TAKE PART IN THE BRIGHTON FUSE FREELANCER SURVEY

After the success of last year’s Brighton Fuse survey we are undertaking a further piece of research, this time focusing on freelancers and their communities. We would like to ask you to help us get an accurate view of creative and digital freelancers. We are interested in what you do, what you need and how you work. Could we ask you to fill in this questionnaire? Continue reading

What about the freelancers?

There can be few creative-digital professionals in Brighton and Hove that have not heard of the Brighton Fuse project. This research showed the first solid evidence of the astounding growth of the cluster, the importance of creative and design skills to this growth, and the resilience and innovation in the city’s firms. Everyone from Government ministers to the Financial Times to the World Economic Forum sat up and paid attention. But some voices rightfully asked “what about the freelance sector?” Continue reading

Join us at Brighton – The SuperFused City? on Tuesday 15th October to hear the findings from the Brighton Fuse Research Project

Brighton: The SuperFused City?
What the Brighton Fuse Research Project tells us about the future of business

Tuesday 15 October 2013
Doors open 6.00pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade,
University of Brighton

Sign up to attend here

We would like extend a special invitation for you to join us at Brighton: The SuperFused City? to discuss with us the implications of the Brighton Fuse research findings for Brighton & Hove and for the UK economy.

For the past two years, the Brighton Fuse team have been investigating how Brighton’s creative, digital & technology cluster functions.

The project has been funded by the AHRC and delivered by Wired Sussex, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the National Centre for Universities and Business.  With a large team of researchers collecting, collating and analysing data, stories and experiences, it is one of the most detailed analyses of any cluster ever undertaken in the UK.

At this special event on 15th October, we will be unveiling the results of this research, and sharing with you the individual, corporate and economic insights that it has generated.

We will discuss the value and challenges of creating a SuperFused economy, and how people, businesses and cities might benefit from our findings.

We believe that a new formula for success has emerged in the digital economy and for Brighton & Hove to truly benefit from the city’s new economic drivers, there needs to be radical changes to the way we understand and support the creation of value.

Please join us at Grand Parade to discuss the findings with us and with each other. We hope it will prove to be an interesting and exciting evening. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

If you would like to attend the event, please register for a place here. 

Details

Date:
Tuesday 15th October 2013

Time:
Doors open 6pm
Report and discussion 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Networking 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue:
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton,
58 – 67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Vacancy

The AHRC in partnership with Wired Sussex is looking to recruit a Knowledge Exchange Fellow to be based at The FuseBox, an exciting new business support initiative in Brighton.

Developed from the Brighton Fuse project this is a unique opportunity for a suitably qualified researcher to become a fully embedded Researcher-in-Residence to help shape and deliver new models of business support and new approaches to co-creation, innovation and growth for the creative, digital and IT (CDIT) sector and to develop new methodologies of knowledge exchange between arts and humanities research and business.

This Fellowship will be funded by the AHRC while the Fellow remains employed by his/her institution. Mentoring support will be provided by the University of Brighton.

1 year full-time. Start date October 2013

Full details of the role and its requirements, including background information, can be found on the AHRC website – http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Knowledge-Exchange-Fellowship-FuseBox-Wired-Sussex.aspx

 

The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange Project

Brighton Fuse isn’t just concerned with mapping the size, shape and flavour of the Creative, Digital and IT sector. It’s also looking to the future. The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange is part of an experimental strand of the research that investigates the development of communication, collaboration and co-creation skills driven by digital technologies.

The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange project is an ambitious experiment in using digital media to drive a cultural exchange project. Two secondary schools in Brighton and Hove and three schools in the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, are getting to know each other through the use of digital technologies to communicate, collaborate and co-create. This video shows the Brighton launch event where 40+ year 8 children mashed up their interpretations of their cultures with help from artists SDNA.

Brighton Fuse Cherokee Nation event image

Brighton Fuse Cherokee Nation event image

BLOG: A quick tour to completing the Brighton Fuse Survey

Some of you busy creative and digital entrepreneurs have asked us what data are needed to complete the Brighton Fuse Survey.

Very understandably, you want to be prepared for the questions before getting started with it. We thought that instead of sending the whole questionnaire, we’d write a quick tour of the survey, letting you know what sorts of things we are asking, and also warning you about the few times when you may need to access other data beyond what’s stored in your powerful brains.

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BLOG: Making Brighton Fuse social

 

This is a guest post written by Ross Breadmore, consultant with NixonMcInnes. NixonMcInnes are a Brighton based social business consultancy.

As I’ve stated a million times before, I love Brighton. I love working in Brighton. And I love working for a company that loves Brighton. Love love love. Brighton Brighton Brighton.

So it was ace to be asked to help with Brighton Fuse, a two-year social research and development project “which will map, measure and assist Brighton’s creative, digital and IT cluster”. It involves a core team of researchers, academics and analysts, various bodies and delivery partners including our friends at Wired Sussex. Continue reading

BLOG: The Brighton Fuse: Getting started

Hello, and welcome to the Brighton Fuse!

The Brighton Fuse is an extremely large government-funded research project being carried out by Brighton University, Sussex University, the Confederation for Industry and Higher Education, and Wired Sussex. We plan to create the most accurate picture of the Brighton cluster of digital and creative firms ever. Like you, we know that this is a super-interesting topic and our advisory board, which includes representatives from the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, agree with us.

The aim of the project is to explore one simple question: Does bringing together creativity with digital technologies lead to innovation and economic growth?

Why would we expect this to be the case?  Continue reading