Last Tuesday, I worked with Birmingham City University to run a brilliant event at BomLab all about the Creative economy in Birmingham and where it is going.
The event not only brought a number of great speakers including Andrew Erskine (Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy), Stefan Shaw (BBC), Will Evans (Amery Brothers), Immy Kaur (ImpactHub Birmingham) and BomLab fellows amongst others but a really engaged and informed audience.
Amongst various event management, PR and social media duties for this event, I facilitated a group exercise called Moonshots, inspired by work done with Mark Brill last year and definitely channelling some of those Silicon Valley-ish ideation techniques which is all about getting folks to consider new ideas for the near future.
Many fantastic ideas were generated during the facilitation. More broadly, there was a healthy debate on Twitter, and much needed provocations on the Creative economy of Birmingham itself as well as discussions around the nature of disruption and what innovation means.
Post-event, I have been having a lot of thoughts around the use of the word ‘innovation’, prompted by some of the discussions and I will be blogging about this imminently.
In the meantime, please do check out the Storify for the event’s hashtag #disruptbrum by clicking here.