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12 OCTOBER 2013

The Designers Accord 2007-2012

"The Designers Accord was created in 2007 as a five–year project to mainstream sustainability in the global creative community. Formed as a distributed knowledge network of design firms, universities, and business leaders, the Designers Accord has helped advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community.

The next phase of the Designers Accord will shift from community building to carrying out selective projects. The transition to project–based interventions reflects the current needs of our community, marketplace, and culture in engaging richly in the topic of sustainability."

Fig.1 infographic of the Designers Accord activities and progress from 2007–2012.



2007community buildingcreative communitydesign responsibility • Designers Accord • distributed knowledge network • ethical practices • global creative community • infographics • mainstream sustainability • project • project-based interventions • sustainability • sustainability principles • sustainability thinkingsustainable design • sustainable design standards • sustainable products


Simon Perkins
07 FEBRUARY 2012

Kickstarter: funding platform for creative projects

"Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding.On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren't expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you.Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They're inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse. We hope you agree... Welcome to Kickstarter!"

(Kickstarter, Inc.)



Simon Perkins
27 MAY 2011

Nottingham Creative Network: providing professional and business support for Nottingham's creative industries since 2006

"Nottingham Creative Network launched in October 2006 and is a project designed to provide smart–targeted professional and business support for Nottingham's creative industries. ...

Our 6 themes are as follows:

––Selling Your Soul?–What are the tensions between pursuing your creative inspiration and making compromises to make your business work? Are there any? If so, how do you negotiate them?

––How to Make Friends and Influence People–The importance of networks and network development. How do you get good at networking and why?

––Who Do I Get Into Bed With–Having recognised the value of networks and collaborations for creative business, how do you use these relationship to their best advantage?

––Don't Get Ripped Off–What do you need to know and do protect yourself and get paid properly?

––More Than Just Beer Money?–What are the opportunities, issues and added pressures associated with going from creative business as a 'lifestyle' choice, to growing your business into something bigger?

––Soul Food–How do you 'refresh' the creativity bit of your business to prevent stagnation?

Nottingham Creative Network aims to address all these issues in a way that connects tangible advice for business growth and development with discussions of these issues that are relevant for the specific of the creative industries. We realise that sometimes the creative industries operate in quite distinctive ways. We come from the creative industries ourselves. We will be holding regular expert seminars and workshops, offering 1–to–1 surgeries and responding to the needs of the creative community in other flexible ways when opportunities arise."

(Nottingham Creative Network)


2006 • Broadway Cinema and Media Centre • businessbusiness advice • business dating agency • business developmentbusiness growth • business link • business relationships • business support • business workshops • career stagnation • city councilcollaborationcreative business • creative collaborations • creative communitycreative industriescreative inspirationcreative networkscreative people • creative scouts • creativityenterprise • enterprise surgeries • expert seminars • expert workshops • freelancegetting connectedgovernment agencies • growing your business • guest speakers • industry contacts • innovationinnovation seminarslocal creative producers • making business connections • making your business work • NCNnetworkingnetworking events • networks and collaborations for creative business • networks and network development • NottinghamNottingham Creative NetworkNottingham Trent Universityprofessional supportprojectregional developmentSchool of Art and Design • School of Arts and Humanities and the Business • SMEsole trader • structured discussion • support agencies


Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2010

UKFunders: online database of sources of funding and finance

"UKFunders is an online database of sources of funding and finance for businesses and commercialisation projects. It incorporates almost a thousand sources of funding from both public and private sector [UK] funders and covers grants, equity investment and loans from £100 – £10m."

(UKFunders Ltd.)



businesscommercialisation projectsdatabaseenterprise • equity investment • financefundfundingfunding sources • grants • loan • new business opportunitiesnew venturesprivate sectorprojectpublic sectorUK • UKFunders


Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2010

LeNS: The Learning Network on Sustainability

"Asian–European multi–polar network for curricula development on Design for Sustainability focused on product–service system innovation.

LeNs is a 3 years project (15/12/2007 – 15/12/2010) funded by the Asia Link Programme, EuropAid, European Commission, involving 7 design schools in Europe and Asia.

LeNS aims at contributing to human resources and curriculum development, in a reciprocal understanding of cultures, by promoting a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to a transition towards a sustainable society.

LeNS ambitions to promote a new shared disciplinary ground on Design for Sustainability trough a series of exchange activities among the partner institutions. LeNS consortium will jointly produce an open e–learning package (a modular and adaptable package for curriculum development with teaching materials and tools for design educators and guidelines for courses design and implementation In diverse contexts). It will also promote a series of diffusion activities targeting the design community worldwide."

(The Learning Network on Sustainability)



20072010Asia • Asia Link Programme • Asian-European • course designcultures • curricula development • curriculumcurriculum developmentdesign communitydesign educators • Design for Sustainability • designers • EuropAid • EuropeEuropean Commissionguidelineshuman resourcesinnovation • Learning Network on Sustainability • LeNS (research project) • open e-learning package • pedagogy • product-service system • projectsustainabilitysustainable societyteaching materials


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