The Cultural Economy Comes of Age: Focusing on Process Over Product

“The cultural economy is not only about output but also about processes.” This was the central message of Professor Andy C. Pratt’s opening remarks that launched and framed Poder Hacer, the first international conference on creative cities held in Mexico City. The recent two-day symposium (September 22–23) organized a collection of keynote speakers, performers, and talks engaging new ways to expand “the scope of civic action within the creation of new public policy for creative agents”. In an attempt to signal the key ideas of the conference, Pratt’s initial address drew upon his extensive research as a professor of Cultural Economy at the City University London dedicated to investigating th

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