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Creative Republic’s Media Skills Masterclass

invitationThe good people of Digbeth and Birmingham were treated to a masterclass in media skills with guest speakers Ian Taylor (Marketing Birmingham), Anna Blackaby (Creative industries editor, Birmingham Post), Marverine Cole (Sky News) and Jon Bounds (All round social media good guy). They were all pooled together by the much thanked Lyle (@creativerepublic.org.uk), who was treated almost like a prophet and weathered the compliment tidal wave like a seasoned pro.

Ruth Ward (Rewired) and Helga Henry (Fierce Earth) chaired and compered the event respectively, while an American gentleman (apologies there was alot of names to remember, and I’m not good with names at the best of times) presented the final activity, a press release crash course (with some car crash results!).

The wine was provided by Barefoot, which was happily endorsed by Helga and manifested in a Churchillian speech about Birmingham’s creative industry.

The evening started with light refreshments and some light networking with an ever increasingly familiar group of creatives. Followed by the four speeches and a press release workshop. I shalln’t go into to much detail of the minute by minute activities of the evening as I don’t think that’s necessarily the most significant thing about Creative Republic evenings.

As much as I enjoy the content of such meets (and I do), what Creative Republic do excellently is link together all the sections of Birmingham’s proudest industry. It was said last night (I forget by whom) that one of the best things about Birmingham is how well connected it is, and I have to agree. I moved to Brum in June and love the fact that at every event you go to, everybody knows everybody, and not only that, everyone supports everybody. Everyone in Birmingham’s creative industry is passionate about shouting about it and passionate about the talent in the city.

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Bolshevics, Beatles, Birmingham?: How much of an effect can the Big City Plan have?





The new proper Big City Plan, for proper people put together by Jon Bounds, Nick Booth, Nicky Getgood, Julia Gilbert and Michael Grimes will with  create a true dialogue between, as Pete Ashton has put it, ‘the governing and the governed’. It is set on the perfect platform for those in the know but how do we get the local public at large to look at the piece, and thats the real irony; that most of the people affected by the plan are the same people that would probably have little knowledge, access or inclination towards the project. But do we need them?

Can a hardcore group of people, set with a goal and the tools to apply themselves, truly make a difference on a large scale in a short space of time? The old cliche and pessimistic view that only the people in power can make the difference, I think, is a massive untruth.

Any large cultural and mind changing events or eras have been created, implemented and spearheaded by a small, strong, talented and, most importantly, fiercely determined collection of ‘little’ people all focusing their attention on one goal, a huge ‘stiletto’ effect.

Look at the Bolshevics and The Beatles. The two groups that had the most dramatic effect on politics and culture in the most important and advanced century of humankind. Both of them were short on numbers, money,and  power but both had one clear goal that they achieved in an incredibly short space of time. The knock on and immediate effects of their efforts can be quantified on a biblical scale.

So can this apply to Birmingham’s Big City Plan? I’m obviously not suggesting that Nick Booth is the new John Lennon and nor am I comparing Jon Bounds to Lenin, but they might just reiterate my point that you don’t need power and numbers to make a huge difference to a community, whatever the size.

We have only three weeks to get all our thoughts out there, so if you read this please visit the Big City Plan website and get your head in it, and change Birmingham for the better.


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