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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:

Get Lucky

How much luck do you need in business? Are entrepreneurs lucky? According to this article in Start-Up Donut, many successful entrepreneurs attribute their success, at least partly, to being in the right place at the right time; in other words, luck.

But clearly it is not all about luck. An entrepreneurial idea needs to be developed and planned before it can become a successful venture. Once established, it needs to be managed and the entrepreneur will need to be strategic in their approach. Some people talk about ‘making your own luck’ by ensuring that you take up the opportunities when they come your way. In the article, Levi Roots says:

I’m surprised how humble a lot of successful people are. They frequently tell
you they’ve been lucky, but most of them have either made their own luck or at
least taken full advantage when a little bit of luck has come their way.

As a new group of students start on the MA Media and Creative Enterprise , I am going to suggest that they think about how to make their own luck as well as doing their research and planning.

Enterprise Education for Creative Subject Students

Frances Brown invited me to contribute to this guide, Insight and Inspiration: Enterprise Education for Creative Subject Students. Commissioned by NACUE/CREATE it is aimed at educators but could be very useful for students too. NACUE/CREATE write:

This guide was designed to be of use to educators in a variety of different roles and with varying levels of experience, for this reason we created it in two parts. The first part of the guide provides insight from students, graduates, creative business owners and educators on the kind of issues that may arise and the very specific needs of budding creatives, and part two outlines ideas for learning activities and shares exemplars from the great work in creative enterprise education across the UK. Continue reading Enterprise Education for Creative Subject Students

Defining Cultural Entrepreneurship

Cultural Entrepreneurship is difficult to define. Are we taking a wide definition of ‘culture’ to include a ‘way of life’ or are we taking about the ‘arts’ or the ‘creative industries’?

Of course, there is no single definition.

In the Guardian’s Secret Entrepreneur series,  there is a debate about whether or not a definition for social enterprise is important. According to the Secret Entrepreneur:

Social enterprise is a melting pot from which anything might emerge. Continue reading Defining Cultural Entrepreneurship

Enterprise Education for the Creative Industries

There is relatively little written about enterprise education for the creative industries. Nascent Entrepreneurship and Learning by Karatas-Ozkan and Chell is a useful contribution although it does not aim to be specifically about the creative industries.

But what else is going on in terms of enterprise education for the creative industries? Continue reading Enterprise Education for the Creative Industries