Big Debate's ideas for supporting creative economy
Inspired by Charles Leadbeater’s keynote speech and addresses by Toby Barnes of Mudlark and David Harris of Wunderman, those attending The Big Debate came up with their own ideas on how the West Midland creative economy can best be supported.
These will be fed into a list of recommendations to go to the Government.
Points raised included:
* Birmingham is good at lots of things but needs to be more confident and do a better job of communicating these qualities.
* The region has thousands of individuals active in creating the digital economy but there needs to be more coordinated “branding” of what is happening here.
* We need to promote links between young people and the creative industries to foster a climate of social inclusion and involve diverse communities.
* “Cliques” need to be broken down and networks linking communities and industries should be supported.
* The city has an existing strength in engineering – imagination needs to be built into this.
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