Undoubtedly, cities which harness a strong, resilient and innovative creative economy are likely to be more successful overall: they are probably more open, collaborative, connected and confident. They are also more likely to be big cities – with economies of scale, world class education institutions, capacity and existing brands. But, the global economic crisis has mobilized people to think and act locally and to go for quality and distinctiveness; to reconceptualize ‘growth’; and to even perhaps slow down. Plus the pervasiveness of digital technology opens up opportunities to participate (culturally and economically) in many more places.
Perhaps then the time has come for the creative smaller city?
This workshop combines wider analysis and commentary on agendas for creative city-making with case studies and perspectives from smaller cities. It will draw on strategy and action in smaller cities across the world where Dr Tom Fleming has played a role – including several European Capitals of Culture. It will re-orient the creative city narrative and ask whether smaller cities can start to think big.
This workshop is designed to fill the gap between a typical short webinar and a longer online course. Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for two (2) hours, once a week for three weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks. There is no grading.
Instructor: Dr. Tom Fleming
Standard Fee: $325 CAN
Three scheduled online sessions: Tuesdays, October 16, 23 and 30, from 11am – 1pm PST/PDT
The format of this workshop is 100% online.