Tuesday, 29 May 2012

CREATIVES: UK Creative Education Trust Interview

Emily Campbell, Director of Programs,
Creative Education Trust
" all children are creative! What we're doing is providing a rigorous conceptual and practical framework for that creativity ..." reports the Guardian Professional in an interview with Emily Campbell, Director of programs with the UK Creative Education Trust, previously with RSA and the British Council.

In the interview Emily Campbell states that, "The Creative Education Trust is a registered charity and social enterprise set up in 2010 with support from leaders in the creative industries, innovation-based businesses and education. Our mission is to improve standards of education and skills for children and young people across the UK, equipping them to be successful adults in the competitive, globalised world of the future."

She answers questions such as, "Design, engineering, architecture and manufacturing are not always seen as artistic disciplines – why do you think that is?"

Sunday, 27 May 2012

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: India is source of growing mobile applications developers

Business Standard India reports  that companies such as Research in Motion, Nokia and Microsoft increasingly look to India as a source for mobile phone applications developers. This niche market has low investment, and innovative ways to monetise it, making it popular.

Apps can range from simple, to tell its user when to water the plants, to more complex, giving users details on speakers and schedules at a conference.

“An app can be developed for as little as Rs 2,000. But the more complex and advanced apps can cost as much as Rs 50 lakh. Android is the most commonly used platform for app development,” continues the Business Standard.

What mobile apps are you familiar with that can apply to rural lifestyle and development?

CREATIVES: Kaya New World Music Festival brands Wales as "cool" place to visit

WalesOnline reports that  Kaya Music Festival  founder, Thabani Nyoni, feels "Kaya offers something different to the local and UK festival crowd by also promoting creative skills and job opportunities".

The goal is to attract people from "away" to help boost the local economy. A report by the Welsh Music Foundation looked at the now hugely successful Wales' Green Man Festival. In 2009, 77% came from outside Wales to attend that festival and generated  £8.0 million in local expenditures. In its first year the Kaya Festival has attracted more people that the Green Man Festival did in its first year in 2003.

Friday, 25 May 2012

This is my first post to Rural Creative. My intent is to post items where creative ideas and emerging technologies can affect rural life.

This is a resurrection of my earlier GooglePlus postings on the Creative Rural Economy and Emerging Technologies, especially as they can apply to rural life and rural communities.