Strategic Planning Workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

Commissioned by the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, David delivered a Strategic Planning workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Working in partnership with the British Council in Georgia, David designed and delivered the workshop with Georgian expert Shorena Lortkipanidze.

Workshop participants were leaders from the cultural industries and creative enterprises in Georgia.

Strategic Planning workshop for Cultural Leaders in Georgia
Cultural Leaders at the Strategic Planning workshop

The strategic planning workshop was designed to increase the strategic planning skills of cultural and creative leaders in Georgia, using strategic planning models, techniques and tools adapted to the the needs of cultural organisations and creative enterprises in the context of the Creative Economy in Georgia. David and Shorena designed the workshop, which used a blend of presentations, group work and discussions, supported by printed materials and additional online resources.

Some strategic planning tools, techniques, articles and other resources used in the workshop are also online and available for other leaders in the cultural and creative industries to use:

‘Create Your Own Business Formula’ – article available to download in several languages (more…)
‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ – free eBook version in English (more...)

Vision and Success. The importance of a Strategic Vision and clear Definition of Success (more…)
Internal Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses using the PRIMEFACT checklist (more…)
External Analysis of Opportunities and Threats using the ICEDRIPS checklist (more…)
SWOT Analysis for Creative and Cultural Enterprises (more…)
Competitive Advantage. Online article and downloadable PDF. (more…)
Strategic Marketing. eBook ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success. 63 Tips, Techniques and Tales for Creative Entrepreneurs’ (more…)

– “Ideas in Action” creative business case studies including ‘An Artist with a Passion and a Focus’ (more…)
Strategic Planning Framework for Creative and Cultural Enterprises (more…)

also connected to the strategic planning workshop…

Cultural Industries support project to help arts organisations and cultural enterprises to become more financially self-sustaining and enterprising at a time of public sector cuts – ‘Fit for the Future’ (more…)
– Strategic planning workshop participants and others can sign up for free information, ideas, tools, techniques and special offers to help them make their cultural organisations and creative enterprises more successful (more…)


Cultural Leaders in Strategic Planning workshop

Shorena Lortkipanidze and David Parrish
Shorena Lortkipanidze and David Parrish

Strategic Planning workshop participants with David's book

The Culture & Creativity EU-Eastern Partnership Programme is designed to help the cultural industries and creative enterprises in Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova.

The Programme is managed by a consortium led by the British Council, in partnership with the Soros Foundation-Moldova, the National Centre for Culture of Poland and the Goethe-Institute.

David works around the world helping cultural and creative enterprises to become even more successful by using smart business techniques that fit with their artistic mission, values and objectives.

The international perspective of the Programme, shared by David, encourages learning between different countries and cultures.
David said:
“I am delighted to be working with the Culture & Creativity EU Eastern Partnership Programme because my work is international and I passionately believe in international co-operation. Creative and cultural enterprises can learn so much from each other, adopting effective business models and techniques, then creatively adapting them to local circumstances. My mission is to help creative and cultural entrepreneurs to become even more successful by using smart techniques that fit with their values and objectives. We can often learn from cultural enterprises and creative businesses in other countries and cultures. My international work facilitates this cross-pollination of ideas, techniques, business models and strategies.”

David speaking at Strategic Planning Workshop for Cultural Leaders

David has worked internationally with the British Council in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Georgia, Lithuania, the Philippines, Taiwan, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe on various projects to help develop the Creative Economy and the Creative Industries.

He also works in partnership with a number of other organisations world-wide that support the development of the cultural sector and the creative industries. His projects and clients include government departments, national agencies, creative businesses, NGOs and third-sector organisations, arts organisations, conference organisers, economic development agencies, universities, professional associations and other clients in more than 40 countries world-wide.


Culture & Creativity Leaders Georgia


Culture & Creativity EU-Eastern Partnership Programme