November 11 - 13, 2009
The second annual conference of the International Benchmarking Consortium took place in Barcelona November 11 - 13, 2009 and focused on "Creativity and Talent in an Urban Environment."
Both analysts and policy-makers agree nowadays that creativity is one of the main drivers of the economic development of urban areas. Creativity is essential for cultural industries, companies, development. One of the key elements in order to achieve a creative atmosphere is the generation, attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, both creativity and talent concentrate with special intensity in metropolitan areas and the urban model strongly influences the interaction between economic activities, citizens and the ,have a very significant role to play in the development of creativity and talent, as well as in the public sector response to the current crisis.
Read the Talent Attraction Report that was prepared for the conference.
Read the Executive Summary
Here are other presentations given at the conference.
Opening Keynote Address: Ms. Beth
Gali, Architect, BB+GG Architects
Panel on Creative Industries and Regional Competitiveness
- Mr. Euro Hostila, Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki
- Ms. Anne Stenros, Kone Corporation (Finland)
- Mr. Scott Jackson, VP External Affairs, PATH
Approaching Urban Competitiveness in Europe: Which factors play a key role?
Panel on Local Policies for Creative City-Regions
- Mrs. Tuula Haatainen, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki
- Mr. Hiroyuki Takada, Deputy Mayor, City of Fukuoka
- Derek Corrigan, Mayor of Burnaby, Metro Vancouver Director
Keynote Speaker: Interdisciplinary
Innovation and the Talent Connection: Mr. Nick Leon, Director of Design
Keynote IRBC Presentation: A Tale of Ten Cities - Attracting and Retaining Talent, Mr. Michael Luis, President of Luis and Associates and Dr. Stuart Elway, President of Elway Research
Panel on "How do our cities respond to the crisis?"
Panel on the "Role of Local Actors in Talent Attraction and Integration Strategies
- Dr. Hiroto Yasuura, Executive Vice President of Kyushu University
- Mr. Hans Peter Heidebach, Head of Employment & Economic Strategies, City of Munich
- Ms. Anna Molero, General Director of Barcelona Activa, City of Barcelona
Panel on Building a Sustainable City-region
- City of Daejeon, Happy Stream Making Project, Mr. Lim-moo Lee, Manager of International Affairs and Education Office, Daejeon
- City of Munich, OKOPROFIT and Mobility Management, Mr. Roland Hosl, Manager of the Mobility Management Project
- Metro Vancouver, A More Liveable and Sustainable Region, Mr. Derek Corrigan, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Mayor of Burnaby, BC
- Barcelona, Universities and Regional Development in the "Knowledge Capital
- Sweden, Foundation for Collaboration between the Universities in Uppsala, the Business Community and the Public Sector
- Kyushu University, The role of Universities for Societies and the World
Presentation of Fukuoka as organizer of the 3rd IRBC Conference in 2010