Creative Catalyst: A role for universities in building creative industries
5-6 December 2019
Abdullah Gül University
Connect for Creativity’s second networking conference will take place in Kayseri, Turkey on 5-6 December 2019 at Abdullah Gül University, Sümer Campus.
The conference will focus on creativity, cross-cultural competencies, and the role of higher education and creative industry partnerships in driving the further development of future education. We will explore why creativity and cross-cultural competency are among the 10 most important skills of the future? What is the role and contribution of higher education in creative economy? How can creative industries take an active role in the design and further development of future education?
The conference will bring together decision makers, thought leaders and experts from across Europe to explore the future of creativity, skills, workforce and culture. The two-day event will offer creative and cultural professionals an opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience to build dialogue and foster new collaborations through workshops, group discussions as well as keynotes and panels.
*Turkish-English simultaneous translation will be provided for the main conference programme. ‘Follow the Speakers’ session and workshops will be held in English.
**If you want to participate to the conference, please register here.
After she completed her BA in Economics at Bogazici University, she attended Designation, a digital design bootcamp in Chicago, where she worked with tech startups on UX research and design. After returning to Turkey, she joined ATÖLYE’s multidisciplinary team as experience and learning designer where she worked until September 2018. Within ATOLYE, as a human-centered design practitioner, she contributed to the fields of design research, design strategy, experience & system design. She worked on projects of various scales ranging from digital design to product-service-system design, to spatial design across multiple sectors. Some of the clients of these projects included Vehbi Koç Vakfı, ERG, Özel Sezin Okulları, TEB, Turkcell, Garanti, Mercedes and Zorlu. Also, as a learning designer and facilitator, she designed and facilitated innovation programs for both corporate changemakers and social innovators. As well as long-term innovation processes, as a part of ATOLYE, she has designed and facilitated over 30 co-creation and co-learning workshops with companies, NGOs, social innovators, social and creative entrepreneurs, and university students. In October 2018, she co-founded ara studio. At ara studio, she continues to develop social-impact focused innovation projects, leading design research & strategy. Blending and creating a wide range of innovation methods, she designs and facilitates innovation processes and learning experiences for social actors.
Başak has worked towards sustainable development for the last 15+ years. Her work aimed to empower individuals as well as communities to actively participate in social, economic and political life as change makers. She has always prioritized capacity development for resilience, as well as sustainability and development.
With this perspective, she has designed, developed, led and monitored project-based partnerships with private sector, government and non-government organizations on sustainable development topics at institutions including UNDP, Habitat and Building Markets. These projects have addressed issues on digitalization and technology innovation; financial inclusion and education; enhancement of entrepreneurship ecosystems; green, inclusive and socially responsible business creation and development; circular economy solutions; livelihoods support for refugees as well as local governance, community empowerment, active citizenship, youth empowerment and gender equality.
Başak is the Strategic Partnerships Lead at Viveka Full Service Accelerator. She is also a Co-founder of DCUBE, an R&D cooperative that facilitates circular economy solutions and transition to circular development. She supports and provides advisory to initiatives that facilitate sustainable development including the SDG Impact Accelerator. She is also an active member of the TOBB Women Entrepreneurship Board and the national Network on Checks and Balances. She serves on the board of directors of various companies and social enterprises as a partner. Previously, Başak sit at the executive board of the World Academy for Local Democracies of UCLG-MEWA and served as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board on Youth of Council of Europe.
Başak holds a BA degree from Koç University, and two LLM degrees from Marmara University and Nottingham University. She is also a PFP fellow of the US State Department; she has completed her fellowship at the Global Accelerator MassChallenge in Boston.https://www.viveka.com.tr/
Burak Asiliskender is a Professor of architecture at Abdullah Gül University School of Architecture, and founding chair of the Department of Architecture. He is also one of the co-founders of the Argeus Architects. He studies on architectural history and design approaches of modern movement; modernization and industrialization practices of Turkish Republic, identity and cultural policies, and teaches on architectural design and theory. He is currently involved in the design and implementation projects for the restoration and adaptive re-use of former Sümerbank Kayseri Textile Factory for AGU. He is a member of TICCIH, EAHN and DOCOMOMO.http://www.agu.edu.tr/
Cansu Ataman Bilgiç is currently an Arts Manager at the British Council in Turkey, leading on design, development, delivery and evaluation of Creative Economy programme portfolio in Turkey. She joined in 2012 to coordinate the Cultural Programme for Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair. Prior to joining the British Council, between 2009 and 2012 Cansu worked in fundraising at the London Symphony Orchestra and Science Museum focusing on philanthropy. She completed a BA in Music and Piano-Forte from Bilkent University (2008) and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London (2009).https://www.britishcouncil.org.tr/en
Starting from her BA in Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Technical University, she contributed in several social impact focused projects as social designer, coordinator, executer or supporter voluntarily or professionally. In the years following her master’s degree in Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands; she continued her higher education with Cultural Management master’s programme in Istanbul Bilgi University where she also worked as a teaching assistant for 3 years. Then, during her year in Morocco, she joined the community of the first co-working space (insane!) established in Casablanca where she designed and implemented creative urban workshops and contributed to strategic planning of the association for short and long term. Later, she has supported ATÖLYE in process design and facilitation in impact focused projects for 2 years. In October 2018, she co-founded ara studio and she continues to bring the designer’s perspective with a human-centered approach both to social impact-oriented and commercial projects in the fields of design research, design strategy, product-service-system design and learning design.
Claire de Braekeleer is Director Arts, Wider Europe for the British Council, based in Istanbul. She leads the strategic direction of an arts programme across 15 countries in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans.
Previously she was Director Partnerships for the British Council in Egypt from 2014-17, leading on business pursuit and communications. Based in Moscow from 2012-14 Claire served as Deputy Director, British Council Russia, leading a portfolio across Education, English and Arts. Prior she was Head of Arts, running a major cultural programme with high profile partners in the UK and Russia. Starting her career at the British Council’s Creative Economy team in London she managed the Young Creative Entrepreneur awards, a scheme for innovative entrepreneurs in the creative industries across 50 countries.
Claire has an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London.https://www.britishcouncil.org/
Dan Spain is the Founder and Director of Rabble Studio in Cardiff, Wales. Rabble opened in 2016 as a co-working home for freelancers, small businesses and remote workers based in and around the creative industries.
Dan has been working with creative communities in Cardiff for over 5 years, previously running monthly design talks, creative industry focussed socials and more recently, he co-organised Cardiff Design Festival which took place over 4 days in October 2019.
Rabble has participated in a number of projects with British Council, NESTA and Cardiff University and is also a founding member of Cardiff’s Co-working Collective, an active member of the European Creative Hubs Network and currently the UK partner hub for the Connect for Creativity project.
Dr. Ayral has pursued and followed a multi-faceted path since the beginning of his career in 1983, when he had to undertake the family business while still studying Management and Finance in Marmara University. He had always been active in more than one field and took part in several ventures as entrepreneur, professional executive, consultant, trainer and faculty member. His role in Istanbul Bilgi University has been a life changer for him as he finally had the opportunity to combine two apparently different aspirations: success in academia and business. The post covered all income generating activities ranging from student attraction to program development and corporate relations. As a member of the top executive team he had the chance to take part in strategic decisions and their implementation processes. Following the acquisition of Istanbul Bilgi University by an international group, he refocused his efforts in private ventures ranging from property development (projects in Istanbul and Lisbon) , to finance (asset management), and education (online and blended programs). He currently deploys most of his capacity on the design, development and delivery of on-line and off-line training programs. As an education professional, he has been actively taking leading roles in corporate and academic education projects since the year 2000 and has designed & delivered hundreds of trainings. The scope of his favorite training areas ranges from macro issues such as Chaos Theory and Strategy to behavioral issues such as Leadership and Sales. He is currently teaching in Management Departments of Boğaziçi University and İstanbul Bilgi University. He has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and his thesis is named “How to Manage Chaos: Fast, Innovative, Flexible and İntegrated Organizations”. He recently developed a pedagogic model based on Bloom Taxonomy, called Unlearn-X. The model constitutes a basis for the design and delivery of learning projects. Dr. Ayral believes that universities have to cope with the exponential nature of today’s ecosystem by re-evaluating their strategic purpose, structure, processes, culture and promises. As learning organizations they must and can find ways to develop models in which accountability and creativity co-exist and thrive together.https://www.bilgi.edu.tr/en/
Emre received his undergraduate degree in Management of Performing Arts and his graduate degree in Marketing Communications, both at Istanbul Bilgi University. He embarked on his career in project-based roles at various cultural organizations. Emre served as the Digital Media Associate at the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) from 2010 to 2014, during which time he not only developed and implemented the foundation’s social media strategy but also generated a wide scope of digital marketing projects, from mobile apps to integrated campaigns. Emre later worked at leading arts & culture and publishing houses such as Doğuş Media Group and ArtInternational with a focus on marketing, communication, and business development. From 2010 to 2016, he provided project-based strategy and communications consulting services for numerous institutions and initiatives, such as Istanbul Modern, Nerole, Nohlab, reflect, SALT, streetdust, and Turkcell.
Emre’s articles have appeared in publications such as AJournal, altzine, Calling, Cumhuriyet, Luxos, Size, Trendsetter Istanbul, T24, vesaire, Vogue, and Zero, while his academic papers were published in the books Cultural Policy and Management Yearbook and New Media Studies II. He continues to write articles on culture for the Market supplement of Istanbul Art News. In 2015, Emre established the platform kültür.limited to bring together culture professionals in Turkey. He has also served as a board member for AICA Turkey (International Association of Art Critics) since 2017. He has delivered talks at the Social Media Summit, International City and Civil Society Organizations Summit, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Istanbul, as well as international events such as Art Lab in Italy, We Are Next in the United Kingdom, and Creative Meetup in Poland. He has also received professional training on a range of topics such as the Nesta Creative Enterprise Programme and Design Thinking. Emre continues to teach the course Marketing of Culture and Audience Development at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Joining ATÖLYE in 2016, Emre has served as the Communications & Events Lead for nearly 3 years at. Now, he is working as an Events Lead & Project Manager. In addition to programming and managing public events organized by ATÖLYE, Emre also develops and conducts international projects in creative areas.https://atolye.io/en/
Dr. Sabuncuoglu serves as the founding rector of Abdullah Gul University. He earned his BS and MS in industrial engineering from Middle East Technical University, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Wichita State University in 1990. Dr. Sabuncuoglu worked for Boeing, Pizza Hut and the National Institute of Health in the USA during his doctorial study. He joined Bilkent University – the first private and non-profit university in Turkey and worked as a full-time faculty member until 2013. In the meantime, he held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA and at Institute Français de Mécanique Avancée (IFMA) in France. His research interests include real-time scheduling, simulation-based optimization, smart manufacturing systems, cancer screening and driven pharmaceutical systems. His research has been funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey) and EUREKA (The European-wide initiative to foster European competitiveness through cooperation among companies and research institutions in the field of advanced technologies).
Dr. Sabuncuoglu also has significant industrial experiences in aerospace, automotive, and military-based defense systems. His research projects were sponsored by a number of national and international companies. Throughout his 28-year career, he has advised and given consultancy to a large number of organizations in Turkey.
His scholarly work produces more than a hundred scientific papers in international journals, conference proceedings and five edited books. He is on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals in the areas of industrial engineering and operations research. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering, the Institute of Operations Research, the Management Sciences, and the Simulation Society. He is a member of the Council of Industrial Engineering (CIEADH) and various other professional and social committees.
Dr. Sabuncuoglu has over 20 years of experience in various administrative and executive positions. As a member of the founding team of Bilkent University, he worked and chaired a number of the institution’s committees, and served as the chairman of the Industrial Engineering (IE) Department between. Under is chairmanship, the Industrial Engineering undergraduate program received the ABET accreditation, which made the University become the first non-American ABET accredited Institution in history. Later, he established the center for university-industry collaboration at Bilkent University and acted as the founding director until his departure to the Abdullah Gül University in 2013.
Abdullah Gul University (AGU) was established in 2013 under Dr. Sabuncuoglu’s leadership. It is the first hybrid model between state and private universities in the Turkish higher education system. Despite the institution’s young age, AGU is currently ranked 12th (out of over 200 Universities) in the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Turkish University Index”. According to URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance), AGU is currently ranked 2nd out of 70 universities established in the last 20 years in Turkey.
AGU’s contribution is also recognized internationally as it was ranked based on United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Top 101-200 most impactful universities worldwide, and the youngest university in the Top 200. Reflecting the great emphasis placed by AGU on “Societal Impact”, the most important mission of contemporary and innovative universities, AGU achieved spectacular success and was ranked 4th best university worldwide in the Sustainable Cities and Communities category. Moreover, AGU was placed 32nd in the Climate Action and 58th in the Reduced Inequalities categories. The first edition of the University Impact Ranking includes metrics based on 11 of the United Nations SDGs. AGU topped the table as best Turkish university in 4 of them, including in the “Quality Education” category.
Dr. Sabuncuoglu spends most of his research time on institutional changes and re-organization of higher education systems (HES) in a global world. Specifically, he has been working on the development of a new university concept called “3rd Generation University”. He has organized more than 30 search conferences and workshops to develop this new university model via the active contribution of 700+ people from all over the world, ranging from universities, industries, NGOs and public institutions.
Dr. Sabuncuoglu is regularly invited to speak at many of the most renowned national and International Summits in order to share his valuable experiences and opinions. These include the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit (Orlando, USA, 2018), the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Summit (Rabat, Morocco, 2018), the EDUCON ASIA Higher Education Summit (Singapore, 2017), the IAU International Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2017), the UIIN University-Industry Interaction Conference (London, 2018) and the Conference of Hanseatic League of Universities (Seoul, South Korea 2019).
As a facilitator, Jörn Hendrik Ast develops workshop concepts, designs interactions and enables groups to achieve the best possible results. Jörn Hendrik's passion for the workplace of the future led to the founding of companies such as New Work Heroes, a publisher of print and digital content for today's career orientation. Today, he is a mentor for start-ups and Universities, develops digital products as an Agile Coach and Design Thinker, and coaches development teams as a Scrum Master. Jörn Hendrik Ast is a podcaster, author and publisher of books such as the New Work Journal.https://newworkhero.es/
Marlen Komorowski, PhD in Media and Communication Studies, is impact analyst and researcher at Cardiff University in the creative economy team. She is also senior researcher at imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her doctoral thesis had the title “Agglomerating Media Activities in the City”. As a researcher, her work focuses on media and creative industries-related projects, impact analysis, industry clustering, ecosystem and value network analysis, new business models and the impact of the digitization on industries and firms. She is the editor of the upcoming book “Creative Cluster Development” that will be published by Taylor & Francis in 2020 and she has published in many international journals on creative and media clusters and hubs.https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/
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
Nurullah Yavaş was born in Adapazarı, Sakarya in 1986. After he completed his primary, middle, and high school education in the same city and graduated from the Department of Italian Language and Literature, Faculty of Language and History-Geography at Ankara University.
He worked as the “Youth Worker”, “Camp Leader” and “Coordinator” at the General Directorate of Youth and Sports-Youth Services Department and at the General Directorate of Youth Services of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. He took part in national and international social and cultural projects. He worked as “Project assistant” and “Project Coordinator” for “GAP Action Plan Communication Project” and “2017 Istanbul World Milk Summit”.
Following his public and private sector experience, he started working in Yunus Emre Institute in 2014 as an “Assistant Expert”. Since 2014, when he started to work at Yunus Emre Institute, he worked as an assistant specialist in the “Directorate of Culture and Arts” and The “Office of the Private Secretary”; He has been working as an Expert in the “Directorate of Strategy Development and Corporate Communications”. Previously, he worked as “Director” of the Yunus Emre Institute in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
He is married and speaks English and Italian.https://www.yee.org.tr/en
Director of Materahub, project manager of EU funded projects, is working since 2010 on capacity building actions for the Creative and Cultural sector and support to young entrepreneurs and startups in the cultural and social sector.
Since 2014, he has worked on cross-fertilization between arts and other sector of the economy, society and culture. Supporter with Materahub of the process of candidature of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture particularly on the capacity building process for cultural organizations that have developed the artistic and cultural program, he has been working on the topic of internationalization and networking at EU level for the Creative and Cultural sector.
In 2018, he has started a new project focused on supporting faculties of arts & humanities on developing new spaces for innovation, entrepreneurship education for students and academic staff, cross -fertilization with companies.https://www.materahub.com
Rachael Turner is the founder and CEO of MadLab - one of the UK’s best-known creative hubs. Established in 2009, MadLab encompasses a broad range of audiences and activities: from local grassroots making, through to curiosity-driven art-science-technology research, both in the UK and overseas as part of a growing international maker-hacker-tinkerer movement.
Rachael has extensive global knowledge of creative spaces, with detailed working knowledge of many of these, and has worked with/ within hubs in the US (New York, San Francisco), the UK (e.g. participating in successful £2m consortium bid with Bruntwood for a Manchester Tech Hub, or advising Central St. Martins), Europe, Pakistan (through programmes present and past, including British Council’s DICE programme), India, China, Bahrain, Qatar, and South Korea.
Rozina Spinnoy is a Design Strategist and Social Entrepreneur, running her own NGO and SME's based in Brussels and working internationally.
Wearing several hats and utilizing her creative and design management skills across a variety of sectors and interests ranging from; Education, Gender Equality, Mental Health, Urban Place-making and Participatory Democracy.
A continued drive and desire to 'Design' inclusive communities throughout her projects, including her social and digitally inclusive education project 'Analogue to Digital'.
Rozina is a keen advocate of the value and role that Design, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship play in tackling our societal challenges. Hence you'll often find her networking in many of the related conferences and events at home and abroad.http://www.belgiumdesigncouncil.com/
Sara Bengts incorporates social sciences with solid experience from the design field. Sara has been working with marketing and brand building for international companies such as Swatch, Topshop, Mulberry, and Lapuan Kankurit. She combines her professional experience with the newest research in social sciences and education. She offers lectures, workshops, and courses in creative thinking both for the corporate sector and education sector. Sara believes that when we are being creative and inspired, we change the world. That power of creativity belongs to everyone.https://ctnk.org/
Sara is Director of Creative Economy at Cardiff University, with two main leadership roles: Director of creative city network Creative Cardiff, and Chief Operating Officer of Clwstwr a £9millionm R&D project promoting innovation in the Welsh economy. Her role is to provide leadership and strategic direction to these initiatives and to work wide variety of stakeholders including academic, industry and government partners. Sara is passionate about championing and developing creative talent and ideas and brokering partnerships that enable individuals and organisations to realise their full creative and commercial potential.https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/
Theo is a social entrepreneur, a science communicator and a public speaker. He is the Founder and General Manager of SciCo, an international social enterprise aiming to make science and technology simple and understandable to the public and to various stakeholder groups. He is also the Co-Founder of the ``Athens``, ``Thessaloniki`` “Patras”, Thessaly, and ``Mediterranean” Science Festivals, “Mind the Lab”, the ``School Lab`` international teaching platform, “STEMpowering Youth”, “Celebrity Science”.
Theo holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London and his Post-Doctoral Research work was in hereditary cancer. In 2011 he was nominated by UNESCO Greece for the Kalinga Science Popularization Prize and in 2012 he trained with Al Gore to become one of Climate Reality Project Ambassadors. From 2013 to 2017 he was the President of the Onassis Foundation Scholar’s Association. In February 2017 he won the British Council Alumni UK social Impact Award. He is the first Greek to become an Ashoka Fellow. Theo was the winner of the Mariano Gago Award at “Ecsite” conference 2019 for the program STEMpowering Youth.
Theo has been the host presenter for TEDxAthens (2011- 2014), TEDxLimassol (2014 and 2015) and TEDxPatras (2017 and 2018).
Theo has travelled to 92 countries in six continents.https://scico.gr
Vasilis Avdikos is assistant professor at the Department of Economic and Regional Development at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. He is researching creative and cultural industries for over a decade now. Currently he is working on the impacts of collaborative spaces in the urban context, cultural policies and new valuation methodologies for the socio-economic impacts of culture.https://www.panteion.gr/en/
Graduated interior design at Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, and in 2004 received a Master degree in furniture design, with minor in fashion design at the UIAH, Finland. In 2004 established design studio KAKO.KO best known in the field of furniture, interior, lighting and product design, and equally successful in setting conceptual exhibitions & cultural events. Participated in design weeks across Europe, and among several national received international iF Product Design and Good Design award.
Equally active in the field of education, since 2010 has been a docent at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, where in addition to regular classes is the initiator and coordinator of notable student exhibitions. Beginning in 2012, one of the coordinators of the seminar design, within the Petnica Science Center.
Currently is most dedicated to the project of socially engaged design, with the aim to improve social inclusion and life in families of children with disabilities.
Creative work of V.P is marked with craze for tessellations, origami mathematics, bionics, recycling, sustainable design, and personal attitude that every product of creation must have a clear and preferably FUN concept as well as a justified context of existence.http://www.fsu.edu.rs/en/eng/
At the beginning of her career she worked in the merger and acquisition department of Dundas & Ünlü Securities in Istanbul. After this job she was involved in risk analysis, research and regulatory compliance teams at Shell Trading and Shipping in London. After returning to Turkey, she worked as a financial analyst and procurement analyst in Shell Turkey.
In the second part of her career, she continued her duties in various institutions that supported the development of Turkey’s economy. First, she was the director of the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum of the Atlantic Council. She also prepared and presented the weekly ``Leaders and Decisions`` program on the political agenda at SKY Turk and CNBC-E channels. Later, she became the General Coordinator of a think tank called the Turkish Policy Forum. In addition to all of these, she was also the Founder and CEO of GLOW Communications and APCO Turkey. Prior to that, she created and executed a social responsibility project called the DRUM (Dialogue, Respect and Understanding through Music).
Later in her career, she examined different education models around the world and after 2 years of research she founded Turkey’s first and only technology college Tink, Technology and Humanity Colleges, in order to educate the next generation with digital literacy and entrepreneurship skills while maintaining the local cultural needs.
She holds a master's degree in Development Economics from SOAS University in London and a degree in Engineering and Middle East Research from Princeton University. She is also a board member at Turkish British Chamber of Commerce, Digit4Turkey and Endeavor which she is also a founding member.
Zeynep Tuğçe Çiftçibaşı Güç is a youth worker and trainer with experience in international education since 1999. She has since then concentrated on work in the field of European Union Education and Youth Programs, and has become a trainer at the European level. She was one of the people who lobbied for Erasmus Program and started to work as the Head of the International Relations Office at Akdeniz University during 2004 - 2013, where she coordinated the successful participation of the university in the European Union Education and Youth Program as the youngest Erasmus Coordinator in Turkey. Her work for the department received significant recognition from the European Commission for combining Youth and Erasmus program, which conferred the “Lifelong Learning ERASMUS Award in Bronze 2009 - Student Mobility” for excellence within the framework of the Erasmus Program. Nonetheless, she was the vice director of Euromed Youth Centre that was awarded the first “Quality Label of European Youth Centres” in 2012 by the Council of Europe. She has joined Abdullah Gül University in 2013 where she has been the director of a unique structure in Turkey “Youth Factory” dealing with youth work and institutional coordinator of Erasmus + Programme.http://www.agu.edu.tr/
Opening Speeches10:00 - 10:15
Prof. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, Rector, Abdullah Gül University
Claire De Braekeleer, Director Arts Wider Europe, British Council
Nurullah Yavaş, Yunus Emre Institute
Research Presentation: Creative Hubs10:15 - 11:15
Creative Hubs - Opportunities and Challenges for Intercultural Dialogue
We are very pleased to share the findings of this research report, which was commissioned by the British Council from the Creative Economy Team at Cardiff University as part of the Connect for Creativity project. This report is a first step to better understand the underlying concepts of how creative hubs create intercultural dialogue. The report aims to inspire readers to rethink the future roles of creative hubs and communities and start a new discussion on future directions.
Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, Cardiff University
Marlen Komorowski, Impact Analyst, Cardiff University
Stories from Creatives and Innovators11:30 - 12:00
In this session we showcase some of the creatives and innovators, who are developing new initiatives, business models and platforms at the intersection of creativity, technology and social impact.
Başak Saral, Business Development Consultant Network and Partnerships Lead, Viveka
Rachael Turner, Director, MadLab
Theo Anagnostopoulos, Science Communicator, Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow
Panel: Skills for the Future12:00 - 13:00
Panel: Skills for the Future
This session will explore why creativity and cross-cultural competency are among the 10 most important skills of the future? What is the role and contribution of higher education in creative economy? How can creative industries take an active role in the design and further development of future education? Brining together experts from the UK, Serbia, Greece and Turkey, the session will take stock of international discussions on future skills and higher education.
Rozina Spinnoy, Managing Director, Belgium Design Council
Nana Radenkovic, Co-founder, Educator, Mentor, Nova Iskra
Vasilis Avdikos, Panteion University, Economic and Regional Development Department
Burak Asiliskender, Head, Abdullah Gül University, Department of Architecture
Case Study: Ymlaen!14:30 - 15:30
Ymlaen! - a collaboration between Creative Cardiff, Rabble Studio and the Enterprise and Start-up team at Cardiff University
Sara Pepper and Dan Spain share some of the successful outcomes of Ymlaen! Ymlaen is an inspiring example of a collaboration between a creative hub, a university and an NGO in Cardiff that demonstrates how diverse partnerships a such can help explore and develop creative business ideas of the future.
Emre Erbirer, Events Lead and Project Manager, ATÖLYE
Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, Cardiff University
Dan Spain, Rabble Studio
Panel: Rethinking Educational Systems15:45 - 17:00
Panel: Rethinking Educational Systems for the Future of Work
The future of work is one of the most widely discussed topics around the world. Today’s economic, political and social challenges are changing the fundamentals of work and are having a profound impact - unemployment and underemployment especially among young people, income inequality, impact of automation and skills required for the future are just to name a few. It is crucial to understand and adapt the transition with the least possible transition. With education leaders from Turkey we will discuss and explore how can educational systems keep pace with the changing nature of work? What can they do to more to improve basic STEM skills while fostering creativity as well as critical thinking? How can public-academic-private partnerships can help address real life failures?
Prof İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, Rector, Abdullah Gül University
Zeynep Dereli, Founder and CEO, Tink
Ecmel Ayral, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Istanbul Bilgi University
Stories from Creatives and Innovators10:30 - 11:00
In this session we showcase some of the creatives and innovators, who are developing new initiatives, business models and platforms at the intersection of creativity, technology and social impact.
Sara Bengts, Founder, C TÄNK
Paolo Muntemorro, Director, Materahub
Vesna Pejović, Professor, Fakultet Savremenih Umetnosti
Workshops: ara studio11:00 - 13:00
ara studio - Future of learning for growing young creative leaders/change makers Future of learning for growing young creative leaders/change makers
Today’s ever changing creative ecosystem requires young talents who are equipped with new mindsets, skills, methods & tools to navigate within current environment and driving innovation utilising their creative potential. So it is clear that existing educational institutions and learning models are inadequate and new systems need to be designed. What are the methods we are currently experiencing while at the beginning of the transformation process? Each participant will bring their own perspective (academicians, creative entrepreneurs / professionals, students, decision makers etc.) and; we will be discovering future of learning under the question of “what are the emerging practices on learning spaces, processes & models to grow future’s creative leaders?” In this session, we will share our personal/professional experiences and learn from each other in a dialogue space.
Facilitators: Ayşesu Çelik, Ceylan Uşaki Eralı, ara studio
Workshops: New Work11:00 - 13:00
New Work Heroes: How to discover your career superpowers?
Future requires change and action. You only have one life - take the liberty to make the best of it. Understand yourself and unleash your true potential. Based on proven methods and tools, the two hour workshop is designed to help you start thinking about building your career path.
Facilitator: Jörn Hendrik Ast, Soloprenuer, New Work
Workshops: Collaboration as the Source of...11:00 - 13:00
Collaboration as the Source of Frustrations
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 workshop will demonstrate helpful tools for creating and leading process that involves a group of people who are on a common quest - to create a shared value, impactful projects and desirable products and services.
Facilitator: Nana Radenkovic
Abdullah Gül University, Sümer Campus
Barbaros, Abdullah Gül University, Erkilet Blv., Kocasinan/Kayseri, Turkey