience development and storytelling and how to communicate cultural policy and how to co-create cultural policy narratives with civil society and citizens.
This context presents the right scenario for Cities/Regions Labs with the active participation of all stakeholders involved on cultural policy making, both from public and private sector (International Organizations, Ministries, NGOs, Foundations, etc).
From your point of view, Which arethe most important resources and skills to empower civil society organizations, cultural practicioners and artists? Which areas (digital skills, communication, Project management/business modelling, policy design, etc.) should be prioritized from policy point of view to dedicating resources and trainings? Look forward to your comments! Have a great week!
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