April 25, 2008

UNCTAD.ORG: download The Creative Economy Report This should be a pretty good read: UNCTAD.ORG >> The Creative Economy Report >> Creative Economy Report 2008: The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making. (this is a free download) "At the heart of the creative economy lie the creative industries. Loosely defined, the creative industries are at the crossroads of arts, culture, business and technology and use intellectual capital as their primary input. Today´s creative industries range from folk art, festivals, music, books, newspapers, paintings, sculptures and performing arts to more technology-intensive subsectors such as the film industry, TV and radio broadcasting, digital animation and video games, and more service-oriented fields such as architectural and advertising services. The Creative Economy Report 2008 - The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making is the first comprehensive study to present the United Nations perspective on this emerging topic. This policy-oriented analysis is intended to facilitate a better understanding of the key issues underlying the emerging creative economy at national and international levels. It brings together contributions from five United Nations organizations, namely UNCTAD, UNDP UNESCO, WIPO and the International Trade Centre (ITC), in a joint endeavour to enhance policy coherence and international action in this area. The statistical annex presents first-hand trade data and pioneering analysis of international trade flows of creative goods and services in world markets...."

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