New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
Since founder and CEO Martin Bright wrote the article that kick-started our work, the concept of a New Deal of the Mind has provided a mutually rewarding service in which creative organisations and businesses have directly benefitted from the creation of over 1000 sustainable jobs for young people.
As our work has evolved however, we’ve had to evolve with it, and now need a new way to better reflect the positive outcomes that we as New Deal of the Mind have helped to shape.
We are therefore evolving our brand to become known as The Creative Society with a mission to build and support the creative economy.
Look out for changes across our social media sites – coming very soon.
Cross-party political interest in New Deal of the Mind has accelerated since the election says Martin Bright, CEO of New Deal of the Mind.
Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper to one of our training sessions for the young people we have put into jobs at Notting Hill Carnival. Ms Cooper was keen to talk to young people about their experiences of the Future Jobs Fund. We at NDotM have had our criticisms of the scheme (brought in last year by the Labour government as a response to the recession and abolished by the incoming coalition). But one thing that all the young people we talk to raise with us is that the scheme has helped break down the culture of free internships that deny access to the creative sector for so many young people. Increasingly, job applicants need experience even to get an (more…)
Vince Cable wants to introduce a “variable graduate tax” as the primary means of funding university education but what impact would that have on creative arts graduates whose lifelong earnings are notoriously low, often lower than those without degree-level qualifications? Guest blogger Kit Friend, former campaigns officer of the University of the Arts London Student Union and chair of culture for the Conservative Party’s centre-right Bow Group believes it is the fairest means of HE funding. (more…)
NDotM was at the seminar on freelancing organised by the PCG (Professional Contractors Group). Fascinating research from Australia on the happiness ratings of people who work for themselves – far higher than people who are employees. Also interesting input from European colleagues on different models encouraging freelancing while providing social and welfare support. Consensus was that self employed and freelance entrepreneurs are vital to economic recovery but the need for business and financial advice, mentoring on social and networking skills badly needed.
Much discussion about how to actively encourage a “feel the fear and freelance anyway” attitude and the vast differences between people who go freelance after a career as an employee and young people who know from the start they want to work for themselves… particularly artists and creative types which reinforced NDotM’s Creative Survival report earlier this year. FSB to announce their campaign for recognition of self employment soon.
A valuable exchange of experience, opinions and research.
Our thanks to Jenna Jovi who not only did a great job filming, producing and editing the piece, but also turned it around very quickly.
As I write, the World Cup is in its final stages, with the England team who slunk back home to see the remaining flags of St George flutter forlornly — tattered remnants of dashed hopes and broken dreams. Everyone seems to agree on the need to invest in home grown talent if England is to have any chance of ever being in serious contention for the World Cup and investment is not purely financial; it’s about practical support and encouragement. The suits that run the FA, and indeed the England squad, would do well to sit in on one of the training courses we’re running with an inspirational outfit which, rather ironically, is called GOALS whose remit is to encourage personal and social responsibility, self motivation and enthusiasm. GOALS are currently working with the scores of young people who’ve just started their job placements with the Notting Hill Mas Band Association. This was is what our chairman, Richard Greer, blogged after watching a training session. (more…)