Making Sense Together
1. Public policy making is profoundly improved by applying a cultural perspective to ALL activities.
2. The most important priority in the development of arts policy is the facilitation of widespread, active and collaborative arts-making in communities.
The public planning sector has been awash with new ‘paradigms’ for at least a decade. For all their variety, they share common concerns: sustainability, equity, engagement and wellbeing. These paradigms also share an appreciation of the cause of community decline: Disconnectedness - the breakdown of a shared sense of purpose, the attenuation of a sense of belonging to groups that are living and preparing for the future together, the increase in isolation.
It is in addressing this issue that culture can be extremely valuable.
One of the most useful ways of looking at culture is to think of it as describing the ways that we make sense of our lives together, or in more formal terms, as the social production of meaning.
Cultural Policy Analyst