British Council Creative Economy

Menu Show search

Resources

Explore our toolkits, research and guides.

Not sure where to start?

  • Browse our resources by scrolling down the page
  • Use the filters to select content by Theme, Region or Resource Type
  • Click on the links to download or open

Still got a question? Contact us

Research

Intersections: Emerging creative trends across UK art and digital culture

A series of conversations looking at the ideas and creative practices at the junctures of art and technology in the UK.

Open URL
Toolkits

Nesta Creative Enterprise Toolkit

Are you starting or running a creative business? The Nesta Creative Enterprise Toolkit has practical advice, based on case studies from hundreds of small businesses around the world that have taken part in Nesta/British Council training. The Toolkit is available in English, Spanish and Ukranian.

View
Toolkits

How to set up and run a creative hub

Hubs are co-working or cultural spaces focussed around collaboration and community. If you are looking to set one up or run one, the Creative HubKit has examples of best practices from some of the most successful hubs in the UK and Europe. It was created together with Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee.

View
Toolkits

How and why to run a creative hack

Hacks bring together people to find new ways of looking at challenges, start to think about ways of solving them, and most importantly finding ways to collaborate.

View
Toolkits

Find new ways of doing things

The IDEO methods cards have been created by design firm IDEO to inspire creativity, make it easier to communicate with your team, help you think about things differently.

Open URL
Policy Guides

Introduction to the Creative Economy

First published in 2010, this is an excellent guide to the creative economy, its reach and impact. Written by John Newbigin OBE.

View
Toolkits

Mapping the Creative Industries: a Toolkit

In many places, little is known about the size or location of the creative industries, or what their needs are. Mapping is the first step in changing this. This toolkit, developed by BOP Consulting does just that.

View
Evaluations

Creative Connections: Playable City Lagos

Evaluation by Nesta of the Playable City Lagos project. Helpful things to think about when taking the Playable City programme to other cities.

Download PDF
Research

Connecting Creative Communities: Creative Hubs in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines

Research published in 2017. Beyond identifying and indexing creative hubs in Malaysia, the research looked at the challenges they face, how they operate and assessed their impact.

Download PDF
Policy Guides

Creative Hubs Mapping Taiwan

How the creative economy in Taiwan is developing, with recommendations and outlooks for the future.

Download PDF
Policy Guides

Mapping Creative Hubs in Malaysia

Mapping of creative hubs, including what we include in the definition of hubs, background, business models and structures. It also includes a directory of creative hubs and spaces in Malaysia.

Download PDF
Policy Guides

Policy and Creative Hubs in Vietnam

An overview of the cultural and creative industries and creative hubs in Vietnam. Includes an analysis of where hubs sit within the legal system.

Download PDF
Research

Innovative Peacebuilding in Syria

A scoping study looking at the strategic use of technology to build peace in the Syrian context. The research in this report reviews the global context of the peacetech sector and examines current uses of technology in peacebuilding initiatives in the Syrian context. Click through for the Arabic version.

Download PDF