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World Cities Culture Report 2015

The 2015 edition of the World Cities Culture Report is the most comprehensive report to date. Dedicated to the part culture will play in the life of world cities in years to come, the Forum now boasts a network of over 30 cities. Together they tackle the issues that will determine sustainable urban development: How can culture solve some of the biggest challenges of our urban environments? How do cities understand culture’s role in the way their citizens live, work and play? What will be the link between culture and urban citizenship?

World Cities

Our major initiative, the World Cities Culture Report 2015, was launched today in London. The findings from the report are too good not to share, so each day we are publishing an excerpt along with a reading list for delegates and researchers. Day one is focused on Innovation.


Theme 1: World Cities are Innovation Hubs for the Global Economy

World cities specialise in bringing people and ideas together. Historically, cities grew around markets but also around universities. They spawned coffee houses and public spaces, informal places where people could gossip and where new ideas could be born. Cities still work like this, and industries, especially knowledge industries, can still be found at the heart of cities, even though technology means they can be located anywhere in the world. Global cities are growing rapidly, sometimes reversing decades of decline. This growth attracts people from a variety of backgrounds from home and abroad, combining new ideas and energy. Patterns of historically high migration and the march of urbanisation suggests the growth will continue. Many opinion leaders interviewed for this report saw this diversity as a tremendous opportunity–economically, socially and culturally. World cities are key connection points in a global network of cities. They link their own countries to global markets, while supporting communication in and between themselves. With their diversity and connectivity, their tolerance and openness, it is unsurprising that world cities are leaders in culture and creativity.



Our innovation in cities reading list


  • MIT News give a good primer on innovation in cities, reporting that as “the population of a city doubles, economic productivity goes up by an average of 130 percent.”

  • Creative workers are an important part of this mix. This excellent Nesta working paper shows that creative industries firms are more likely to introduce original product innovations, and creative workers are a robust driver of innovation. The Art of Innovation may show why - attitudes, work practices, and the value that culture brings itself.

  • For big cities, this advantage may be waning and cities are beginning to specialise.

  • Forward-thinking policymakers are responding with initiatives using design and data in particular.


We’d love your recommendations for further reading – get in touch with us below.

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Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

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This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril

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COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

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Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

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COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Jul 30, 2020

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

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COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Jul 20, 2020

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Jul 7, 2020

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Jun 30, 2020

Recovery and renewal will depend on how we address the three dimensions of the crisis

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Paul Owens

Take planning and collaboration to whole a new level.

Jun 3, 2020

In the face of radical uncertainty leaders and policy-makers will have to take planning and collaboration to whole a new level

‘Plans are useless, planning is essential’

Paul Owens

Relief, Recovery and Renewal

May 13, 2020

Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis

Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future

Paul Owens

The Golden Thread in the 2020s

Dec 20, 2019

A cause for optimism

Weaving the Golden Thread into the 2020s

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Paul is a leading international advisor and practitioner in cultural policy and creative economy. He is Co-Founder of BOP, and alongside his fellow directors he has pioneered now well-established methods to measure the impact of cultural policy. 

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