A ‘Creative class’ from 48 US cities, Canada and Puerto Rico gathered in 2003 to define what would make communities competitive in today’s economy. The power of ideas was highlighted as a main engine of development by the so -called ‘Creative 100’ – 100 artists which were nominated to develop the Manifesto.
Empowering individuals to express their creative spirit and use it as responsible citizens is at the core of the Manifesto which also lists a number of principles which need to be adopted to achieve this goal. They include rewarding and investing in creativity and what makes a particular community different and specific, recognising the value of diversity and ensuring that barriers to creativity are removed and that everyone, and children especially, are able to exercise creativity as a right and access lifelong quality education. Those committed to building creative communities also have to inspire, mobilise and take personal responsibility to promote creativity.
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