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10 July 2016

Together we know more: read our annual report

Huge shifts in the global economy, technology, migration and urbanisation are generating new opportunities as well as rising inequality. We need creative and collaborative ways to live and work together in our interdependent world.

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Our annual report provides a snapshot of what we achieved together. It focuses on three symbiotic areas that are vital for their future success: developing hubs and communities, entrepreneurship and collaboration through creative technology.

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The creative industries are recognised as a source of innovation, economic growth, personal wellbeing and community cohesion. But harnessing their potential isn’t always easy. Digital technology means this dynamic sector is changing even faster; opening up new possibilities for creative experiences and disrupting old industrial models.

The Creative Economy team supports new collaborations, learning and policy development with the rapidly-changing creative and digital industries worldwide. We provide the space, tools and connections for people from different backgrounds to test imaginative ideas, learn new skills and tackle social and civic challenges together.

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We aim to build long-term systemic change for a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable creative future. In 2015/16 we worked directly with over 110 local partners in 30 countries to support thousands of creative professionals.

This report is a snapshot of what we achieved together. It focuses on three symbiotic areas that are vital for their future success: developing hubs and communities, entrepreneurship and collaboration through creative technology.

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In line with this dynamic sector and global context, we are proud to take an open, participatory and iterative approach. This is underpinned by regular research and consultation with our expert global teams and advisors. We try to work holistically; bringing together artists and technologists, entrepreneurs and policymakers, institutions and grassroot communities. We commission independent evaluations using our theory of change. Our work contributes to the wider British Council objectives in Arts, Cultural Skills and Education.

Much of this work was seeded by an FCO fund of £1million to encourage new enterprise and growth in developing economies. With this we were able to leverage much greater commitment in time, energy and resources. We would like to thank all those who have worked with us, inspired and supported us. We’re excited about building on what we learnt this year and working with you for a brighter future. Together we know more.

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