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Reflecting on BOP's growth and increasing global presence, associate Tom Campbell sat down with co-founder Josephine Burns to discuss BOP’s foundational values and vision.
Reflecting on where BOP is today, Jo observes how BOP’s early values still resonate in an increasingly international consultancy. 25 years on and working across 50 countries, she notes how BOP continues to make “the same fundamental arguments for how culture has the potential to transform, connect and create opportunities. That applies as much to Manchester in the 1990s as it does to South Korea in the 2020s”.
Alongside Paul Owens, Jo founded BOP in 1997. During her tenure she led on a wide range of projects, including the Edinburgh Festivals Impact study, and worked with organisations such as Glasgow Citizens Theatre, LIFT, Streetwise Opera and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
She continues her involvement with BOP as well as undertaking freelance work. She regularly chairs and presents at conferences and events, nationally and internationally. As an independent, she is working with a range of organisations including IdeasTap, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival and Without Walls, where she is the executive chair. In a voluntary capacity, she is the chair of Shoreditch Trust.
Read the full interview here.
Read more about our over two decades of work and history spanning over two decades here.
BOP's Origins & Values: Interview with Jo Burns
Co-founder Josephine Burns discusses the birth of BOP, its foundational values and increased international reach.
May 17, 2023
A global research and consulting practice for culture and the creative economy
Feb 16, 2024
Rachel Kuhn and David Hingley discuss three key takeaways from recent high-profile closures.
Why are City-Centre Attractions Closing?
David Hingley BEM
Feb 15, 2024
Our team clears up a common misconception.
What is the Difference Between a Feasibility and Viability Study?
Jan 29, 2024
We at BOP are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Tim Joss in an accident last week.
Tribute to Aesop Founder and CEO, Tim Joss
Jan 23, 2024
Associate Director, Rachel Kuhn reports on Museum Connections Paris.
AI and Visitor Experience at Museum Connections
Jan 10, 2024
2023 was marked by our fastest-ever expansion. Our team reflects on this landmark year, highlighting key milestones and projects.
BOP’s 2023 in Review
Dec 13, 2023
Our team shares how the framework behind BOP500 can power sustainable development in cities around the world.
Cultural Capability: Rethinking Culture for the 21st Century
Dec 1, 2023
Senior Consultant Martha Pym travels to Casablanca to share how strengthening place and authenticity can ensure citizens have a place alongside tourism.
Africa Place Marketing Conference: Citizen Participation for Sustainable and Inclusive Territorial Marketing
Nov 22, 2023
Co-founder Paul Owens joined by regional panel to discuss the Gulf’s rapidly growing sector and exciting possibilities for international collaboration.
BEYOND Conference, Ambition and Transformation: Emerging Creative R&D Practice in the Gulf
Nov 14, 2023
BOP Consulting acted as the secretariat for the Creative Industries Council working group, offering pro-bono administration, communications and policy support.
Creative Industries Council Endorse Creative Climate Charter
Oct 23, 2023
Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP Consulting at the World Conference on Cultural Cities in Chengdu, China.
World Conference on Cultural Cities, City Ideas
Sep 12, 2023
Chief Economist, Jonathan Todd, travelled to V&A Dundee to present the findings of our five-year Impact Study with 'tialt' to museum staff and stakeholders.
V&A Dundee Impact Study Featured in the Scotsman, The Herald & Scottish Field
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Tom Campbell is a Senior Associate of BOP. Tom currently leads our work on World Cities and works on a range of innovation and cultural master planning projects.
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