New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
We have an exciting announcement to make! New Deal of the Mind has officially 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 ... (read more)
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.
“It’s built my confidence, and it’s nice to actually have a definite income. It’s good to have that financial security.”
“This is about giving young people a sense of hope and a sense that the skills that they developed at university will be put to use for the good of society.”
Rector of the University of the Arts
“My proudest moment was the backstage stuff, working at a hectic concert, making sure everything was running smoothly. Getting through alive!”
“Young people represent the future of the arts and creative industries, which is why we believe in putting them at the heart of our organisation.”
Creative Director of the South Bank Centre
“Working here gave me a great deal of creative freedom, and allowed me to develop as an artist. No two days were the same.”
“If the UK is to succeed ten years from now, the generation of people who will be creating the work are coming out of universities now. Without the right support they just won’t be available to us.”
Director General of the BBC
“It’s been a very positive thing for me. The six month placement here has got me so far already.”
“I do think this is quite a remarkable moment in history. I’m really very, very pleased and proud to be here.”
The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) is delighted to be part of Creative Access, a ground breaking partnership with leading firms in all of the major creative industries to provide candidates from under-represented black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds with access to internships and graduate career in FILM, ADVERTISING, PERFORMING, ARTS, PUBLISHING, JOURNALISM, TV and RADIO.
The scheme is being sponsored by the CEOs of many of the UK’s leaders in these fields and aims to offer more than 300 internships / graduate roles in 2012-13.
Creative Access recently held two launch events at Channel 4, providing young adults with:
Speakers included: Anne Bulford, COO of Channel 4, Natalie Jerome, Publishing Director at HarperCollins, Anne Mensah, Head of Drama at Sky, Sathnam Sanghera, Times journalist and author, Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels at ITV, Karin Gartzke, Business Development Director at The Ambassadors Theatre Group, Enyi Nwosu, Managing Director of Central Strategy Unit at M&C Saatchi, Saurabh Kakkar, Creative Director of Comedy at ITV.
If you have any questions about Creative Access please call: 0207 845 5830
3rd – 6th, 8th – 12th August. 18 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell
Opening Hours: From 12 on Wedensday 3rd. Otherwise 10am – 7pm Monday to Friday 11 – 4 Saturday
The HISTORY SHOP is a social experiment curated by The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) - a pop-up workshop in which everyone is invited to participate. Everyone has a story, and we want to hear yours. In return, we will record, digitise, and if you wish, share your stories online, preserving your memories for future generations. Whether you want to tell us about growing up in Deptford in the 60s or the Joy Division gig you’ll never forget, we’d love to hear from you. There’s a lot you can do at the History Shop. Explore the Programme below, and come on down.
StoryBooth in collaboration with StoryVault: Make Your Story into History
The StoryBooth is a collaboration with StoryVault. StoryVault is about preserving and sharing ordinary people’s stories. From memories of the Blitz, to what life was like on a Southwark estate in the 60s, StoryVault.com is a growing digital archive of the UK’s memories, on film. StoryVault benefits future generations, students of history, and participants alike. Now we want to hear your stories!
To get involved and have your story preserved forever, bring yourself, or a relative or friend who wants to tell their story, to the History Shop. With the help of our project staff you can record the memories important to you. Your story, recorded on film, will be archived permanently at StoryVault.com.
[At the Shop 3rd – 6th, 8th – 12th August. 10am – 1pm, 2pm - 6pm]
Time/Image Curious how Britain looked in 1942?
Time/Image works with digital film archives. The British Council is providing support for Time/Image whilst they are working on a project to digitise up to 100 films from the British Council’s archive held at the BFI. These films provide fascinating snapshots of the UK’s cultural, industrial and political heritage. Time/Image will be in the History Shop with film treats galore. Here’s what they’ve got going on:
Watch History: Screenings of British Council Archive films from the 1940s and contemporary re-edits at: 1pm, and 6pm.
Edit History – Edit your own archive mash-up out of sequences of archive footage in the public domain. Edit on Final Cut or iMovie with the help of Time/Image’s filmmakers.
Brit Vox-Pops – Time/Image will be asking people the question- What is Britain to you? Responses will be filmed, creating an instant snapshot of Britain today to be archived online. Have your say!
[At the Shop: 3rd – 6th, 8th – 12th August. 11am – 7pm] See timeimage.org.uk for further details.
One-off Time/Image events: Make History: London 2011 – the documentary created by you
Time/Image is setting you the challenge of making a film for them in 6 days. Inspired by the state of the nation piece, London 1942 (from the British Council’s film archive), Time/Image are asking you, the public, to take a camera phone, flip, or any kind of video device and film a moment in the day of your London life. Once you’ve captured what you want to say about life today, you send the results to Time/Image who will edit a film, London 11, from the clips.
Jeli Sound Archive Wish you could talk about music all day? Now you can.
Do you remember the first gig you went to like it was yesterday? Think you were at the festival where Brit Pop peaked? Is there a club, now luxury flats, that you can tell the inside story of? Got photos of gigs, or bands, venues and fans? Get down to the History Shop to get your memories on the record.
Jeli sound archive is a new project celebrating Britain’s popular music heritage through oral story telling. Jeli will map the UK’s interlocking music scenes as far back as the 1950s, through interviews from those who were there as well as recovered film, photos, promotional posters, gig tickets and other ephemera. The archive will be a national oral repository, accessible online at an ever-expanding site: jelisoundarchive.org.uk.
The jeli team will be at the History Shop running an open-house jeli workshop. Come in and tell us your music stories! Jeli will make an audio recording and archive this permanently on jelisoundarchive.org.uk.
[ At the Shop 3rd – 6th, 8th – 12th August. 10 – 1pm 2 – 6pm]
Photograhy Walks and Workshop, led by Peter Kyte.
[At the Shop 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th August 11AM and 2.30PM]
A fun summer jaunt, ideal for groups of mates or any budding photographer – the photography walks on offer compliment all of the historical storytelling going on in the shop with contemporary visual storytelling. Urban Signage and Buildings photography walks will be led by Peter Kyte. Starting at Meanwhile Exmouth Market the walks will take 2 hours to tour and explore the local area. Participants will have the option of taking part in a digital dark room session and being part of an exhibition.
For further details download the full photography walks programme.
To book please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Creative Society’s (formerly New Deal of the Mind) second Think Tank Clash once again brought the most incisive minds in British politics together to debate in front of a sell-out crowd. Based on the principle of a sound-system clash, TTC2 saw the Purcell Room reverberate to the sound of ResPublica v Demos on “revenge”, the Fabian Society v Policy Exchange on “equality”, and the IEA v ippr on “liberty”.
After a short burst of archive film showing the Southbank Centre of the 1951 Festival of Britain, courtesy of TIME/IMAGE, the three winners of the opening rounds took on each other over the biggest changes Britain has seen over the last 60 years. In the end a close vote called by the MC for the night John O’Farrell swept Nick Pearce and ippr to victory.
Read about the contest from the point of view of a speaker over at Next Left.
Our thanks to Edelman for hosting the launch of Make a Job, Don’t Take a Job at their London offices on Wednesday evening. Tom Bewick of Enterprise UK chaired the panel of report authors Martin Bright and Barbara Gunnell and young entrepreneurs Samata Angel and Terry Mardi.
A great range of questions and observations from a terrific audience and there’s no doubt that Samata and Terry stole the show with their inspirational attitude and stories about setting up in business. If the success of an event can be judged by the huddles of people talking to each other long after the bar has closed, then this was high up the rankings as the talking continued out of the bar and into Victoria St.
You can see video interviews with the speakers over at Edelman.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) organised a Think Tank Clash on February 9, 2010 for the Southbank Centre. The opening event of the Centre’s Election 10 series, it was hosted by Rory Bremner and based on the model of a sound-system clash where the leading minds of the UK’s think tanks compete to impress the audience with the power of their ideas. Policy Exchange, The Fabian Society, ResPublica, Progress, Demos, Royal Society for the Arts and Public Policy Research all signed up. Calling on star witnesses to support their arguments, topics included the environment, education, social policy, Europe, civil liberties and the economy, and were discussed in a series of tightly timed sessions.
Sunder Katwala has a good account of the event on his Next Left blog and Reform’s Dale Bassett covered it for Conservative Home. Jonathan Rowson, who spoke for the RSA on the night, points out that his organisation is not strictly speaking a think tank, but calls for more such events.
There was much talk in the green room after the event about taking the show on the road, so watch this space. Joe Dyke has a comprehensive report on Total Politics. And there’s an altogether more spiky version of events at Arbitrary Constant.
The event also allowed us to discover the delights of Winkball, a website which employs students (dressed in a canary-yellow uniform) to record mini-interviews at public events.
Over 20 arts organisations attended the New Deal of the Mind Future Jobs Fund seminar held on September 11, 2009 at the Southbank Centre in London. The seminar panel was chaired by New Deal of the Mind’s Managing Director Karen Freyer, and included New Deal of the Mind Founder and Chief Executive Martin Bright, Nicola Thorold representing the Arts Council, New Deal of the Mind’s Chairman Richard Greer, Natalie Bell of SE1 United and Amanda Davey of East London Dance.
The seminar succeeded in provoking discussion and developing ideas about how the £1bn Future Jobs Fund could help create jobs within the creative and cultural industries. Martin explained how the Fund works and the ways in which NDotM can act as a facilitator for those arts organisations who wish to make a bid.
Watch a video of the seminar here.