Welcome note

Welcome to our blog, covering the Design Council / HEFCE fact finding visit to Europe.
As part of the process to develop and implement recommendations from the
'Cox Review of Creativity in Business', and following a successful mission to the US in 2006, a group of academics and policy makers are visiting universities and design firms the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. We were looking at multidisciplinary centres and courses that combine management, technology and design in order to develop creative and innovative graduates and businesses. Insights and information from the visit will inform proposals that UK universities and regional bodies are developing in response to the Cox review.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Steve Harding

My take is on the culture of collaboration- the idea of interdisciplinary working sems embedded in the way of working. This is a key issue for us- to find ways of supporting teams in Hei’s to reward them and help them develop.
In terms of culture though, UK may have real and under realised advantages in the mixture of cultures we have in our communities which can give different takes on how new products can be developed

In terms of places for innovation and design collaboration, the use of old buildings for a modern purpose is a definite learning point, though how personal spaces are then introduced for reflection needs to be better understood.

Kaos pilots – I think Fran’s observation of an NGO mentality was spot on – look for people who you can work with in new cultures and see what happens.
Will develop people with design skills in systems and operations – strong emphasis on process and values. Good model for people in the arts who could find this a useful link into enterprise.
Use of external experts who are also a part of the wider team is another feature.
Liked the idea of supporting specialists within their core area first then seeking ways to cross fertilise. This translates to establishing enterprise skills in faculties/departments rather than trying to get a big bang solution.

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