This Is It! Stockton-on-Tees
We are delighted to announce that our next This Is It! event is taking place on Monday 6 March in Stockton-on-Tees. In the heart of the North East of England, ARC Stockton Arts Centre will host an inspiring day for our Creativ... (read more)
THIS IS IT! was exactly what I needed. It left my mind whizzing with ideas. I don’t know what the future holds but I will keep working and keep climbing the ladder.”
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) 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.