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Culture experts urge ASEM governments to make creative cities more sustainable. Asia, Belgium, Europe, ASEF News, Culture NewsContributed by: Valentina Riccardi Date Posted: Thursday, 18th November 2010 | Comments: The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners organised the 4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe: Changing Challenges, New Ideas (CCS4) between 1 and 3 October in Brussels, on the eve of the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 8 Summit).

Culture experts urge ASEM governments to make creative cities more sustainable

Government's plans designed to boost construction, creative and other industries amidst cut in growth forecasts. In his Autumn Statement delivered to Parliament at lunchtime he also said that a new research and development tax credit; £250 million in support for energy-intensive industries and an extension to business rates holidays and reductions will benefit industry in the UK.

Government's plans designed to boost construction, creative and other industries amidst cut in growth forecasts

The Autumn Statement is an update on the Government's spending plans in the light of new economic data produced by the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). The state pension age will rise in 2026 from 66 to 67 "so we can pay decent pensions for longer", according to a statement from the Treasury. Osborne confirmed pre-statement reports that £5bn would be spent on infrastructure projects over the next three years and said that the money would come from budget savings. A £400m fund to kick-start construction projects that already have planning permission was announced. A National Infrastructure Plan will be published today giving details of 500 projects that will be worked on over the next 10 years. Creative cost saving ideas inside small governments? - budget efficiency costsaving. Especially now, during this time of economic downtown, it would seem to me that many small cities across the nation are probably struggling with budget shortfalls.

Creative cost saving ideas inside small governments? - budget efficiency costsaving

Are their online resources, forums or blogs that deal with collecting and discussing creative cost-saving measures for small cities ? I'd be especially interested in internal measures as opposed to citizen-related (external) programs, but any good links for either type would be appreciated. The city I work for has an internal program for soliciting ideas about cost savings. I'd like to submit some well-prepared and solidly researched ideas (to increase the chances of my ideas being accepted).

I've done a small amount of preliminary internet searches but I'm not a financier by trade so I am pretty sure I'm not using the correct terminology (thus my searches are only returning spotty isolated case results/studies). Exploratory study: Seminar "Development of local governments: sustainability, creativity and partnership" with Neil McInroy - Creative Economy/Creative Industries - Knowledge and Ideas Bank - British Council. Exploratory study: Seminar "Development of local governments: sustainability, creativity and partnership" with Neil McInroy The seminar “Development of local governments: sustainability, creativity and partnership” happened on March 30 – 31, 2010.

Exploratory study: Seminar "Development of local governments: sustainability, creativity and partnership" with Neil McInroy - Creative Economy/Creative Industries - Knowledge and Ideas Bank - British Council

Creative Governments – Part 2. ACS, A Xerox Company, Creative Solutions help Governments Stretch Budget Dollars / Xerox Newsroom. Dec 14, 2011 Check under the couch cushions for some loose change?

ACS, A Xerox Company, Creative Solutions help Governments Stretch Budget Dollars / Xerox Newsroom

Go for one less café latte each week? You’re not alone in trying to save money. Government agencies of all sizes are also facing belt-tightening challenges and have found creative and effective ways to reduce costs and improve the services they offer citizens. Many agencies are working with ACS, A Xerox Company, to help power processes directly affecting citizens: The state of Louisiana turned to ACS to help implement a new way to better manage time and attendance of its state-subsidized child care program. “It’s a huge challenge for the government agencies we work with—how to stay on budget and meet the needs of the people they serve,” said Joseph Doherty, executive vice president and chief operating officer, ACS Government Solutions. ACS provides services to more than 1,700 government agencies in all 50 states and around the world with solutions that show immediate results and can transform citizen service.

IPA welcomes launch of Government's strategy document for the creative industries. IPA President Moray MacLennan was one of the first to congratulate Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, on the launch of Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy at its launch this morning (22nd February 2008) which seeks to put the creative industries at the heart of the economy.

IPA welcomes launch of Government's strategy document for the creative industries

Does It Make Sense For Governments To Make Their Content Creative Commons... Or Fully Public Domain? One of the few good things that the US government has done on the copyright front was the decision decades back that nearly all works produced by the federal government automatically go into the public domain, and don't receive any form of copyright protection.

Does It Make Sense For Governments To Make Their Content Creative Commons... Or Fully Public Domain?

This makes perfect sense, considering the whole point of copyright law is supposed to be to encourage learning and progress, and to create incentives for that to occur. When it comes to government information, there is no such incentive necessary. I still find it odd that other countries haven't followed suit. Many countries -- especially British Commonwealth countries -- have a special form of copyright for government documents, called Crown Copyright. At times, such Crown Copyright rules have been used to censor dissent. So, it's certainly nice to hear, via James Firth, that the UK Parliament may consider moving away from relying on Crown Copyright on the works it produces.

Unique blog about creativity and innovative business models. Crowdsourcing is an innovative method of problem solving that could be implemented successfully in the public sphere.

Unique blog about creativity and innovative business models

Several initiatives that have been launched recently introduce this tool as one of the creative ways to increase public participation. This movement is certainly a positive sign for the future because today the regular people have limited option to express their opinion (elections each 4-5 years), to contribute in the rule-making process or to feedback the actions of their governments. Crowdsourcing is the neologism (a newly created word) coming from a combination of “crowd” and “outsourcing”. It is the act of outsourcing tasks that are usually performed by employees or contractors, to a large group of people or community (crowd) through an open call. Creative Governments use CROWDSOURCING.