I am passing over the mantle – #jellylincoln

After two years, I’m passing over the mantle of running #jellylincoln to Chris Heighton from Lincoln University. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using Coffee Aroma as a great independent coffee shop and base for Jelly and for meeting with lots of great people and businesses. So thank you. It has been fun.

Jelly Lincoln continues … Thursday 24th October from 10am-2pm. More details ….





Join us for – co-working – collaboration – creativity – chat & coffee at Jelly Lincoln

#JellyLincoln is an opportunity for University staff, students and Lincoln-based businesses and organisations to meet informally, exchange help, advice and ideas but also to explore new projects, partnerships and collaborations. The idea behind Jelly is that you bring your work to the event, so if your working on research, strategy, essays, external projects, funding applications, course modules – bring your laptop, books and your work with you!
 Jelly Lincoln has been running in the city since 2011, but this is the first ever event on campus, so join us on 24th October in the Café area of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre anytime from 10.00am – 2.00pmThe idea is to hold a Jelly event once a month on either a Thursday or Friday at different locations across the University Brayford Campus.  Jelly UK is a nationwide network and you can find further information at the following link - http://www.uk-jelly.org.uk/  

No need to book, just turn up on the day between 10.00am and 2.00pm on 24th October 

(Free Tea and Coffee and possibly Cake too!) 
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Quick roundup from #Gallerycamp2013


With over 770 tweets/hits on the day itself, #Gallerycamp13 was a huge success and very positively received by all who attended.

Here’s an initial roundup of some of the content both on the day and post-event.

Content from the day
I have put together a Storify roundup of the twitter coverage on the day. There’s a huge amount of content from the day to go through and review.

If any of you haven’t shared your photos/images from the day yet, please can you do so via twitter, flickr, instagram etc, using the #gallerycamp13 hashtag or even email them to me tim@creative-knowledge.com.

Review/blog pieces from others
Roundup from Simon Gray of his thoughts from the day.
Lorna Prescott has written a blog on #gallerycamp13 – galleries, introverts and conversations here.
A few Google doc bits and bobs from James Cattell including sum up tweets from a couple of sessions he facilitated here and a write up of the sessions on the pitching wall here.

If you’ve blogged or written something on #gallerycamp13 – please do send me a link or share accordingly!

Here are some my images from the day …. 


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Is there a lack of courtesy from employers?

Would you want to work for any organisation that publicly says it doesn’t want to communicate with you?


I’m sure that this is not lost on the many of you who apply for work/tenders/jobs but how many job/person/application specs contain a line along roughly announcing, “if you do not hear from us, then you can assume that your application has not been successful?!”.

For me, this shows a basic lack of courtesy!

I can go through the process of applying for something, showing and demonstrating all the enthusiasm and relevant knowledge for wanting to work with or for an business, but that is very quickly eroded just from the few missteps in communication that the aforesaid business takes.

What’s arguably worse is any organisation who even fails to acknowledge your correspondence! A previous colleague at a former public sector funded organisation always (and rightly) said that, at worse, a client/customer email should be at least acknowledged within 24 hours and then dealt with as quickly as possible. This should be no different in the jobs/employment marketplace.

Just as a bad a faux pas, is an organisation who tells you precise dates of when they will be deciding who should be called for interview, as well as the actual date(s) when interviews are scheduled to take places, then for all those days to pass with no correspondence on the change of dates.

Equally, I’m not particularly sympathetic with the additional line, “due to the sheer number of applications we have received etc, etc” if they’re then late in acknowledging something they could clearly see coming ahead of the application deadline.

So, I am writing this blog piece having had a whole flurry of poor correspondence from various businesses and organisations.

The bottom line is I don’t think I want to work with any organisation who doesn’t communicate – what does that say to you about their own work culture if they can’t get some basic recruitment fundamentals in check!

A few tips. As an applicant, you should never have to chase but you should always request a receipt of application when you send one in.

As an employer, please plan the employment process and communicate accordingly. It is just very wrong to not have the common courtesy to acknowledge every applicant (and in good time) whether it letting them know if they have been successful or unsuccessful (no matter how many applications you receive), or that you are having to change dates or times for interview.

What do you think? Let me know on twitter @timmy666.

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Links Roundup, 23rd July 2013

Here’s a roundup of things that have caught my eye of the past few weeks:

Things to read

Benefits of Green Spaces in London

The great folk at BOP have published a report for the City of London Corporation looking at environmental, health, social and economic benefits Londoners enjoy from the city’s parks and gardens.

Creative education: is now the time for realism or optimism?

An article by Simon Ofield-Kerr in the Guardian which in context of the current world, makes a rallying cry that “more than ever, we need creative optimists and risk-takers”, and that the Creative and Cultural sector is a fruitful place to find these folks!

How to have ideas at your desk!

Feeling brave! Follow some of the tips in this article and see how it unlocks your creativity! Whether a refresher or an eye-opener, James Allen‘s most useful article has hastened me to consider how I find my ideas.


Crafty Skills workshops: if you’re in Birmingham and the surrounding area, take advantage of these small business workshops covering a raft of business areas. The more you sign up to, the more offers you receive.

Blogging Bootcamp – run by Dave Briggs, boss man and colleague at Kind of Digital, this six lesson course promises a full-on introduction to blogging, crammed full of useful tips, anecdotes and tools. Great for those who are fairly confident using a computer but looking to get going on what blogging is about. All for £100 + VAT.

Useful Digital Stuff

Works.io: yes, what the world needs is another online curation tool, but this one has been built with the visual artist, photographer and designer maker in mind. Works.io allows fine artists to document, organize, and show their works online. Curation tools: easy upload, organise artworks, keep CVs up to date.

Streak – for gmail users amongst you, here’s an uber effective and simple CRM system that operates within your inbox. Very cool stuff.

Remove Image Backgrounds – Clipping Magic allows you to easily remove the background from your photos to create masks, cutouts, or clipping paths, all done instantly online.

Brand Yourself – this looks really useful. Not tried it fully yet, but Brand Yourself promises to enable “you to control what people find when they Google your name.” Something which gets your personal brand up those and the mystifying world of Google Algorithms sounds like a good thing …. eh!

Invoice-o-matic: This useful tool comes courtesy of the folk at FreeAgent and a few of my customers have already felt the full force of this one. If your invoicing and payment needs are straightforward enough, this link allows to create quick and simple invoices, send them to your customer and get a PDF for both parties. Cleverly it also prompts you to chase if you’re coming up to that 30 day non-payment threshold.

Get free images with Pixabay: if browsing through Flickr or the equivalent is proving difficult for the images you require, be sure also to pay pixabay a visit. Useful for a quick image or two for your blog or your new product pages on your website.

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Makey Makey – an essential tool for innovators

During the recent Birmingham Made Me Design Expo at Millennium Point, I attended a session where we made things using the Makey Makey as part of BMM’s DO Programme.

I love this piece of kit.

It is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into input devices. I think that’s its charm. Its connection to everyday objects not only makes the innovation process simple, it enables you to think in the most creative and imaginative ways.

MaKey MaKey – An Invention Kit for Everyone from jay silver on Vimeo.

How it works is really simple! Using an alligator clip, connect two objects, for example a pen and paper to the Space area on your MaKey MaKey. When the pen touches the paper, you are making a connection, completing the circuit and this sends your computer a signal that the space bar has been pressed. Because your computer thinks its a genuine keyboard press, you can use it with any program.

Basically, whether you an artist, educator, hacker, designer, inventor or just a big kid at heart, this piece of kit is designed for everyone.

The Makey Makey should be made an essential piece of kit for anyone considering the options for new ideas and fun.

As for the event we attended, in our session, we were given 6 main ideas to work on and make things accordingly:


Our group made a pet training device to train dogs in pooping in the right place i.e. outdoors.


If you have a puppy, I’m sure you’ll relate to this.

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Links Round Up, 16th June 2013

Here’s a roundup of things that have caught my eye of the past few weeks:

So, the figure is 8%
A week after Stan’s Cafe’s most concerning blog about the projected consequences of 5, 10 or 15% cuts to ACE funding, the Department of Culture has agreed to an 8% budget cut. What does this mean? Well as Stan’s Cafe’s blog indicates, just a 5% cut could result in one third of English subsidised arts companies losing all of their national public funding, even if lottery money may help 200 or so organisations that can no longer be given revenue funding. Whilst it could have been worse, the consequences of 8% alone are likely to be marked!

The future of the library
The Arts Council have brought out a report looking at the Future of our libraries. Envisioning the Future of Libraries looks at where the services might go. With mixed reviews by professionals (see here), there are obvious questions over allocations of costs, resources especially ACE seems to allude to the future cuts that are going to take place, but crucially how libraries need to step up and work out how they are going to best serve the needs of their community.

The future of literacy is to code
According to NESTA, digital learning is the fourth literacy behind english, maths and science and ahead of the arts. Interestingly 67% of British Children aged 8-15 want to learn to code, but still only 3% know how to!

…. And the youth of the UK are pretty confident in their Digital Literacy, stating that they are more “tech savvy” than their global peers according to this survey from Telefonica. The research found that 49 percent in the UK believed they had an “excellent knowledge of technology” compared to just 30 percent worldwide.

Culture Net
Culture Net has been set up as the primary source of information on arts and cultural provision for children and young people in the West Midlands. Full of very useful information, Culture Net profiles the major providers of cultural services for 0 to 19 year olds in schools and other settings.

Some Tech stuff

Google Street View Hyperlapse
This is brill, an experiment for creating interactive Google Street View hyper-lapse animations. Learn more about this project here.

3D Printing Courses
To show the progress of 3D Printing, this course at the brilliant Betahaus in Berlin, shows where I think we are going. The hands-on 3D printing course is for all levels, novices up to designers. No experience is required! Just bring your laptop, a 3-butto mouse and the rest is taught

… and if proof, if any was needed, of where we are going, we will soon be producing custom 3D-printed sugar for “mega cool cakes” (as it is described!).

Dumb Store
Still a significant number of us do not use smartphones, or dumb phones as they’re charmingly described. The Dumb Store caters for this … in their own words: “The Dumb Store is a demonstration of what can be done using dumb phones.” I think it also points more fundamentally to the fact that still a significant number of people do not use smart phones.

Why Are There So Many Productivity Apps and How Do I Pick One?
This is the question posed by Thorin Klosowski in this entertaining read. I’m an app geek and always trying loads of them because I enjoy it. Occasionally I might switch but also it is because I want my clients to make informed choices, but I always go back to the same few that work best for me. As Thorin says, “it’s not about the app you use, it’s how you use it. Find one that works and stick with it.”

Tictail – the new free online shop (up to a point!)
If you don’t want to make a complicated shop to sell your products, Tictail provides you the tools you need to create a shop in minutes, the basics of which are FREE. Tictail has some premium options like discounts, password protection or a custom web address, but this is a pretty cool free platform to watch out for.

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