Programme

Emerging Futures
14 September, 12 – 7.00pm
The People’s History Museum, Manchester

12.00

REGISTRATION & a light lunch (served from 11.45 for early-birds)

12.30

WELCOME 

Dr Maria Balshaw, CBE, Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme will open the day with a brief introduction to the work of the Clore Leadership Programme and the partnership with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation on leadership development for emerging and aspiring Leaders.

Feimatta Conteh of FutureEverything will introduce the Emerging Futures programme and help you to navigate your way through the conference sessions and online interaction.

12.55

BIG IDEAS TALK: KEYNOTE – Dr Maria Balshaw CBE – Director, Tate

FAST FORWARD: LEADERSHIP IN CHANGING TIMES

Dr Maria Balshaw will reflect on her hopes and ambitions for the leadership of cultural spaces: As the world around us continues to change rapidly, what are the responsibilities of cultural leaders to artists and audiences in an increasingly expanding and diverse global arts scene? How should museums function as artistic and civic spaces in the 21st century?

1.30

BIG IDEAS TALK: Nikesh Shukla – Writer & Co-Founder of The Good Journal & The Good Literary Agency

INCLUSION IS HARD AND OTHER MYTHS

One of the biggest challenges that creative and cultural organisations struggle with is how and where to find talent pools of diverse leaders, employees and artists.  How can we change the perception that inclusion is hard work? What are some of the misconceptions and barriers towards achieving cultural democracy? How can future leaders influence change? Nikesh Shukla will draw upon his experiences to share just how easy it is to become an inclusive organisation and how to find and nurture talent.

1.45

LEADERSHIP HACK:  Sarah Cartwright – Executive Coach and Trainer

BRAVE CONVERSATIONS: THE KEY TO RESILIENCE

Are there certain contexts in which you wish you behaved more assertively? An important part of resilience is having the courage to stand up for ourselves. However, many of us struggle with self-doubt, lack courage in tackling honest conversations and all too often default to long and over-edited emails instead of speaking to someone face to face. This Leadership Hack will provide tools and techniques that will help you build the strength and confidence you need to stand up for yourself and speak out.

IN CONVERSATION with Dr Maria Balshaw

This hosted ‘follow the leader’ session is an intimate and insightful open discussion to ask the speaker about their career and to explore important issues raised in their talk.

Attendee sign up (up to 30) Post-talk Q&A

2.00

10 min comfort break 

2.10

BIG IDEAS TALK:  Ruth Daniel – Co-Director, In Place of War

THE ART OF MAKING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

Ruth Daniel, award-winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur, supports people in conflict zones by making radical change at a grass roots level. In this talk she will share the challenges and rewards of her international work, and the stories of Vijay Kumar and Benny Muding; inspirational change-makers from India and Uganda who are fighting the destruction of their communities and expanding their life chances through art, social movements and a hip-hop agri-business.

2.25

LEADERSHIP HACK: Tom Wilcox – Senior Partner, Counterculture

CONCEPTUAL CONTINUITY

“It all relates in some weird way back to the focal point of what’s going on” Frank Zappa.

Everything an arts organisation does affects its brand; how it is differentiated from competitors. Resisting the forceful pull towards the generic is a challenge which cultural leaders must overcome to succeed and for their endeavours to have real meaning. The auteur’s touch should permeate all areas of the business from the artistic programme to who makes up its staff and the entire customer experience: it all matters.

IN CONVERSATION with Nikesh Shukla

This hosted ‘follow the leader’ session is an intimate and insightful open discussion to ask the speaker about their career and to explore important issues raised in their talk.

Attendee sign up (up to 30) Post-talk Q&A

2.45

BIG IDEAS TALK: Fiona Morris – Director, The Space

DOING DIGITAL?

Even now, when hosting your own YouTube channel can make you millionaire, and when one careless tweet can change the course of a person’s life, many people in the arts are still uncertain what the word digital means for the sector.  How do we become self-reliant in digital; not just as a promotional add-on, but putting it at the heart of what we create and how we engage audiences?

3.00

LIGHTING TALKS

Euella Jackson – Co-leader, Rising Arts Agency
YOUNG, GIFTED & INNOVATIVE

What could young people as decision-makers look like in your organisation? Euella Jackson challenges you to throw out the rulebook and embrace the possibilities and potential that young talent and ambition can bring.

Jennie Cashman Wilson – Founder & CEO, Abram Wilson Foundation
3 LESSONS I’VE LEARNT FROM TAKING THE BIG LEAP

In 2015, Jennie Cashman Wilson was forced to suffer the humiliation of being fired in order to take the leap and focus on her foundation full-time. Three years on, she’s sharing these lessons: 1) Time doesn’t exist; 2) Money doesn’t exist; and 3) The Future doesn’t exist.

IN CONVERSATION with Ruth Daniel

This hosted ‘follow the leader’ session is an intimate and insightful open discussion to ask the speaker about their career and to explore important issues raised in their talk.

Attendee sign up (up to 30) Post-talk Q&A

3.15

AFTERNOON TEA, Coffee, Cakes & Conversation

WORKING TEA BREAK with Sarah Cartwright & Tom Wilcox

This hosted ‘follow the leader’ session is an intimate and insightful open discussion with our ‘Leadership Hack’ speakers to explore important issues raised in their talks and to ask your leadership-related questions.

Attendee sign up (up to 30) Post-talk Q&A, with Afternoon Tea.

3.50

BIG IDEAS TALK: KEYNOTE – Ibrahim Mahama, Visual Artist

FARMER, LAND AND SEED: RELATIVES OF INSPIRATION

Ibrahim Mahama’s immersive installations draw attention to Ghana’s historic economic exploitation and the global transportation of goods across borders. In this talk he will share his ongoing inquiry into the evolution of objects and materials from one context to another, the impact of his international success, and how his training at the College of Art (KNUST) in Kumasi inspired him to self-fund studios/spaces for Ghanaian artist’s critical artistic exploration and practice.

4.30

THE BIG DEBATE – LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION

Cultural Innovation is linked to artistic experimentation and technological advances, but what about business models, organisational culture and behaviour? In a world crying out for social justice and ecological care, how can cultural and creative leaders harness the enormous progressive potential that innovation holds?

Q&A via live Sli.do polls & Twitter

SPEAKERS

John McGrath – Artistic Director & CEO, Manchester International Festival (Chair)

Dr Cecilia Wee – Head of Artist Development, ArtsAdmin

Clare Reddington – Creative Director & CEO, Watershed

Javaad Alipoor – Writer, Theatre-Maker and Director

Viktoria Modesta – Bionic Artist, MIT Lab Fellow

THE SPACE SESSION – Doing Digital

Practical insights and real examples from digital projects like the Empathy Museum’s A Mile In My Shoes and Emma Frankland’s exploration of gender transition, Rituals for Change.

Join The Space team for lightning talks with Q&A:
Joe Bell on sustainable, strategic ways of developing an online following, Helen Spencer discusses capturing work digitally, Sarah Toplis on innovative experiences people engage with, and Sarah Fortescue shares her take on digital distribution.

5.25

10 min comfort break

5.35

NETWORKING & COMMUNITY BUILDING:  James Edleston – Learning and experience designer

EMERGING FUTURES is the place to meet new collaborators and get conversations started. Using our innovative networking format, you’ll have an opportunity to exchange information and ideas with other aspiring and emerging leaders from the creative and cultural sectors.

THE SPACE SESSION – Ambitions & Advice

Join the Space team in small, more intimate groups where we’ll extend the conversation. Find answers to your burning questions, get practical feedback and advice on projects, and gather ideas to support your digital ambitions.

6.35

WRAP-UP

Feimatta Conteh and her team of FutureEverything social media rapporteurs will aggregate, analyse and share the key trends, themes and takeaways from the event.

6:45

BIG IDEAS TALK: CLOSING REMARKS –  Hilary Carty, Director, Clore Leadership Programme

MAKING BIG IDEAS HAPPEN & THE FUTURE OF WORK

Hilary Carty will reflect on some of the key issues, observations and themes from the day and consider what success might mean in the context of maintaining a core purpose and cultivating resilience through work-life dynamics, inter-generational relationships and peer to peer exchange.

7:00

CLOSE.

Javaad Alipoor

Viktoria Modesta

Speakers

Hear from leaders in their field about how they combine innovation and technology with social impact. Confirmed speakers include Viktoria Modesta, Dr Maria Balshaw and Nikesh Shukla…

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Anisa Haghdadi

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE

Feimatta Conteh

Nikesh Shukla

Hilary S. Carty MBA CCMI