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31 JANUARY 2016

The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

"By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.

These developments will transform the way we live, and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don't even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that the future workforce will need to align its skillset to keep pace.

A new Forum report, The Future of Jobs, looks at the employment, skills and workforce strategy for the future."

(Alex Gray, 19 January 2016, World Economic Forum)

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202021st Century skills • advanced materials • advanced robotics • artificial intelligence • autonomous transport • biotechnologycareer futurescognitive abilitiescognitive flexibilitycomplex problem-solving • coordinating with others • creativity skillscritical skillscritical thinkingdecision-making capabilitiesdisruptive innovationeconomic change • emotional intelligence • employment opportunitiesexponentially advancing technologiesflexibility and innovation • fourth industrial revolution • future careerfuture casting • future of jobs • future-proof • genomicsgrowth needsincreasingly complex opportunitiesindustrial revolutionjobsmachine learningnegotiation • people management • predicting the futureproblem-solvingreportroboticsservice design • service orientation • skilled workforceskills for the futuresound judgmentsustaining innovationstransformational innovation • World Economic Forum

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Simon Perkins
27 APRIL 2013

A Manifesto for the UK Creative Economy

"The UK's creative economy is one of its great national strengths, historically deeply rooted and accounting for around one–tenth of the whole economy. It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction – and in recent years, this creative workforce has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole.

But behind this success lies much disruption and business uncertainty, associated with digital technologies. Previously profitable business models have been swept away, young companies from outside the UK have dominated new internet markets, and some UK creative businesses have struggled to compete.

UK policymakers too have failed to keep pace with developments in North America and parts of Asia. But it is not too late to refresh tired policies. This manifesto sets out our 10–point plan to bolster one of the UK's fastest growing sectors."

(Hasan Bakhshi, Ian Hargreaves and Juan Mateos–Garcia, April 2013, NESTA)

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2013 • advanced manufacturing • Asiabusiness models • business uncertainty • constructioncreative businessescreative economycreative industriescreative services innovation • creative workforce • digital technologiesdisruptive innovationeconomic growthentrepreneurshipfinancial services • Hasan Bakhshi • hi-tech start-up • Ian Hargreaves • innovation in the UKjobs • Juan Mateos-Garcia • knowledge-based economymanifestomentoringmentoring schemeNESTA • new business • new internet markets • North Americaopen innovationpolicy makerspublic services • Rachel Grant • social innovationtechnology innovationUKUK innovationventure capitalworkforce • young companies

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Simon Perkins
22 NOVEMBER 2012

The creative industries provided twice as many UK jobs as financial services

"This Monday, [Andrew] Marr hosted a special edition of Start the Week on BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the RCA's 175th anniversary with guests including former RCA rector and Arts Council chair Sir Christopher Frayling.

In the show, Frayling pointed out that the creative industries provided twice as many UK jobs as financial services, but that this contribution went unnoticed.

'What I never understand is, there are so many column inches about financial services all the time,' Frayling told Marr. 'Financial services contributes about 1% more than the creative industries, which employ two million people whereas financial services employ one million people. So in terms of contribution to the economy generally, the creative industries actually have it over financial services in almost every way. And how many column inches about it? Very little. So there's this huge impact but people don't seem to be noticing.'

In his article, Marr argues that because the economic value of art schools is difficult to measure, politicians fail to appreciate their importance to the economy.

'And there's where I think the trouble lies,' Marr concludes. 'To invest in art and design means putting public money into areas whose value cannot be captured on a spreadsheet, where concepts like productivity, value–for–money, inputs and outputs–which so reassure the political world–simply collapse. That means faith. It means risk.

'But, without it, hard times surely stretch out rather bleakly. Other countries understand this, including China where more than a thousand art and design colleges are operating and whose students greatly benefit from colleges here too."

(Dezeen, 21 November 2012)

Fig.1 Jim Rokos "22° 36° 48°", fruit bowl [http://rokos.co.uk/].

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175th anniversary2012Andrew Marrart and designart schoolsArts Council (UK)BBC Radio 4Christopher Frayling • creative contribution • creative economycreative industries • difficult to measure • economic valuefinancial servicesimpact on the economy • importance to the economy • inputs and outputs • invest in art and design • jobsPeoples Republic of China • political world • productivitypublic moneyRCA • reassurance • riskRoyal College of ArtStart the WeekUKvalue and benefitvalue for money

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2012

Creative Contexts: work placements

"This site is part of the Higher Education Academy supported Creative Contexts: Work placements, peer learning and professional practice in the creative industries Teaching Development project.

The Creative Contexts website hosts short videos exploring work placements in the media creative industries, and foregrounds student stories and questions. Contributions from students of 3 minutes videos sit alongside employer perspectives and advice from educators.

Themes covered include: Identifying and securing work placements; insights into working with others; activities undertaken; how work placement experiences connect together; challenges encountered and response; and feelings and experiences of 'fitting in'."

(Daniel Ashton)

Fig.1 "Creative Contexts poster".

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2012 • 3 minutes videos • advice • advice from educators • Bath Spa University • careerchallengescreative contexts • Creative Contexts website • creative industries • Daniel Ashton • design business • discussion materials • employer perspectives • employment • fitting in • gaining employmentHigher Education Academy • how work placement experiences connect together • industry realitiesjobs • media creative industries • online resourcepeer learningprofessional practice • securing work placements • short videos • student storiesstudents • teaching development • transition into post-graduate employmentUKvideoswebsitework placement • work placement resources • work placements • working with others • world of work

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Simon Perkins
25 MARCH 2012

Business incubator: newSplash Communication Design Studio

"The newSplash studio bridges the gap between design education and the workforce by employing students and graduate designers from the Otago Polytechnic in our real–life studio. Then we connect them with you!"

(Otago Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand)

Fig.1 Video showing samples of the film work created by newSplash Communication Design Studio, which is located at Otago Polytechnic.

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Aotearoa New Zealandbrokerbrokeragebusiness incubatorcareercommercialisationcommissioningcreative industriesdesign businessdesign educationdesign studioDunedin • employing • employment agentemployment broker • facilitator • freelancegaining employmentgraduate bridgegraduate designers • graduate entrepreneur • incubator • incubator for graduate entrepreneurs • industry realitiesjob opportunitiesjobsnetworking • newSplash Communication Design Studio • newSplash Studio • on commission • Otago Polytechnic • outsourcepost-graduate employmentpost-graduate schemeproject bidreal-life studioSouth Islandstudents • transactions • transition into and through universitytransition into post-graduate employmentwork placementworkforce

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Simon Perkins
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