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
On 15th October we held an event in Brighton to release the findings of our Brighton Fuse research.
Here are lots of links related to the event and our findings.
Animated video of our findings
Click here to view an animated video of our findings
Panel discussion at Brighton launch event
Click here to watch: Panel discussion at Brighton launch event
Here is as an article about Brighton Fuse in today’s Financial Times – http://www.wiredsussex.com/Fusebox/FT-FutureFiftySchemes.pdf
The Brighton Fuse Final Report
Click here to download – The Brighton Fuse Final Report
Brighton Fuse Press Release
Click here to download: Brighton Fuse Press Release
The Brighton Fuse Summary and Policy Recommendations.
Click here to download – The Brighton Fuse Summary and Policy Recommendations.
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
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.
Tuesday 15th October 2013
Doors open 6pm
Report and discussion 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Networking 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton,
58 – 67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
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
Our submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Creative Economy draws on some of our emerging findings. You can read it here:
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 recently submitted a bid to Government for funding to improve broadband capacity in the city for businesses. The bid document contains interesting information of the city’s economy and its Creative, Digital and IT sector. See the bid document here
For those of you who weren’t able to make it along to our Tales Of A Creative City event, or those that did come and want to listen back heres a recording of the full event:
Last night we held our ‘Tales Of The Creative City’ event as part of Brighton Digital Festival. Our research team shared their thoughts and stories as well as the project’s early interpretations.
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.
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
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
Original article published by The Guardian, 8 May 2012. Employers increasingly need staff with a wide range of skills, but it’s not the responsibility of universities alone to develop interdisciplinary talent, argues David Docherty
Original article published by The Guardian, 1 March 2012.
Though employability has dominated the debate, the Wilson Review focuses on other hard issues that matter just as much as the student agenda, says David Docherty
Clustering of businesses is often identified as important, both to the growth of regions and the businesses themselves. But are the dynamics of knowledge-based, creative business clusters a special case? And how do they and should they link with universities? We have examined the evidence and thinking on creative clusters and university links. We suggest that the picture is complex, somewhat biased with happy success stories, but there are experiences to learn from and principles to guide future interactions.