I thought I’d post up the diagram I’ve put together for a presentation I’m part of at next week’s Creative Regions seminar at Birmingham University.
The presentation forms part of a research project that myself, Paul Long and Annette Naudin, all of us from Birmingham City University, are getting our teeth into. The research seeks “to find out something about those who determine creative policy in the UK and their relationship with creative workers who are at the receiving end of policy interventions, decisions and strategies.” That quote is from Paul Long’s description of the work over on his Posterous blog. Go there to read a bit more about the context of the research.
My diagram was to merely describe that between the groupings of public sector decision-makers and sector-specific interest groups sits a kind of social, and social media, ‘glue’ that binds the two together. At some point I think we need to examine the extent to which this glue is similar to the social interaction in other industry sectors or whether it works differently in the creative industries given the speed of uptake of social media technologies.
The diagram (albeit in a slightly earlier form) seemed to cause a bit of chatter when I linked to it on twitter the other night. This is very much an abbreviated list and rather than list programmes of support I wanted to show public-sector groups that actually meet, that in some way make decisions about policy, or shape it or steer its implementation. On the industry side there’s a mix of groups that lobby (e.g. Creative Republic) and those that offer guidance/new knowledge to peers (e.g. Multipack). In the middle are those that comprise public and private sector individuals.
Thoughts welcome – happy to clarify acronyms also.