bloc // July 13, 2005

Quiet Revolution: Technology, Regeneration and Social Enterprise ⁄⁄

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2006
Time: 5 to 7.30pm
Venue:Beaufort Theatre
Partner: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council | http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Partner: Welsh Development Agency | http://www.wda.co.uk

This seminar will examine the ways in which the economics of regeneration interact with, and benefit from, online technologies and other digital media. The event will look at open source as a reducer in the barrier to enterprise; the benefits of collaborative software for the regeneration agenda and the potential of the market for creative technology practitioners in a regeneration economy.

Outline:

This seminar will examine the ways in which the economics of regeneration interact with, and benefit from, online technologies and other digital media.

Regeneration areas often attract high levels of public funding, an accompanying agency culture and more recently, a growth in social enterprise. Whilst the regeneration agencies’ focus is on revitalising economies and communities, this agenda is often accompanied by an increased need for the services of creatives (artists, web designers, film makers and others). Elsewhere technology has been utilised to share beneficial knowledge and ideas on a global and local scale.

The seminar will profile examples of good practice in enterprises which have a social outcome and which make use of digital technologies; ways in which online networks and social software can create economic and social benefits for regeneration areas; examine whether open source software can reduce the barriers to enterprise and ask whether there are other applications of technology to the regeneration agenda.

This seminar is part of a series of events programmed in Blaenau Gwent County by Southern Bloc for the Creative Technology sector.

Contributors:

Shannon Robinson | Chief Executive Officer, Community Enterprise Wales
http://www.communityenterprisewales.com/
Andrew Chainey | Director, Tantrwm
http://www.tantrwm.co.uk/
Mike Malloch and Alan Harris | KnowNet
http://www.knownet.com
Nick Temple | Network Development Manager, School for Social Entrepreneurs and Coordinator of the Global Ideas Bank
http://www.sse.org.uk

Sponsors:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

The Southern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Area: southern bloc