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The cultural economy and its global reach

There’s been no shortage of attention in Canada and the United States about the growing importance of creative cultural industries in economic development at a More...

Place-based cultural tourism: A new planning paradigm

For the past decade, my work has focused on destination planning for cultural tourism.  Using principles and practices of cultural planning pioneered by my friend More...

Conversations, connections, and community building

I’ve just returned from an exciting conference where I sat through three days of sessions delivered by great presenters, heard two fabulous keynote speakers, and More...

New discourse on economic policy and politics

I’ve travelled across Canada and some European countries teaching the history of modern economic development. My lecture starts with Jacobs in the 1960s, moving to More...

Getting there from here

Reading the final document from the Rio+20 conference together with the Earth Charter leaves me with a sense of disquiet. Both are eloquent statements of More...

The right people for the right economy

In the world of economic development there’s a constant effort to better link people, their skills and job opportunities to ensure workers have access to More...

Assessing Impacts in Creative Placemaking

My last blog dealt with ‘creative placemaking’, which is receiving increased attention in both Canada and the United. The belief is that creative placemaking can More...

FDI and social media 3.0: going viral

“What are you doing today that will impact tomorrow”?  That was the first question we asked when we started planning our viral video campaign.  With More...

Campus Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Template for Success

The message is clear: entrepreneurs create jobs and stimulate economies, at the same time, more of our future leaders are interested in pursuing entrepreneurism. New More...

Are you going to map that? Application of GIS in Economic Development

IBM estimates that we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.  In case you’re wondering, that’s 18 zeroes to the left of the decimal.  More...

The allure of discovering and affordable housing to boot

Housing affordability is in the news. Again. Crashes, corrections, to rent or buy; it is constantly cycling through the headlines. And for good reason. Buying More...

The case for campus entrepreneurship support

It’s no surprise that global leaders are increasingly looking at entrepreneurship as a way to grow jobs and stimulate economies. The fact is, approximately 68% More...