Why Scotland needs creative graduates

I was invited to write an article for Scottish Institute for Enterprise's biannual magazine " Ignite"  - focusing on the creative industry sector and covering opportunities emerging for graduates.

The economic and environmental crisis is deepening and it is seems the time is now to reinvent and redesign many aspects of our lives.
Politicians cry out for the redesign of society, and push businesses to innovate their way out of this double dip recession. This readiness to embrace change - even radical change - coupled with advances in science and technology, is unearthing a new breed of designers.
Designers who are a force for good and tackling wicked, social problems rather than fuelling consumers consuming. The most important and vital tool these designers have is the attitude and desire to re-think things so we can make an even more profound difference. 
This area of design is rapidly growing and does not have a name that has stuck ‘Social design’ ‘service design’ and ‘social innovation’ are among the winners but these words are losing credibility at a time when they are needed most. At Snook we humbly admit that these words and approaches are nothing new – what’s new is how it’s implemented and pulled together. 
“Designers have a more holistic world view, and context has a higher priority. The most important contribution we make is in creating concrete solutions. Designers are taught to create. When designers go from problem to solution they are indispensable” Lauren Currie
Just as Britain produced engineers to forge the Industrial Revolution, the information revolution is being – at least partly – driven by designers. I can’t think of many skills that will be more useful in the coming years than a mastery of prototyping, digital tools and the presentation of ideas and complex information across all media. 
Working from their studio in Glasgow, Snook was founded in 2009 by Lauren Currie and Sarah Drummond who embarked up on their career as product designers, and continue to trailblaze service design for the public sector in Scotland. They now employ 8 people on site and work with their international network, The Snook Ensemble, made up of ex-civil servants, film makers, social workers, sociologists and several designers. The theory is that their combined skills and an interdisciplinary approach will produce more potent and sensitive solutions to complex social problems.
A design education – even a basic one – equips you with many of the skills that will prove invaluable in a conceptual and information-based, digitally rooted global culture. Use your analytically trained brains and empathy as observers of the human experience o work in business, health and government. 
Design is a way of solving problems. There are problems to solve in every facet of our society so creative graduates we need you – and lots of you. 

Thanks for the opportunity SIE - follow SIE here.


this happened

Picture 26 Mypolice are presenting at This Happened tonight. It is taking place in The Wee Red bar in Edinburgh.

( rather apt considering the whole @redjotter thing :)

Hoping to meet new people and share our work and ideas. Fingers crossed we will get to put some faces to some tweeters.

This is the first official Mypolice presentation since Social Innovation Camp.  We will talk for ten minutes about the service and the story behind it. As Sarah says:

"I think it’s very important to share your process with people as you work on projects, it’s never easy and other people can learn alot from how you got from nothing to finished product.  You can also learn alot yourself, and importantly, gain feedback from people if you’re opening up your process as you go.  There are always peaks and troughs, and mypolice has certainly had both with more to come I’m sure."

If you are there be sure to say hello :) if not follow the goings on at the @mypolice twitter account.

p.s Follow This Happened on twitter too...

p.p.s very exciting post regarding mypolice and myfuture coming soon ...

Festival of Interdependence

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Responding to current economic, social and environmental crises, London’s NEF (the new economics foundation) have recently launched plans for “The Bigger Picture: A Festival of Interdependence,” a series of creative activities and events, including lectures, film screenings and art exhibitions, beginning in autumn 2009. The festival will culminate in a large-scale, public event in central London on 24 October 2009 (11:00AM-18:00PM) when an interactive, living exhibition will be staged in the dramatic post-industrial setting of the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank.

Economic turmoil and social upheaval coupled with the threat of runaway climate change have revealed major failings in the current system. In response, nef has brought together a range of organisations and individuals to share a vision of the world as it could be. We believe that the great transition to a new economy begins with a potent mix of hope, creativity, practicality and fun. Collectively we already have many of the ideas, policies and resources that can deliver greater human well-being and social justice within environmental limits. But a huge shift is still needed to make change happen. We think 2009 will mark the start of that shift

With over twenty-five speakers from a range of backgrounds, The Bigger Picture offers visitors and audience a chance to actually join the conversations, learn, share and exchange skills and tell stories. Topics are big and far reaching, including the future of food and farming, the hidden costs of economic growth, civil liberties and climate change, local economics and how inequality leaves us all worse off.

“The Bigger Picture is about people coming together to produce a shared, coherent vision of a sustainable economy.”

Will you be going?

via Inhabitat