Happy summer everyone!
I recently did an interview with Tom Aageson, the Co-Founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship (who also happens to be my dad), for my personal podcast, The Big Vision Podcast, and personal blog, Have Fun, Do Good.
I thought I’d cross-post our conversation below, in case any of you would like to read it. You can also listen to the interview on the player at the bottom of this post, on the Big Vision Podcast landing page, or on iTunes.
We started our conversation with Tom describing what cultural entrepreneurship is:
Tom Aageson: Cultural entrepreneurship is an effort on the part of an entrepreneur who is very committed to cultural development and sees opportunities. They’re really visionaries. They’re catalysts for economic development for cultural workers to develop enterprises that are either for-profit, or not-for-profit, it can be either, that generate employment.
They also enrich the community’s culture, and they use cultural capital. That can mean, for example, language; it can mean architecture; it can mean food; it can mean artisan work, or artistic work. It’s all a resource that can be converted into an enterprise for a community.
They can also use things like creative tourism to develop an enterprise based on people coming to experience the culture.
Britt Bravo: Can you give an example, or tell a story so that if someone saw it, they’d say, “Oh! That’s what that is. That’s cultural entrepreneurship.”