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Podcast Series: The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur

This series of podcasts about my book, Cultural Entrepreneurship, are in French and English. They were produced in conversation with my colleagues Dr Karen Patel (English version) and Professor Paul Long (French version).

In this podcast, The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur, I explore who is a cultural entrepreneur and how we might compare or contrast them to entrepreneurs. I mention scholars who take a critical view of entrepreneurship in the creative industries and I introduce the idea of ‘becoming’ a cultural entrepreneur.

The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur – in English

The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur – in French

Beyond the Campus

What role does Higher Education play in creating platforms, spaces and networks for creative arts and the creative industries? This question was the topic for the third workshop in a series of events, Beyond the Campus organised by Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Abigail Gilmore and hosted by my colleague Dr Paul Long on Wednesday 6th November 2013.

The workshop focused on collaborations, networks and spaces shared by creative industries and higher education exploring both formal arrangements and practices as well as informal  networks and shared activities. Different spaces and networks were discussed including a keynote talk from Sebastian Olma challenging us to re-think the nature of work and the environments conducive to current working practices. Olma’s work is based on his study of serendipity as a crucial ingredient in innovative and entrepreneurial models of work, discussed previously in this blog.

My own contribution was a study of Birmingham’s creative milieu and how it can act as a space for students in ‘becoming’ a creative industries professional.  My research suggests that an opportunity to interact with the local creative industries community can offer an environment for experimentation in preparing for the realities of creative industries work.

I argue that by engaging in a creative industries milieu, characterized by its networks, relationships, key individuals and spaces (on and offline), students experience the realities of cultural work. Some students contribute to the local dynamic, establishing relationships which last well beyond their studies. But the process of immersing oneself requires cultural and social capital, and, as a student, is by no means easy. The research highlights some of the challenges through my interviews with international students and networks such as Birmingham’s Social Media Cafe. I suggest that a focus on encouraging interaction to explore the realities of creative work leaves little room for contesting or disrupting the status quo. A lack of critical reflection could be dangerous for creative industries students entering what is often described by academics as insecure and precarious work.

I hope that as part of the Beyond the Campus research, some of these challenges will be further developed.

My presentation slides:

What is Creative Citizenship?

Today I attended a  Creative Citizens research project meeting held at Birmingham’s Moseley Exchange. I was invited to attend the meeting by one of the co-investigators, Caroline Chapain from the University of Birmingham. The research is partly funded by the AHRC and involves four universities each with their industry or community partners. Continue reading What is Creative Citizenship?

The Pros and Cons of Networking

You’ve probably heard the expression ‘It’s not what you know, its who you know’. If you are developing a career in the media or creative industries this certainly seems to be true.

Certainly, your contacts and your ability to network is going to help you progress in a highly competitive industry. However, it is easier said than done.

I had an interesting discussion with MA Media students yesterday about the challenges and difficulties associated with networking, particularly when you are new to an area. Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Networking

Collette Waudby – A Cultural Enterprise Case Study

Collette Waudy Ltd started in 1995 as a jewellery designer-maker in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.Here she talks about her experiences of running a business within the creative industries.

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