The Importance of Culture To the Well-Being of Societies John Gordon Culture and Art-related Activities OECD Statistics Directorate Measuring Well-being and Societal Progress OECD/ CRELL-JRC Workshop Milan, June 19, 2006 Culture Statistics at the OECD New special project
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The Importance of Culture To the Well-Being of SocietiesJohn GordonCulture and Art-related ActivitiesOECD Statistics DirectorateMeasuring Well-being and Societal ProgressOECD/CRELL-JRC WorkshopMilan, June 19, 2006
Culture is learned as a child and as children we learned from those around us a particular set of rules, beliefs, priorities and expectations that moulded our world into a meaningful whole. That is culture.
Ruth Benedict in Patterns of Culture
Source: D. Paul Schafer: Revolution or Renaissance
“The Impacts and significance of the arts and culture - as part of a continuum and ecosystem of creativity and innovation – are now widely understood to reach far beyond intrinsic values and touch on matters . . . such as social cohesion, economic innovation, regeneration, the creative and knowledge economy, inward investment strategies, tourism and quality of life.”
International Intelligence on Culture & Cultural Capital Ltd. & Partners
for Honk Kong Arts Development Council
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People don't necessarily get involved with culture for economic reasons therefore we should not expect to get a full measure of a culture’s importance using economic indicators alone.
Paris: December 4-5, 2006