The Importance of Culture

This episode presents some of the main discussions about culture as a development infrastructure. Some debates between culture and development, globalization, the economic dimension of culture and an introduction on the scope of cultural policies are presented.


  • Understand the relationship between cultural and creative work and different components of development
  • Understand the main definitions of cultural and creative industries
  • Understand the different dimensions of value generated by cultural and creative work
  • Understand the main critics to the creative economy discourse


  1. What is the condition of cultural policies in your region or country? Check official documents such as laws, economic impact analysis, reports and papers, etc.
  2. Identifies the entities responsible for promoting the cultural and creative industries in your country or region.
  3. Identify the strategies defined and the incentives available to cultural and creative entrepreneurs.


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