In 2010 I had the great privilege of publishing Rediscovering the Wealth of Places: A Municipal Cultural Planning Handbook for Canadian Communities through Municipal World. I am pleased to say the book has received very positive reviews both in Canada and abroad and has now been sold in 6 countries.
The title of course is a play on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. As all of us in economic development know it is cities and regions – not nations – that produce wealth. As more and more communities look to culture-led economic development as an important part of building new economic development strategies to deal with new economic times, the book is an introduction to municipal cultural planning concepts and methodologies. One important part of the book addresses cultural mapping as a systematic approach to identifying and leveraging a wide range of local cultural assets to suppport economic and broader community development agendas. A second strong focus is on the effective integration of culture in planning and decision-making across municipal departments.
The book contains examples of leading practice s from Canada and abroad. It also features chapters that ‘dig deeper’ on specific themes written by some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in their fields. These include chapters from Elena Bird, David T. Brown, Susan M. Gardner, Jeannette Hanna, Gord Hume,Jennifer Keesmaat, Mark Kuznicki, Colin Mercer, and Kevin Stolarick.
The following video provides a brief introduction to the book and some of its major themes.