Here’s a quick round up of some of the things that have taken my eye over the past week or so:
Next Generation Skills Birmingham Reworked Storify roundup: courtesy of Michael de Groot, this is the storify roundup of the event held in Birmingham on Monday 22nd April, with some great insights on how the city can best work alongside young people for their futures.
NESTA’s Manifesto for the Creative Economy: hot off the press this week, NESTA have launched a manifesto containing ten ideas to “bolster one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors”. Priorities include ensuring a truly open internet, enabling young people to learn creative digital skills as a priority of education and a focus on incentivising business ideas and innovation (tax reliefs, easier procurement processes).
Culturehive: as part of the Arts Council’s Audience Focus programme, and managed by the AMA, this free resource was launched last Tuesday and is an open platform to share knowledge and practice in cultural marketing. This is a brilliant initiative but will rely on people and organisations to get into the habit of sharing which I hope they do and married up with strong social media output, I think it could be a great resource.
Eventifier: for all you events people – this is a cool means of archiving all your event photos, videos, slides, tweets, conversations and much more from the entire Web.
Crowdgifting: an introductory piece by Help Me Project, if you want to buy a present for someone, well here’s a means collectively buy a present for someone by inviting people—usually friends—to make small donations online.
Social Reading is catching on as Dave Briggs demonstrates through three apps, Readmill, Subtext and Copia. Using the web to share, read together, comment, review, learn. From a book club to a business, or a school class to a lecture theatre, this could really catch on in my different contexts.
Hackschooling: Amy Martin‘s blog piece introduces Logan LaPlante, a 13 year-old who spoke at a TEDxUniversityofNevada event. Hackschooling Makes Me Happy’. As Amy says, hackschooling is “about the autonomy of the young person to guide their own study and fill in the gaps for themselves.” This is reflective of a project I lead called A Colourful Crowd where young people take charge at New Art Gallery Walsall develop events, trips, workshops for young people and in turn develop life and professional skills.