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QUESTIONS: OLIVER RAUD

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Oliver Raud answers us with this interesting article to our three questions. Oli is Strategic Funding Manager at Plymouth College of Art

Can you explain what a Creative Jam is?

A Creative Jam is an event, as well as a process that provides participants the opportunity to bring ideas to life, prototyping products and services that respond to an identifiable challenge/issue/problem, based on a selected theme. In the AYCH project, we have chosen a number of themes that include challenges linked to sustainable development, social innovation, environment and climate change, circular economies, waste, mobility, mental health and (un)employment, among other societal issues of our time. As all partners of the AYCH project share borders, we also share a responsibility to develop new solutions centred on human and natural capital that will benefit us and future generations. The Creative Jam is the place to explore this, take risks and create agency among our young people to be the change that is needed in the world. The ultimate ambition for partners is that the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Creative Jams will launch the ambitions and careers of a new generation of socially and environmentally responsible young people seeking to tackle societal issues of the future, placing creativity and design at the heart of place-based development and regeneration, empowering them to pursue careers or educational pathways in the Creative Economy and beyond.

What are the benefits that activities like this can bring for the youth of your city?

The benefits are manifold. Through the Creative Jams, as well as the wider project, we teach Key Enabling Technology (Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are a group of technologies that have a wide range of product applications such as developing low carbon energy technologies, improving energy and resource efficiency, and creating new medical products. They have huge potential to fuel economic growth and provide jobs) and Social Enterprise skills that expose young people to emerging economic opportunities, jobs and growth. This not only helps young people to learn digital, design and creative skills that are increasingly the driver for innovation it also brings them together, collaborating in teams with colleagues from across the Atlantic area. They can learn from one another and build connections, in a fun, dynamic and energising environment, whilst having fun and making new European friends. With a strong link to employers and industry, both delivering workshops and forming part of the judging panel during the Creative Jams, participants are able to speak to, interact with and learn first-hand from experts and entrepreneurs to build aspirations and break down the hierarchies that often impede young people’s progress – it gives a face to employers and young people can better understand the routes into (self)employment and education. Employers also act as mentors and support the personal and professional development of project participants, nurturing the workforce of the future that will need to be adaptable, collaborative and tech-savvy. For the city, it can build a bottom-up movement of young people that are looking to support the development of their local area and a pipeline of talented people that can actively support the growth of local economies and communities. “This project is not just about Smart Cities, it’s about Smart Citizens”.

In what way can an event like this influence the education of a young European?

The learning of these skills enables young Europeans to develop and gain a closer insight into Higher Education and Skills, enterprise and what is needed to gain those valuable attributes that can support their careers and lives. However, as technology is increasingly democratised and easy-to-access – 3D printing, IoT, VR etc. all of which are being taught as part of AYCH), so must education be. A major driving force of AYCH is the development of an education programme, that takes the ethos, values and elements of what is delivered among Higher Education but it is brought out of the institutions and delivered in non-formal settings, thus making it no longer the reserve of just fee-paying students. We believe this is the way that the most change can be affected, for the most amount of people and really gives credence to the notion that education is for all and in an knowledge economy, a skilled and creative workforce and citizens is arguably our most important asset. We want to give agency to our young people and empower them to make positive contributions to society, using an educational programme that is inclusive, entrepreneurial and rich in design-thinking theory, creativity, technology and media. We are looking for people to join us, on this journey, so please feel free to get in touch if you feel can contribute to any of these aspects of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project.

This is your chance! In Exeter

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Learn how to use a variety of platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, … undestand the market & how to connect them …

You’ll learn how to create the right media for your market in our FREE workshops led by an INdustry expert

6:30 pm – 9 pm stanting MOnday 15th oct

Every time we spend more time in them and every year new options to connect arise. Social networks are the order of the day, no company can be absent and few want to stay off the hook without having a profile at all.

There are all kinds, from generalists, such as Facebook, to professionals, pets, music … Despite this, we do not stop hearing and reading about its most negative aspects: that if they are a source of stress, that if they are a cradle of a new type of abuse, which without being simple platforms for custom advertising …

But Science has spoken. Here there are many amazing utilities provided by social networks.

Do you want to learn them in Exeter? We will wait for you.


Unlocking potential with young people and their communities

Space is a bold, confident and enthusiastic learning organisation that unlocks the potential of young people and their communities by providing a safe space to grow, connect and inspire each other. We bring integrity and collaboration through all of our work and provide a wide range of targeted, needs-led, and professional services.

We support young people from all backgrounds to learn, create and realise their potential by providing a space to hang out with mates, talk about things you can’t ask your parents, gain confidence and try new things.

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise and as an independent organisation, we are able to focus on delivering the best services for young people in our communities. We manage risks, we are respectful whilst creating a fun space for people to grow, and we’re determined to give people a second chance as well as a third, fourth, and fifth one.

Business challenge at Nantes Atlantique School of Design

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Within the project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, l’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique is working on methodological support for project acceleration through the design thinking tools. Through the project, the school works for their dissemination and appropriation to partner hubs.

During 3 days, 45 students in MDes Mutations in the built environment and Urban Design worked on an innovation challenge. The objective of the innovation challenge was to test, deploy and improve design thinking tools to go from ideation to project realization.

Several themes of the city such as heritage, transport, sports, trade spaces or third places have been explored with the aim of proposing an innovation. Experts then intervened (CAPEB Pays de la Loire, Nantes Métropole, Nantes City Lab, Nantes History Museum, DICI Design, Design in, ID4CAR competitiveness cluster and NOVABUILD) to validate hypotheses and propose deployment tracks at the end of the challenge.

More information here.

“S’way Tales – Stories of a community”, Plymouth, UK

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S’way Tales was established as a pilot partnership project, working with a small cohort of young people, Southway Community Group, a burgeoning Community Interest Company (CIC), Southway Play Care Charity, Plymouth Community Homes, Local Councillors (elected local representatives), local youth and community groups, local residents, and Fotonow (CIC) and Plymouth City Council Community Connections Youth Workers.

The project stemmed from identified issues within the community, specifically social isolation amongst residents (older and parents). Engaging with local young people, the project sought to identify innovative ways to both develop young people’s understanding of digital (lens-based) technology, whilst collaborating within a community environment. Sessions included; project development, filmmaking, photography, audio recording, interviewing, editing and event management / exhibition production.

The project culminated with a community event, on Saturday 19th May 2018, the day of the Royal Wedding. The young people’s work, a short-film, project photos and portraits, were exhibited to the local community and wider stake holders. This pilot social history project, led by young people, brought a community together whilst offering informal education in digital technology – working with the ethos of ‘visual culture for social change’.

The project that was kindly supported by donations from #Luscombedrinks #Aldi #Cooperativefood #Langagefarm #ABCBouncyCastles and co-financed by Interreg.


#swaytales #fotonow #southwaycommunitygroup #southwayplaycare #plymouthcommunityhomes #plymouth #AYCHEU #Creativeyouth #intergenerational #notwithoutme

British Talent in Santo Tirso’s company : An internship framed under the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project

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Since 9 July, three British students are undertaking an international internship in Santo Tirso company Adalberto. This professional exchange is framed under the European project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH), a transnational partnership in which the Municipality of Santo Tirso, through INVEST Santo Tirso, is the Portuguese representative.

The AYCH project aims to support and promote entrepreneurism and youth employment in the creative sector. This partnership is formed by some of the most prestigious schools and universities in the creative industries area and includes institutions from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

The AYCH program provides young people with a wide range of opportunities to develop their potential, from the participation in transnational events, to workshops or incubation programmes. Another option that participants may choose is to take an international internship in companies based within the region of one of the project partners. That is the case of three young British students from the school “Learn to Re-Create: Fashion and Textiles Education and Production”, who are undertaking a six weeks internship in the prestigious company Adalberto. This company, based in Santo Tirso, is the European leader in design, innovation and production in the areas of fashion and home textiles and exports to more than 40 markets.

The company has no financial costs with the internships, taking advantage of the professional technical skills of these students of the “Fashion and Textiles” course and, at the same time, providing all the accompaniment and technical support needed to the practical learning of these future experts of the area.

Aimed to promote youth entrepreneurism, the programme foresees that these young people can opt, at the end of their experience, to integrate the Fashion and Design Incubator of the Fábrica de Santo Thyrso and develop their business ideas, fulfilling their entrepreneur potential. Within this European initiative, it is expected that young students from Santo Tirso may also participate in these international exchanges, thus benefiting from an important platform to boost their early career.

AYCH: A PROJECT WITH VALUE

The Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project begins its work with the youngest of the house.

Through AychKids this European project has several main objectives:

– Disseminate the values of aych to children throughout Europe.
– Create activities for the youngest that have relation with the new technologies.
– Contribute to the dissemination of the aychocean program among children to continue the struggle of a world without plastic.

Our project believes that education has to reach the whole society but that children have to find tools outside the academic environment, and even through European projects; It is important that the shared work of educating comes from different areas of our societies.

Soon we can enjoy the adventures of Drop and Friends. !!!

AYCH OCEAN

Involve young people from four European countries through the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme in initiatives to conserve the good environmental condition of its beaches. The second is to create educational and informative material, achieving an active and interventive communication of these values with the work of European youth.

To achieve these objectives the project invites all its partners to develop activities for the benefit of the conservation of the seas and oceans with special incidence in the problem of plastic in those fulfilling the commitment that the whole partnership has acquired in relation to the circular economy and on the basis of starting this common project.

This year the objective is to have a “sea of ideas” and for young people from all over Europe to prototype solutions for environmental problems.

The Volunteer Camp of the Cíes Islands of the General Directorate of Xuventude, Participation and Volunteering of the Xunta de Galicia and the National Park of Atlantic Illas of Galicia gathers 120 young people from all over Europe this summer to work in the Cíes Islands.

A wonderful experience for youth throughout Europe.

Soon you will have more news from us.

SOFA WITH ENTREPRENEURS IN PLYMOUTH

Today, we are having a great chat on the sofa with entrepreneurs to learn how to run a business every day as part of the AYCH Incubation Programme, in Plymouth.

“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus” Bruce Lee

The Aych incubation program is designed so that non-formal education reaches all young people in an informal, close and close way in which they feel a total accompaniment.

First local AYCH Creative Jam: Young people from Devon learn how to use design thinking and digital fabrication to make their city a better place to live in!

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As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, the first local AYCH Creative Jam was organised at the Plymouth College of Art last month and challenged young people from across Devon to re-imagine their city and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the creative and cultural sector.

Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old from across Devon met at Plymouth College of Art for the UK’s first Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) Creative Jam, an innovative, free two-day initiative to help young people develop their design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills.

Over the two days, young people were encouraged to re-imagine their cities and communities, with experts from sectors including the creative, technology and digital, startup and enterprise, on hand to teach them creative, design and enterprise skills to help transform their ideas into reality. Using tools ranging from 3D Printers to laser cutters, participants learned skills in coding, filmmaking and even virtual reality. Across the course of the workshops, the young people formed teams to develop their ideas ready for pitching to a panel of expert judges at the end, who scored each idea for factors including how much social impact the project would have.

6 Innovative ideas for a more sustainable & dynamic city

 

#1 The AR app (winner of the Creative Jam) from Alex Surgeon and Neo Tomlinson (between 14 and 16 years old) from Space* Youth Services came up with an application giving access to art and advertisement on the public spaces through Augmented Reality, a brand new and eco friendly communication style only visible on the city walls through the smartphone once the digi code scanned.

 

#2 The Empathy Centre (most investable project)

Chloe Bayliss, Kyle Mclaughlin and Faith Earls, all aged between 16 and 18, travelled to the Creative Jam from Space* Youth Centers in Tiverton and Exmouth. This centre would be a place to socialise and learn more about the needs of others, including neuro-diversity and mental health conditions, through a combination of physical and Augmented Reality experiences and workshops, in order to increase

 

tolerance and solidarity between individuals.

#3 The Fruit

 

opia project (most impactful project) by Kirri Hansford and Kezz Crockett both students at Plymouth University and Sophie Alie from Plymouth (all in the 20s). They came up with this urban farming project which would be located in the main avenue in downtown Plymouth leading to the Lido pool. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, their objective is to reconnect people with nature and promote a healthier lifestyle by having fruits and veggies grown by and for the Plymouthians, the local restaurants will also have the opportunity to buy the fresh fruits and veggies to promote the circular and sustainable economy.

 

#4 The Bio Dome Project from Thomas Martin Loveder, student from PCA and Jamie Fernandes from a Youth Service in Exeter and Anthony Wing, and Karl Okai Koi from Plymouth Youth Services (also in their 20s) which would be implemented on a roundabout of Plymouth, the objective is to create a biodiversity oasis to reconnect people and become a place to be and to socialise while growing plants and taking care of nature.

 

#5 The City Grid from Emily Baily and Aaron Piper (in their 20s) from Space Youth Services, came up with a new transportation system carbon free and electric powered to reduce the impact on the environment and be less noisy in the city but also have strategic connections to the different attractions / work spaces, that enables all ages and abilities easier access to a city / towns social / economic infrastructure.

 

#6 Get Set Charge project from Lucy and Emma Taylor (between 14 and 16 years old) from Plymouth Youth Services came up with a mobile charging system to include in the sports machine located in the parks, while working out your phone get charged thanks to your energy, one more reason to get some fresh air, enjoy the time outside and be more healthy.

 

Bringing European expertise to young people in the South West

Experts from across the Europe travelled to Plymouth to mentor the young people in everything from why startups fail and how to start a successful business, to social media marketing, sound design, immersive VR technologies, and how to successfully capture important moments in film and photography.

 

Re-imagining Plymouth

Adam Cook, Founder of HillValley Research and Chairman of the  Enterprise & Innovation Subgroup at the South West Business Council, opened the two days of workshops with a keynote speech to the young people about what futurism is and the importance of thinking big when it comes to thinking about the future, conservation and transforming your community for the better. This led into a workshop for all of the young people, encouraging them to “Re-imagine your city”.

Adam said: “A lot of the projects that the young people have come up with are ambitious, but they’re all achievable. As an environmentalist I’m particularly interested in some of their ideas about greening. One of the great things to come out of the Creative Jam has been meeting all of these people at the beginning of their ideas. My door will be open for any of the participants who want to chat with me for business advice or tips about public speaking in future.”

 

Next Steps and AYCH opportunities

The participants now have the opportunity to take their ideas forward through the AYCH incubation programme.

AYCH opportunities:

  • Creative Jams

September 2018 in Angouleme, France. October 2018 in Plymouth, UK. November 2018 in Brest, France. April 2019 in Gijon, Spain.

  • Tech and Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Internship scheme in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Incubation programme and International Residencies across Europe
  • Online Courses around design thinking and digital fabrication

 

Join and follow AYCH now!

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AYCH project

The overall AYCH project, that the Creative Jam is a part of, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, designed to promote transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries. The AYCH aims to develop new approaches and interventions within existing youth settings, as well as in both formal and non-formal education settings, to connect young people, creative and social business leaders, with experts in emerging and disruptive technologies and creative industries. This will take place across a network of “Atlantic Horizon Hubs” that will help them to develop ideas, new products and services.

 

Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and AYCH Project Manager at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Seeing young people at our first Creative Jam recognising the importance that digital and enterprise skills have in helping them to shift their societal roles from passive consumers, to active makers and agents of change, was a real privilege. We’re proud that the college is able to lead these activities, both in the city and across Europe with our transnational partners.

 

“There are more events and opportunities coming through in the project, locally and among the partner network, that students and young people across Plymouth can get involved with, so we’d be very happy to hear from you if you want to find out more. You can contact either me at oraud@pca.ac.uk or Project Coordinator, Eli Zahoui at ezahoui@pca.ac.uk.”

 

VISIT TO ART IN BREST

As part of the incubation program in Brest, participants visited the ZAAT gallery. The gallery is tackling the issue of empty of vacant units in Brest, by organizing temporary exhibitions of local artists.

Participants had the opportunity to exchange with the artists and about their path towards professionalisation, talking about status, economy, activity and how to turn your passion into an activity.

This visit was organized in partnerhip with CitésLab, an agency supporting entrepreneurs in urban deprived areas.