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17 Nov 09

Tom Fleming at National Creative Industries Conference in London

Tom Fleming will be chairing the Creative Places workstream sessions at the National Creative Industries Conference, the UK's largest gathering of the Creative Sector, on the 24th and 25th November in London.

In these interactive workshops, Tom will challenge delegates to explore the unique role of place and infrastructure in driving forward growth and competitiveness in the creative economy.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will be also present at the Consultants' Surgery one-to-one sessions - offering delegates professional expertise, advice and information in the creative industries sector and cultural planning.

Bringing together over 300 delegates from across government, industry and the public and third sectors, the NCI09 agenda will focus on actions and policies required to support the creative economy to grow and develop sustainability in 2010 and beyond.

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17 Nov 09

Tom Fleming keynotes at Europa Cinemas Network Conference, Warsaw - 19th to 22nd November 2009

Tom's presentation will lead on the role of cinemas and cross-art-form venues in building audiences through digital technology and an open approach to programming and curation.

Tom will focus on areas such as web marketing, social networks, and new approaches to film production and consumption in a digital era.

Tom will also use the opportunity to promote our work as lead consultants to Warsaw's bid to be European Capital of Culture 2016.

09 Nov 09

West Northants Cultural Investment Plan now online

WNDC (West Northamptonshire Development Corporation) has just launched its latest website, 'Northants Culture'. The website is based on our work to develop a Cultural Investment Plan, Action Plan and Mapping Document for West Northamptonshire. The website functions on two levels: it contains the full, detailed documents, available to download; the main elements are also available on the website itself in a 'lighter' version, providing a general overview of the Cultural Investment Plan. The website will continue be updated with the latest arts and culture news, best practice case studies, other related strategies and documents, and other relevant links.

You can also download the full reports from our website here:
1. Cultural Investment Plan
2. Cultural Action Plan
3. Cultural Mapping Document

03 Nov 09

EU Innovation Panel launches new report on Social Innovation

A new and significant report has been published by the EU Innovation Business Panel. It calls for a move from a knowledge society to one founded on innovation and creativity:

"The priority has been investing in knowledge rather than utilising it rapidly and powerfully for societal benefit"

The macro ambition of the report and the collaboration that underpinned it is to introduce a new star to the European flag - 'The Seastar' - which demonstrates a decentralised, self renewing, and connected innovation policy building on the unique diversity of an enlarged Union.

The Panel recommends five critical approaches to innovation across Europe, each of which places social innovation as a core principle:

1. Broaden the concept of innovation - majoring on social innovation
2. Speed and synchronisation are key - the EU needs to set clear innovation targets and launches ambitious European initiatives with synchronised actions around major challenges
3. Invest in future infrastructure and unlock its potential - for example, the EU should commit to universal access to ultrafast broadband and smart grids
4. Introduce innovative financing models - such as a pan-European Innovation Fund
5. Develop new places for new types of collaborations - to create and network innovation labs; invest in cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks; reinforce the role of brokers and intermediaries; develop a major prize for innovative localities; and stimulate universities and public research centres to be more open and international.

Tom Fleming, who has an advisory role to the EU Innovation Panel, fully supports the ambition and approach:

"The report by the Business Panel on future EU innovation policy outlines in clear and certain terms the social innovation imperative. In Europe, we have a longstanding culture of innovation and a commitment to creativity as a core tool for prosperity and social cohesion. The opportunity now is to build on these assets and develop new tools, collaborations and approaches, so we become global leaders in social innovation and thus pioneers in addressing the issues of our time and the issues of tomorrow. The report's emphasis on enabling and cherishing creativity as an imperative for innovation, and its assertion of the need to collaborate to create, mark a new stage in EU innovation thinking. The opportunity now is to translate this to EU innovation policy".

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03 Nov 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Commissioned to Evaluate FILM CLUB

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned to undertake a two year evaluation of FILM CLUB - a national programme of school film clubs where pupils and teachers have the chance to explore the world of film through free weekly screenings, online reviewing, industry events and hands on support, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

FILM CLUB aims to inspire, explore countless different cultures and new ways of telling stories, sharpen critical skills and open up new avenues for learning.

As part of this evaluation, we will explore how FILM CLUB increases and broadens pupils' access to film culture as part of a landscape of creative learning; and we will measure the contribution of FILM CLUB to educational, social and personal development.

We will also identify the ways FILM CLUB impacts on the viewing and wider cultural habits and patterns of young people - toward growing new audiences for film and developing career paths in the creative industries.

To know more about FILM CLUB: