Tag Archives: creative

How to Have Creative Meetings

meetings

Most meetings are a waste of time.

I’m a big advocate of avoiding most of them, and focusing your time on the really important ones.  It’s incredibly important to manage it properly and make it a success.

Make sure you focus 40% of your attention for each meeting on preparation and getting everything right before you meet, then 20% of your attention on the meeting itself – the time you’re all together – and then spend 40% of your attention on the follow through. Continue reading How to Have Creative Meetings

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?

ISBE conference

I recently attended the ISBE conference and delivered a paper with my colleague Steve Harding. The paper is called Collaborative Learning with Creative Enterprises in the EU – a case study approach.
The conference had many different strands but the bits of interest to me are nicely captured by Frances Brown in her blog. And if you like fancy visuals, Frances created a picture of her ‘takeaways’ too.

Creative industries track (and a tiny bit of social and enterprise education)
Networks and Networking – “Fitting in and standing out” Eleanor Shaw
Everyone was talking about networks whether it was musician-entrepreneurs spending time and money to be part of their community via doing free gigs and supporting others gigs or networking being used as a learning experience via peer information sharing.  An interesting presentation looked at a new business that set up in a mature industry but quickly became embedded in and central to the network.  The study looked at the journey from pre-embedding to deep embedding via strategic networking, with intent.  Actively planning roles of each member of the business to network with others on their particular employment levels e.g. director and director, manager and manager and for a particular purpose.  The human capital of networks and communities were also considered in terms of entrepreneurs feeding into the community and having positive impact via contacts and reputation and the occurrence of an informal sharing and barter system.
Intent
Intent was considered again in relation to creative industries with it’s overwhelming drive to set up business for practice rather than for business sake.  In this case the complexity of the industry was examined with differing levels of intent arising in the form of ‘tactical’ intent – driven by desire to practice, often working towards an ultimate future goal – and ‘pragmatic’ intent of those who had multiple businesses over the research period and displayed a weak attachment to the projects/businesses as long as they were practicing in some way.

The discussions about networks, social & cultural capital are particularly pertinent for students launching a career in the media and creative industries. I touched on that in a previous post.

Tunde visits Sampad and takes a creative leap!

When I was first told I was going to interview someone for our Cultural Entrepreneurship blog, my heart skipped, mainly because I had never interviewed anyone before (except you count interviewing your friends about sports and music a real interview). However, the day came and I was totally excited because I had the opportunity to do what I hadn’t done before and it also gave me the opportunity to ‘travel’ and see the other side Birmingham. So I hopped on the bus armed with my phone for recording, my already prepared questions and my pen and paper for writing.

Continue reading Tunde visits Sampad and takes a creative leap!