The Creative Entrepreneur

I am interested in the potential of the profile of the average creative entrepreneur to lead us out of our post-Covid doldrums, a profile that can marry the creation of economic wealth with other value-added contributions of strong ethics to return us to as much respect for our social and cultural wealth as Western cultures have given to money since the 1980s. Continue reading The Creative Entrepreneur

Losing Cultural Diplomacy

This text is an aggregate of various Web contributions culled to construct a keynote presentation I was asked to make to the closing session at the ENCATC Academy held in Brussels on 7 Dec 2012. The overt topic was to promote debate on the impact of social media and commerce on cultural diplomacy.

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Cultural Entrepreneurs: The New Diplomats?

This article is the full text of a presentation I made on 13 September 2012 at Goldsmiths College University of London for the 20th Anniversary conference of ENCATC. The seminar I was contributing to had been asked to consider the item: From the state to the commercial: new models of cultural relations and diplomacy

My work regularly leads me to interrogate five notions: Continue reading Cultural Entrepreneurs: The New Diplomats?

It’s Time for the Generalist

Inspired by entries in Smashing Magazine and Psychology Today, I had been working on this article for some time; but spending an evening with the self-help mob the other night, where Barbara Winter made a plea for the return of the Renaissance Man, I was prompted to post it right away. 

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Tapas Goyescas


This poem is part of a series I wrote while on a break on the Costa del SolThe tapas bar in question was in Benalmadena Puerto but has now closed: 

The chalked sign reads Comida casera
Home cooking – except, disappointed,
One Spanish customer has angrily obliterated
That choice word casera.

Steel trays, neat and stainless,
Top the bar in a cool cabinet
Parading their wares like babies in an incubator
Podgy meatballs dripping in oil,
Melting chicken, wasted peppers.

Diners greedily eye the offerings
Ordering with a stab of the finger
Return to a stool to sit out the time
Until a waitress brings the slaughter.

Sharp eyes, pleased, rove over the carnage
The uneven teeth and fuller lips
Closing round the succulent mortals
Squeezing dry the flowing juices
All washed down with a beer or rioja.

Till replete, the eye now duller
The fat mouth red as blood from the sauces
Overweight hands wipe evidence inaccurately
Leaving tell-tale stains to adorn the napkins.

The odd burp, a furtive toothpick
And off into the night we stutter
Growling softly.

Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Mobility

This post comes from a presentation I was asked to make for the Creative Mobility session at the 2nd annual Cultural Diplomacy Seminar  of the London branch of EUNIC on 1st July 2011 at Europe House. The brief was to reveal any specific thoughts, ideas, visions or theories that I may hold about creative mobility, in particular future visions of how mobility could be utilised to enhance the economic and co-production opportunities for artists and cultural producers in these difficult times. Continue reading Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Mobility

Pacing Yourself

This article forms part of a series where the benefit of hindsight over a long career allows me to dare to offer advice to younger entrepreneurs and managers. As my responses are often prompted by a query I have received, I find that each input has a better guarantee of being timely, relevant and of good reflective quality – all objectives in my content strategy. In this way they seem to meet a wider concern than just that of the person who asked the question in the first place. Continue reading Pacing Yourself

World Music as Cultural Diplomacy?

This article comes out of an invitation from WOMEX 2011, the World Music Expo meeting that October in Copenhagen, to address the question:

“What are the practicalities, challenges and ethics of world music as cultural diplomacy today? And is it becoming more or less relevant to the sector?”

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Nine Hints on How to Talk to a Cultural Attaché

These nine hints on how to talk to a cultural attaché come out of an invitation from BAFA to speak at their annual conference of UK arts festivals in 2010, held in Brighton in the November of that year. I formed part of  a panel presentation on international links where I was asked to address the question: “The Ecology of the Cultural Attaché”.

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