Virginie Berger, founder of the DBTH agency
Virginie Berger is the founder of the DBTH agency, based in Paris. The agency specializes in strategy and business development for creative industries, innovative services, technologies and new media, particularly at international level. Convinced that the development of creative industries and digital cultures is crucial for economic and social development, Virginie affirms her position that culture plays a fundamental role in sustainable development.
“It is impossible to move forward without culture. Culture is related to democracy, to public and political expression, and through art, for example, to the emancipation of women, and of men as well, of course; it is also linked to education, since people must be educated about culture. In fact, I don’t think democracy can really be established without culture. Without a firmly established democracy, there is no economy. And without an economy, you can’t work on development.
Imagine what can happen from a political point of view: for example, when a dictator comes to power in a country, he destroys culture – just shuts it out –, as is unfortunately happening right now in many Eastern and Middle Eastern countries, but that’s just the beginning. Look at what they are doing in Afghanistan, for example. They’re shutting out culture, curbing expansion, imprisoning artists, singers, and actors, precisely because they facilitate the development of culture. Without culture, there’s no economy and without an economy, sustainable development is not possible.”