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Thursday 16th June 2022

Marshalling Resources: why the academic, business and creative sectors need to work together more

10am - 11am

Although the Academic, Creative and Business sectors thrive individually, what could they achieve through closer collaboration? Bringing these elements and their distinctive talents together for mutual benefit can be challenging but, if done well, can yield huge benefits. In this insightful session, we will be joined by a diversity of perspectives to explore the opportunities and the challenges of bridging between these sectors and the promise that better collaboration holds.


    Malcolm Innes
    Director of the UHI Centre for Island Creativity and leads the University’s Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Group

    Malcolm Innes is Director of the UHI Centre for Island Creativity and leads the University’s Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Group. Malcolm is an artist and designer by training and has 30 years experience working in the design profession working on high profile construction projects around the world. He has run his own art and design practice for the last 18 years. Malcolm has a extensive experience of developing innovative partnerships between universities and small businesses, charities and agencies. Malcolm has championed this kind of innovation in the creative industries and has mentored several colleagues to develop new partnerships to creatively combine the skills and knowledge in universities with the experience of dynamic businesses to help create new products, knowledge, services and value streams.


    Fiona Bennett
    The Map Consortium

    The Map Consortium has been pioneering creative approaches to leadership and organisational development for 20 years. It's founding directors are Fiona Bennett and Chris Higgins. The Map designs and contributes to leadership and organisational development programmes for major businesses, public sector organisations, higher education institutions and charities. We have distilled our knowledge into an approach called The Human Arts, using tools, thinking and processes drawn from creative practice to develop those core capacities that are vital to the art of leadership. Our work is bespoke, designed in response to each context and in close consultation with our clients. Alongside our independent programmes we partner with outstanding arts institutions including Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Opera House. Clients and collaborations include among many others; PwC UK and Europe, MacMillan Cancer Support, English National Opera, Nottingham University, Exeter University, the NHS, African Leadership Institute, ANTI festival Finland.

    In addition to her work with the Map Fiona is a poet and podcaster with The Poetry Exchange.

    Giovanni Schiuma, PhD

    Giovanni is a Full Professor in “Strategic Knowledge Management and Innovative Organisational Transformation” and Head of the Business and Engineering Management Program at LUM University (Italy). Dr Giovanni Schiuma, as a high international academic and consultant, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in knowledge-based organisational development and transformation, arts-driven innovation and arts in business, and strategic knowledge management for company value creation, digital innovation management and organisational resilience development. Inspiring communicator and facilitator with extensive research management expertise and excellent ability to coordinate complex projects, lead research teams and contribute to organisational governance. Creative and innovative, with an international mindset, network and openness to address and solve critical strategic research and organisations’ challenges. He has authored over 200 scholarly publications. His vision of the strategic and operational role of creative processes and art in 21st-century organizations has influenced the development of new organizational-management models. His book 'The Value of Arts for Business', published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press, is considered one of the fundamental scientific works in defining the foundations of a new discipline identified as Arts Based Management and is internationally adopted by universities offering courses in Cultural and Arts Management.

    Prof. Chris Speed FRSE
    Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

    Prof. Chris Speed FRSE, is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt and create products and services within a networked society. Chris is Director for the Edinburgh Futures Institute, involving the transformation of the 22,000m2 Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, a Florence Nightingale hospital in the centre of Edinburgh, into a world leading centre for interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation. Chris led the development and leadership of the Institute for Design Informatics that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of design, social science, and data science, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes. Chris is also currently Director of the £7.4m Creative Informatics R&D Partnership, one of the nine AHRC funded Creative Industries Clusters in the UK. Chris maintains research projects with partners across the UK and Europe including being a Co-I to the Next Stage Digital Economy Centre DECaDE led by Surrey with the Digital Catapult, and a Co-I to the DCODE European network and PhD program for training the next generation of researchers and designers to guide society’s digital transformation towards inclusive, sustainable futures. Chris was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2020.


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