DCAF – WTF?

DCAF Handbook ImageFor much of the Noughties I was a Business Adviser – specialising in creative businesses and digital business.  This was a fascinating and inspiring period during which I worked with a large number of startups and small businesses; managed a team of specialist advisers in London and was involved in recruiting and establishing a team in Liverpool.  I presented occasionally at conferences – especially on digital business matters – and occasionally got ‘hands-on’ with the development of online platforms and web presences.  Most of the time, however, I and my colleagues spent with a fascinating mix of incredibly inspiring fledgling (and established) creative entrepreneurs.

So why I am telling you this?  Quite simply, to set the scene and to highlight one of the themes we encountered a lot during this period.  Young creatives, often recent graduates of Higher Education Art and Design Establishments, would be very eager to access the advice and support on offer whilst often bemoaning the lack of ‘enterprise’ advice / expertise available to them at university.

In the intervening years this has improved substantially in breadth and depth, with opportunities such as ‘live projects’ and ‘placements’ embedded within many courses.  At University of the Arts London (UAL) the ‘Creative Attributes Framework’ (CAF) identifies a number ‘attributes’.  These, according to research, are attributes (behaviours and skills), which are essential (or at least extremely advantageous) to creative practitioners throughout their careers.  The ‘CAF’ is used by course teams when planning courses and learning activities – truly embedding ‘enterprise’ skills at the heart of the curriculum.

So, onto the ‘DCAF’ of my acronym-tastic title.  “Digital Creative Attributes Framework – What (are) The Facts?”  The ‘DCAF’ is essentially a variant of the ‘CAF’ and takes as its starting point the same nine attributes.

These nine attributes fall within three families:

  • Making Things Happen
  • Showcasing Abilities
  • Navigating Change

The ‘practices’ explored within the DCAF relate to Digital behaviours and skills – and avoid falling into the trap of being prescriptive (the ‘scenarios’ column is left deliberately blank for those engaging with the DCAF to make it relevant for their own projects and practices).

There is a splendid blog dedicated to the DCAF which you can access at https://dcaf.myblog.arts.ac.uk

The superbly designed accompanying booklet was designed by Conor Rigby, whose abilities are showcased at http://conorrigby.com.

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UAL Learning and Teaching Day 2015

UAL Learning and Teaching Day 2015I’m looking forward to taking part in UAL’s Learning and Teaching Day at LCC on 14th January 2015. This year not just attending, enjoying and being inspired by the sessions on the day, I will also be co-presenting a session with Cara Lee Roth – Evaluating Student Experience in Industry Projects.

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Improving your Prospects through Online Profiles

Improving your prospects through online profilesOn the 15th November at LCC I had the pleasure of taking part in a SEE Event held as part of Enterprise Week entitled ‘Improving your prospects through online profiles’.

This brought together 6 speakers and a lively audience comprising mainly UAL students and alumni to debate and explore ways in which online profiles can be beneficial – as well as reviewing the potential pitfalls and how to avoid and recover from them. The slides for my presentation are @ http://goo.gl/oLmrv

This was an extremely interesting and enjoyable event which explored a wide variety of themes related to online profiles, digital identity and digital life – for more information have a look @: http://goo.gl/rlYrR

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