Call For Participants – Creative Citizens Fair, 27th June 2015

June 5th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Community-led Design Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments

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We’d like to invite creative citizens and community organisations to take part in the Creative Citizens Fair on 27th June 2015 at Birmingham’s Impact Hub. The event, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme is free, family friendly and runs from 11.00am-4.00pm, covering themes around creative citizenship, community initiatives, social projects and […]

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Nurturing the Creative Citizen: MAIA Creatives

May 18th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Creative Networks Research | no comments

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MAIA Creatives is a community interest company that seeks to support the wellbeing of those within the creative industries, in particular, in becoming financially sustainable, through providing opportunities, training, skills development and more. Here, I interview young founder and director, Amahra Spence, about nurturing Birmingham’s creative community.     What is your motivation? Why did you start MAIA […]

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A social network for democracy?

April 8th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments

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Today, we’re pleased to feature a guest post by Simon Gray /@simonjgray: I remember back during the 2010 General Election campaign, there were no (that I could discover) fully open public hustings events organised for my then-constituency, Birmingham Ladywood. The nearest to any hustings event I could find was one organised in the Council House […]

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A Crafty Citizen

March 20th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Creative Networks Research | no comments

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A few years ago, I formed the group Crafty Muthas with five friends – simply a weekly social for a crafty fix while getting on with the important business of boozing and scoffing cake. Back then, some of us were picking up knitting needles for the first time. Others had been making clothes since their teenage years. […]

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Connecting and Engaging Creative Citizens

March 10th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Community-led Design Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments

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My name is Jennie and over the coming months I’ll be maintaining this blog and the social media side of the Creative Citizens project, posting regularly here, interviewing partners and practitioners and engaging the wider community with the research, as we look forward to the release of a book next year. I’ll also be sharing […]

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Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack: Inspiring digital ideas from community projects

December 30th, 2014 by Dan Lockton in Community-led Design Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments

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Launched at the Creative Citizens conference in September 2014, the Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack is a collection of practical case studies: 12 diverse, inspirational community projects, all making use of digital tools in creative ways for social benefit, with suggestions and advice from the people involved. Along with projects from the three strands of the […]

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Sharing the Exchange Stories

March 6th, 2014 by Tamara Edyta West in Creative Networks Research | no comments

Last week we unveiled our media co-creation project at the Moseley Exchange. In the afternoon we ran a workshop on digital storytelling at the Exchange, followed by an evening reception to showcase the stories, platform and artwork. The workshop explored the Exchange Stories project, the possibilities of digital storytelling for communities, and also discussed relevant […]

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Precarious Economies and Creative Citizens

November 1st, 2013 by Emma Agusita in Creative Networks | no comments

(Author: Jon Dovey) In this reflection I want to respond to Emma’s post above and reflect briefly on my own ‘first pass’ reflections on our Asset Mapping exercise with South Blessed. My headline takeaway from the session was the extreme fragility of the economy of South Blessed contrasted with the powerful networks of solidarity between […]

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Moseley and the Mural: Creative transformations

October 9th, 2013 by Tamara Edyta West in Creative Networks Research | no comments

As part of our digital storytelling project with the Moseley Exchange I had the pleasure of speaking with the graffiti artist Mohammed Ali (http://www.aerosolarabic.com/) who gave up some of his time to contribute a story for us. He has worked throughout the world in a variety of settings and cities, but  his home is Birmingham […]

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Creative Networks: Asset Mapping South Blessed

September 21st, 2013 by Emma Agusita in Creative Networks | no comments

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The Creative Citizens research project has sought to adopt and adapt asset mapping as a cross-thematic methodology to study the value of creative citizenship. The use of this approach was introduced and developed by project researchers examining the value of creative citizenship in the context of community led design (strand 2) and is it is […]

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