Day One

DAY ONE PROGRAMME: THURSDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2014

A one-page ‘At A Glance’ version of the programme is here – a  longer programme of the two days can be downloaded here, with full abstracts.

09.00: Registration

09.30: Welcome from Creative Citizens research lead Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University

09.45 – 10.45: KEYNOTE I: Geoff Mulgan: The Moment of the Creative Citizen
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council. His latest book The Locust and the Bee was published by Princeton University Press in March 2013 and argues that the economic crisis presents a historic opportunity to choose a radically different future for capitalism, one that maximises its creative power and minimises its destructive force.

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee

11.00 – 12.30: PANEL 1: CREATIVITY, ECOLOGY AND SOCIAL ACTION

The Stories of Change
Renata Tyszczuk, University of Sheffield

Mapping the lived experience of food bank clients and volunteers
Karen Martin & Marialena Nikolopoulou University of Kent

Creative input of the consumers in an online zero waste brand community as manifestation of online environmental citizenship and means of self-expression
Kinga Polynczuk, University of Helsinki

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11.00 – 12.30: FINDINGS 1: HYPERLOCAL PUBLISHING
Dr Andy Williams, Cardiff University; Dave Harte & Jerome Turner, Birmingham City University
The Findings sessions are where the Creative Citizens research team will share their results for the first time. This research examined the emergence of neighbourhood news websites that have started to materialise in scores of communities around the UK, often in response to the scaling back of traditional regional press and broadcast media. The research offers a deeper understanding of the ‘Hyperlocal blog’ as a growing media form and has produced improved data on scale and potential of UK Hyperlocal publishers.The team have been interviewing the new citizen journalists and hyperlocal bloggers who are revitalising regional media, and have worked with community partners in the West Midlands and South Wales on participatory journalism projects. The session also includes a panel discussion with hyperlocal practitioners, investors, academics and commentators. Charied by Will Perrin of Talk About Local it will feature Zoe Jewell (Brixton Blog), Tom Kihl (Kentishtowner), Kathryn Geels (Nesta), Sara Moseley (Centre for Community Journalism), Luke McKernan (British Library).

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11.00 – 12.30: PANEL 2: COMPARATIVE CASES

Reflective Citizens: Making Space for Understanding Grass-roots Creativity in Action
Ann Light and team members, Northumbria University

Digital propositions co-created through cultural and community engagement
McGinley, C., Gheerawo, R., Gorzanelli, C. Royal College of Art

Digital cultures of resistance: LGBTQ Social Media Popular Culture Strategies and Activism
Dr Olu Jenzen, School of Art, Design and Media, University of Brighton

Propositions for the design of social media for civic organisations
Henry Mainsah, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14:30: KEYNOTE II : Paola Antonelli: Designs for Creative Citizenship
Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York Antonelli is a world leading curator and activist in design, she has taught design history and theory at UCLA and Harvard and is the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design. In 2012, she led the move to acquire 14 video games for MoMA’s permanent collection.

14.30 – 15.30: PANEL 3: CO-DESIGN AND PLACEMAKING

Play Your Place: public digital game art for participatory urban planning.
Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield

Beyond The Castle: Co-Designing with 2,000 people, a Roman Centurion, Swamp Fairy and Free Pizza
Dr. Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University

Using digital media to enhance the planning system: a case study in Liverpool, UK.
Lara Salinas, Lancaster University

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14.30 – 15.30: PANEL 4: VALUE

Counting culture? Evidencing creative and cultural participation through co-design
Dr Jack Newsinger and Dr William Green, University of Leicester

Citizen Science
Dan McQuillan, Goldsmiths, University of London

Creative Audiences: Analogue Citizens in a Network Culture.
Professor Andrew Dewdney & Dr.Victoria Walsh, London South Bank University

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14.30 – 15.30: WORKSHOP 1 RE-IMAGINING THE UNIVERSITY WITH COMMUNITIES : THE ROLE OF CITIZEN CREATIVITY

Chair: Theo Zameonpoulos, Open University. Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol and Connected Communities Leadership Fellow. Professor Jon Dovey, The University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of the REACT Creative Economy Hub.

Creative Citizens is part of the RCUK/AHRC ‘Connected Connected Communities Programme’ that aims to combine the experience and creativity of ‘communities’ with the research and scholarship of academics. It operates with the assumption that such a combination will improve research quality and generate greater benefits for participating communities and the wider public. Is this the case? This workshop will present some initial observations on the CC programme from an ongoing meta-study as well as reflections from the case of the Creative Citizens research project. It will then encourage participants to explore a number of emerging questions together: Are the goals of academics and community organisations compatible? What is lost and gained in the new research relationships that are emerging? To what extent are these relationships furthering wider community benefit or focusing resources on a smaller group of core participants? How are these relationships reshaping relations between universities and communities of place and interest? Is this funding model the best way to value, support and draw upon citizen creativity?

15.30 – 16.00: Break

16.00 – 17.30: PANEL 5 HYPERLOCAL CITIZEN MEDIA

Media literacy for citizen empowerment: new media tools in the MENA region
Dr. Dima Saber Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University

The Neighbourhood News Project
Douglas White, Carnegie Trust

Developing Digital Capital: Event-led digital participation
Prof. David McGillivray & Jennifer Jones, University of the West of Scotland

What power in peer-to-peer local networks? A report on the effectiveness of hyperlocal social media in south-east London
John Bingham-Hall, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL
Hyperlocal blogger @theNewCross // thenewcross.tumblr.com

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16.00 – 17.30: PANEL 6 BREAD, CHALK, AND QUILTING – DIGITAL (IN)VISIBILITY

Homebaked: A Liverpool Biennial and Jeanne Van Heeswijk commission – Employing social media and its citizens in the creation of new local economic models
Samantha Jones

How can citizens’ interest in making, enable creative participation in a world where this is increasingly mediated through digital channels?
Rachel Keller, Lancaster University

Citizen Innovation with the Geezers: DIY Design and the Thames Water Turbine.
Ann Light, Northumbria University (UK)

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16.00 – 17.30: FINDINGS 2: COMMUNITY-LED DESIGN

Catherine Greene, Dan Lockton (RCA) Katerina Alexiou, Giota Alevizou and Theo Zamenopoulos, Open University

This research set out to understand how media can support and add value to community-led design projects. Community-led design encompasses a wide range of practices in which people take leadership in developing their own environment, including buildings, open spaces, services and neighbourhoods. Social media and web tools offer new opportunities and challenges to the way these initiatives are understood and developed. This session will report methodological developments, findings relating to mapping media practices in community-led design and results from our co-creation work with four communities in London. The session will also provide a space for networking, sharing of experiences and mapping research in the area. The community-led design strand has partnered with Nesta the UK’s leading innovation-practice body and The Glass-House Community Led Design, a national charity supporting and promoting public participation and leadership in the design of the built environment.

18.00 – 19.00: CREATIVE CITIZENS: THE DEBATE in association with political think-tank Centre Forum
Join policy makers, advisors and researchers to debate the question: How can we unlock citizen creativity to strengthen communities ?
Four years ago the centre right coalition came to power proclaiming ‘Big Society’ politics.What has been achieved? What are the most urgent community priorities for the next wave of party manifestos? What measures, what interventions do creative citizens want from politicians at the national, devolved and local level? How can governments invest in the stronger networks (‘connected communities’) which support more enterprising and bolder communities? What specific initiatives would be welcome in areas such as hyperlocal media; neighbourhood planning and community-scale economic regeneration? Featuring political inputs from across the party spectrum and beyond.

19.00 – 20.00: Drinks Reception and Exhibition Opening

20.00 – 22.00: CONFERENCE DINNER: KEYNOTE III JEREMY MYERSON

Jeremy Myerson is Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art and the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage ‘design that improves quality of life’. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 30 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. Jeremy is the author of many books, chapters and articles on people-centred design.