Connect for Creativity’s first networking conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia between 12 and 14 June at the Cultural Center of Belgrade and Fabrika.
Connect for Creativity’s first networking conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia between 12 and 14 June at the Cultural Center of Belgrade and Fabrika. Three day conference, titled ‘Creative Backslash: from precarious individuals to resilient organizations’, brought together more than 180 people from 17 countries-34 cities across Turkey, the UK, Europe and Western Balkans.
The conference featured inspiring keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and workshops, engaging the participants in important dialogues about the future of creative professions, as well as the notions and challenges of precarious work, co-creation and resilience. The conference also touched upon some of the emerging issues, such as the relationship of creative work and mental health, gig economy and organization design and resilience, spread across three thematic modules: Alone (individual), Together (collaboration) and United (organization).
Lawyer, Alejandro joined MOB in 2015 as Co-founder and General Manager. Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration from the UPF, Alejandro put his sense of self-organization and his knowledge of business growth at the service of MOB. Since then, his mission has been to bring to life to the values and models carried out by MOB, creating a complete ecosystem that offers entrepreneurs the facilities, connections, tips training and opportunities they need to start up their business and make it grow.https://mob-barcelona.com/
Aleksandar Brkić is a scholar and lecturer in the fields of cultural/arts management and cultural policy, with significant experience as creative producer and arts manager, working in the intersections of performing arts, visual arts and design. He joined the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. Previously, Aleksandar was teaching at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and University of Arts in Belgrade. He delivered guest lectures at number of Universities internationally, including the City, University of London; Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta; De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila; University of Novi Sad.
He is a member of European network on cultural management and policy (ENCATC), Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and European Sociological Association (ESA). He has more than 15 years of international experience as a trainer and coach in the areas of project/events and strategic management, cultural policy and intercultural dialogue through arts, working with the organizations from Europe and Asia, such as Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh; Georgetown Festival, Penang; Mostar Youth Theatre, Mostar; PAC Multimedia, Skopje; Central Asian Network for Arts and Culture, Bishkek; European cultural foundation, Amsterdam; Banlieues d’Europe, Lyon.https://www.gold.ac.uk/
Atılım is a connector, a community builder and a facilitator. He endeavours to create meaningful connections between people and organizations. What drives him in life is to see these connections creating value in the long run. This happens whether through building/sustaining communities or facilitating collaborative processes. To him, creativity and meaning emerge from connecting the right dots, at the right time.
Being actively involved in different discipline clusters (engineering, design, arts&culture) throughout his educational and professional life, and producing together with people from different backgrounds & perspectives have inclined him to embrace an endless appetite for multidisciplinary approaches. He currently lives in Istanbul and works as the Creative Hub Director at ATÖLYE. He is a board member of European Creative Hubs Network and Swedish Alumni Network. He is also a local facilitator of Nesta's Creative Enterprise programme.https://atolye.io/en/home/
Brano Frk is an experienced Learning Designer with a demonstrated history of working in higher education, scientific research, business, NGO's and start-ups. He has strong expertise in Learning Design, Learning Innovations, Knowledge work, E-Learning Consulting, Coaching, Educational Consulting, Lecturing, and Organizational Development. Currently, work as a Learning designer in his own learning design studio Õppus.
Brano has a master degree and a Ph.D. in Andragogy (Adult education) from Komensky University, Bratislava, Slovakia. After graduation, he worked as an assistant professor (Department of Adult education) nearly 18 years for University of Presov, Slovakia and Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. His professional and research field of interest are learning technologies, online learning, L&D, and Learning design. Brano is using original Learning design methodology and toolkit based on Design thinking, Human-centered design, and Co-Creation. Co.design is an organic part of these processes and used in all phases: research, creation, and testing.http://www.oppus.co
Darija Medić is a digital practitioner and researcher, working in the fields of media art and archeology, curating and production. Currently as Digital Arts Project Coordinator at DiploFoundation, she works on creating links between digital/critical media art and digital policy. The majority of her projects are speculative interventions into the imperfections of systems that penetrate the principles of building social meaning and dynamics of power distribution. Since 2012 she has been a core member of Interkultivator, an initiative that focuses on the decentralization of cultural production, gender and technology. She has worked with Napon - Institute for flexible technologies and cultures and kuda.org new media center. Her work resides mostly in the context of the public domain and its shaping, language and its social practices, media and its archeology, technology and its philosophy.http://syntaxerrror.com/
Dragan Živadinov, born in 1960 in Ilirska Bistrica, is a Slovenian theatre director. He studied theatrical direction at the Academy of Music, Radio, Television and Film in Ljubljana from 1980 to 1984. He was a cofounder of the art movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (1985). In the 1980s he constructed the style formation retro-gardism. In 1983, he founded the retro-garde Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre and, in 1987 the cosmokinetic observatory Red Pilot. In the early 1990s he transformed Red Pilot into the Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet. In 1995 he embarked on the fifty-year theatrical process “Noordung 1995–2045” through the style formation of telecosmism. In 1998 he became a candidate cosmonaut and, in 1999, realised Biomechanics Noordung, the first complete theatre production in zero gravity conditions. In 2005 he staged the first reprise of Noordung 1995–2005–2045. The second reprise took place in 2015. In the 1980s he constructed retro-gardist events and observatories. In the 1990s he constructed informances. Since 2000 he has been constructing post-gravitational theatrical abstracts.http://www.delak.eu
Draga Jevtić is the Founder and Director of Creative Mentorship, a program for cultural workers and creatives, offering possibility for professional and personal development through mentorship work, educational workshops, networking events, promotion of their work and support by the program team. Prior to Creative Mentorship, Dragana worked in business development and international cooperation. She lived, studied, and worked in the United States, France and Cyprus. She graduated in International Business at the California State University. In Belgrade, she attended the UNESCO Master Studies in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Arts.http://www.kreativnomentorstvo.com/
Eva Matjaž has a BA in Psychology and MA in Social Work and Sociology. She is a certified teacher and independent researcher. She is the co-founder and program director of the first Slovenian creative center Poligon. She also co-founded Slovenia Coworking and Slovenia Crowdfunding initiatives, research institutes Memo Institute and Intakodalje and Slovenian’s first library of things - Knjižnica REČI. Her research focuses on: alternative models of wealth, opportunities and pitfalls of new work and new economy models and the potential of creative communities. She is the Program Director and Co-founder of Poligon Creative Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Self-employed, independent professionals, freelancers, precarious workers, … whichever term you prefer this are one of the most important segments of creative hubs users. Although self-employment is encouraged by governments and on the rise in Europe and globally, little focus is put on strengthening much-needed freelancer-specific soft-skills. To balance work and life, prevent burnout, decrease stress and enable more secure financial future, we in Poligon developed a hands-on program that empowers freelancers to confidently develop their careers in today’s turbulent labor market.http://www.poligon.si
Eva Velimirović is an experienced and skilled Senior Trainer and HR Consultant with fifteen years of professional expertise. She is oriented towards practical solutions that help individuals, teams and organizations in their quests for furthering professional and personal development. Eva has the MA in Psychology and is currently attending RE&KBT psychotherapy education. Throughout her career, she has been cooperating with various local and international clients and is working as a precarious freelancer herself, juggling work, personal education, motherhood and whatnots.https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-velimirovic-80256916/
Javier Buron Garcia is an architect living and practicing between Spain and Ireland. He is co-founder of Colaborativa.eu, a creative studio based in Córdoba exploring new ways of making digitally, working creatively, and sharing collectively. He is also the co-founder of MODO, a creative hub and cultural space in Córdoba. Javier lectures at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick and is the founding director of Fab Lab Limerick, a space for makers in Limerick city. He has been part of the Irish team at the 11th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, awarded with the Maker of Merit at maker Faire Rome and shortlisted on the Spanish architecture award Arquia Proxima.http://www.colaborativa.eu
Jovan Čekić graduated from the department of Philosophy at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade and received a Phd degree at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University in Belgrade. He was awarded the Nadežda Petrović Memorial Award, as well as the award of the October Salon in Belgrade. He was the editor for theory at Moment magazine. Until 1997, he was the director and the editor-at-large of New Moment, magazine for visual culture. In 1998, he published the book Cutting Through Chaos and the monograph Art Sessions: Era Milivojević (both for Geopoetika). He was the Artistic Director and curator of BELEF festivals in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Artistic Director of the Biennial of Young Artists in Vršac in 2002. He lectured as a guest professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade and Fine Art Academy in Cetinje (Montenegro). He is the editor of the Artedition of the Geopoetika publishing house.https://fmk.singidunum.ac.rs/
Mario Kolarić is a visual artist, born in 1984 in Belgrade (Serbia), and raised in Osijek (Croatia). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Croatia). Living and working in Belgrade, he works in a field of drawing, objects, and installations, by creating an abstract narrative through simple visual elements.https://mariokolaric.com/
Marko is a copywriter, creative strategist and videographer with more than 10 years of experience in creative, IT and gaming industry. Last 5 years Marko spent working in the advertising agencies on brands such as Nike, Under Armor, Telenor bank, Vip mobile, McDonald’s, UNICEF, British Council, Hemofarm and many others before returning to the IT industry again. He is creator and author of one of the most popular #agencylife projects in SEE, Klijent Je Uvek U Pravu. Featured on the AdWeek, awarded with SomoBorac, Golden Drum and numerous other awards. Currently, Marko is working in FishingBooker as a Creative Specialist.https://www.facebook.com/klijentjeuvekupravu/
Nana is one of the co-founders of Nova Iskra, where she is focused on creating mentoring programs, trainings and workshops for individuals, organizations and companies interested in taking an active role in the processes of transformation - not only of their projects and businesses, but also through creation of new ways in which we could learn, live and work in the future. She holds MA in Management in Culture, Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans from the University of the Arts Belgrade, and has extensive experience in working in the private, public and civil sectors. She is a professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, and a mentor within the Nelt Educational Program and Creative Mentorship.http://www.novaiskra.com
Nikola Veličković has spent the last 8 years creating innovative learning solutions for individuals, NGOs and corporations. As a learning Journey Consultant at Gi Group, Nikola designs tailor-made solutions that are easily transferred into the work place and contribute to both the individual and the organization. He has had the pleasure to work and interact with hundreds of
individuals worldwide as well as some of the biggest companies in the region: Atlantic Group, Coca Cola Hellenic, Nis, Aroma, Roche, Tetrapak, Strauss Adriatic, Unicredit Bank, Vip Mobile, Erste Bank and many others. Nikola believes that creativity and innovation are the fuel that drives progress. He believes that art and science can and should coexist and he is constantly trying to find common ground between the two.
Dr. Rachel Doern joined the Institute of Management Studies at Goldmisth University in 2014. She previously worked at Royal Holloway University of London, and the Universities of St. Andrews and Essex. She has a PhD in Management, an MSc in International Marketing, a BComm in Marketing and a BA in Economics and Psychology. Much of Rachel’s research examines the cognitions, emotions and behaviors of entrepreneurs in adverse conditions. Her research is inter-disciplinary in nature, drawing on micro-sociological and psychological approaches to understanding resilience and vulnerability in an entrepreneurial context and how entrepreneurs interact with different stakeholders as they develop their businesses, particularly during times of crisis. Recent research projects look at entrepreneurial diversity, identities and communities.https://www.gold.ac.uk/
Tânia Santos (Portugal, 1981) is the founder of CRU Cowork, a creative hub which combines a coworking space, an art gallery and a designers store in Porto. She runs this creative hub and manages this creative community of professionals since 2012. She is graduated in Psychology and a Master practitioner in Economics and Innovation Management, at FEP - Porto University. Since 2018, Tânia is a member of the board of directors of the European Creative Hubs Network, a non-profit organization that aims to connect and support creative hubs across Europe.http://www.cru-cowork.com
Vassilis Haralambidis is founding member, Manager and Artistic Director of BIOS non-profit organization. BIOS today operates via 3 separate venues, all located in the center of Athens. The first one is Bios (a cultural center for performing arts and cross media), then there is Romantso (the first Greek Creative and cultural industries hub) and finally Latraac (a social garden and sports venue). Since founding BIOS in 2001, he has been curating numerous events and performances concerning urban culture, new media and various expressions of contemporary artistic creativity. As a designer, he has received numerous Greek and European awards and distinctions. He has devoted himself to pioneering a creative based approach to new and social entrepreneurship, best practices and policy, with his main focus currently being social inclusion and regeneration through the creative and cultural industries sector.http://www.bios.gr/
Keynote: Dragan Živadinov19:00 - 20:00
This special, “performative lecture” will come from one of the most forward-thinking artists and authors from cultural space of former Yugoslavia, which is in recent decades increasingly marked by a wish to overcome the physical boundaries of terrestrial art forms, and initiate and enable creative action, collaboration and communication - in space. The lecture will showcase a number of ideas and project developed by Dragan Živadinov over the years, the most recent of them through the Delak Institute. The institute is the vehicle for the work of Dragan Živadinov (attractor, candidate cosmonaut), Dunja Zupančič (visual artist) and Miha Turšič (designer of zero-gravity dwellings). Delak Institute focuses primarily on the research and development of post-gravity art, art that emerges in conditions without gravity. Delak Institute produces the fifty-year theatre project Noordung::1995–2045, which includes also the performance Biomechanics Noordung (1999), the first complete theatre production in zero gravity, which was performed in a Russian cosmonaut training aircraft.
Opening Addresses09:30 - 10:00
Relja Bobić (Nova Iskra, RS)
Cansu Ataman (The British Council, TK)
Yunus Emre Institute representative
Keynote: Rachel Doern10:00 - 10:45
``How to be More Resilient as a Creative Professional in a Precarious Environment``
This talk focuses on what it means to be resilient, why resilience is so important and the research behind how individuals can work to develop resilience. It provides rich examples of how small business entrepreneurs have been resilient or vulnerable during times of crisis. It highlights what creative professionals can do to develop more resilient careers.
Presentations: Dragana Jevtić11:00 - 12:00
Dragana Jevtić (Creative Mentorship, RS)
Creative Mentorship represents a program, alumni network and community of 200 ambassadors who believe in mentoring, life-long learning, and knowledge and experience exchange. Realized in Serbia annually since 2011, with each cycle the program grows by 50 new participants, aiming to build, inspire and support a community of change-makers committed to the vision of a society which nurtures sharing, continuous learning and creativity. The presentation will showcase the way the program works and some of the key lessons from across the years, as well as the overall role and importance of mentorship in personal and professional development.
Marko Novaković (The Client is Always Right, RS)
The Client Is Always Right?
Eva Matjaž (Poligon, SI)
Mostly Unavailable After 11 pm
Presentations: Marko Novaković11:00 - 12:00
The Client Is Always Right?
Actually, he/she is not always right. And yes, this title is clickbait. Instead of clients, we are going to talk about creatives and their creative struggles, mental health and burnouts. Through his story, Marko will tell you everything about the problems and challenges that the creative industry brings today.
Presentations: Eva Matjaž11:00 - 12:00
Mostly Unavailable After 11 pm
Self-employed, independent professionals, freelancers, precarious workers, … whichever term you prefer this are one of the most important segments of creative hubs users. Although self-employment is encouraged by governments and on the rise in Europe and globally, little focus is put on strengthening much-needed freelancer-specific soft-skills. To balance work and life, prevent burnout, decrease stress and enable more secure financial future, we in Poligon developed a hands-on program that empowers freelancers to confidently develop their careers in today’s turbulent labor market.
Panel: Do What You Love (Not)12:00 - 12:45
Moderator: Vassilis Haralambidis (Bios, GR)
Speakers: Rachel Doern, Dragana Jevtić, Marko Novaković, Eva Matjaž, Mario Kolarić
Keynote - Q&A: Brano Frk14:15 - 15:00
Co-creation and the Learning Experience
Co-creation is kind of very explicit learning process using the diversity of competencies, talent, approach and experience. But learning is often overlooking part of the co-creation process, lots of teams are focused only on the creative process and results. The Learning experience is important not only for successful outputs but also for personal and team development and as a driving force of creativity. Working on co-created initiatives enables social, active, experiential and problem-based learning, and facilitates participants engagement. But how to design a learning experience in co-creation? In the presentation I will share essentials of the Learning Design for co-creation and few tips on how to use technology for the better learning experience and performance.
Presentations: Javier Buron Garcia15:00 - 16:00
From Do-it-yourself to Do-it-together
What happens when people become empowered by new ways of making digitally, working creatively and sharing collectively?
Presentations: Tania Santos15:00 - 16:00
Creative Hubs: from serendipity spaces to engineered networks
How connectivity has been leading to collaboration and co-creation within creative hub communities.
Presentations: Darija Medić15:00 - 16:00
The Promise of Blockchain: ideal mediation or illusive transactions?
This talk will focus on the implementation of blockchain to facilitate creative processes, both as methodology and as technology. It will offer a short introduction to what blockchain is and how it technically works, the mechanisms of which feed directly into conceptions of creative collaboration. Placing it in the history of ICT, we will observe use cases and open up the question of evaluating the benefits, misconceptions, failures and added value.
Workshops: Nana Radenković16:20 - 18:00
Team as Value
Studies show that teams have better predispositions for innovation, they are quicker in spotting mistakes and problems, and are seeking better solutions to challenges, offering suggestions for improvement. Still, working with others can sometimes be very frustrating, distracting and not that effective. How can we improve the power of team and enhance leadership potentials of each team member. This presentation will demonstrate helpful tools for creating and leading a process that involves a group of people who are on a common quest – to create a shared value, impact-full projects and desirable products and services.
Workshops: Jovan Čekić16:20 - 18:00
Creativity is the process of creating new ideas. Transformation of thought is a necessary precondition for each new idea, the most complicated technological design, scientific theory or work of art. Hence, ideas come first, followed by their products - inventions, scientific achievements, artworks. The creative spirit sees ordinary things in a new and unusual way. Creative strategies are ways of seeking ideas. Today's production in various cultural registers too often falls into clichés. Getting away from the clichés is possible if the thought process, which involves many abilities, is directed towards originality, flexibility and mobility of thought.
What does actually happen when someone says, ``Hey, I have an idea!”? Having an idea is not such a common event, it is more of an unexpected turn of events, something unusual. For each creation, the mode in which it is expressed is important. An idea should be accepted as a potential, as something already immersed in a specific modality of expression. There is no general idea, but depending on the techniques that we are familiar, one can have an idea within a certain cultural production register. There are ideas that can communicate across disciplines, but their appearance in those disciplines will not be the same. In this workshop, the focus will be on analyzing examples of different creative strategies in the process of reaching ideas in the field of creative work. Participants will be introduced to various creative strategies that can be applied in the domain of creative professions.
Workshops: Eva Velimirović16:20 - 18:00
Choose Wisely What to Spend Your Time On
This interactive workshop will be focused on developing and supporting specific skills that help us become better at planning and organizing our activities. The main topics will include the importance of setting goals, creating plans that support their achievement and tips and tricks that help us stay focused, reach the flow state more often and ultimately feel more satisfied at the end of the day. The saying goes that “we all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one”. Let’s enjoy the intercultural dialog and help each other make the best out of that second one.
Workshops: Atılım Şahin16:20 - 18:00
Designing Community-oriented Organizations
The workshop will focus on how community-oriented thinking might help individuals and organizations to build inclusive strategies that are serving the future of work. We will discuss how we could design more resilient and adaptive communities to boost effective collaborations within our organizations.
Keynote: Aleksandar Brkić10:00 - 10:45
Who Needs an Organisation Today?
In the times of entrepreneurship, startup and freelance culture, who really needs an organisation as a form? This talk will try to challenge this notion and present some innovative approaches to organisations, focusing on the people who are just starting in the arts and creative industries.
Presentations: Atılım Şahin11:00 - 12:00
ATÖLYE - a Membrane Organisation
Combining a creative hub and strategic design studio within the same platform, ATÖLYE is a space-enabled, community-oriented, culture-driven organization that designs for positive impact. The short lecture will showcase ATÖLYE's unique organizational structure in relation to 21st-century organizational design trends.
Presentations: Nikola Veličković11:00 - 12:00
In today's environment, organizations are continuously introducing changes in response to internal and external factors. These changes demand new ways of thinking, communicating and leading. When managing change, one must start with himself in order to effectively lead others through change. Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Presentations: Alejandro Papadopoulos11:00 - 12:00
Growing the Makers of Barcelona
The talk will focus on the internal transformation process of the Makers of Barcelona organization, one of the leading creative hubs in Spain, and one of the pioneering ones in Barcelona. MOB has developed into a multi-faceted platform for co-working, creative development and creative consulting, serving both individuals and freelancers, as well as companies, startups and other stakeholders.
Panel: Designing Creative Organisations for the/of...12:00 - 12:45
Participants: Aleksandar Brkić, Atılım Şahin, Nikola Veličković, Alejandro Papadopoulos
Moderator: Nana Radenković
Fabrika, Bulevar despota Stefana, Belgrade, Serbia
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Dim, Cetinjska 15, Belgrade, Serbia
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Dvorana Kulturnog Centra, Kolarčeva, Belgrade, Serbia
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