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C&binet Forum: your ideas please

The C&binet Forum is taking place this week from Monday evening through to Wednesday (26-29 October 2009). The forum aims to “debate access to finance for creative industries, new business models for online content, developing talent and securing creative rights” and is gathering business leaders from across the creative and finance industries.

The idea for C&binet came out of the 2008 UK government strategy paper Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy and also follows on from the Digital Britain Report earlier this year.

Possibly as a result of the Digital Britain Unconferences I’ve been invited to attend. And so I’m opening things up to you all for your ideas and thoughts – in true unconference fashion.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Follow the conference on twitter and the official blog:

Send in your ideas below:

  • Take a really good look at the agenda for the event – each session has details if you click on the link
  • Consider what positive contribution/idea or question you may have
  • Post your ideas/questions below together with the session it relates to – try to be as concise as possible, a few sentences or a paragraph at most

Whilst I can’t guarantee that I will put your thoughts forward I will do my best, and I will also link to this post and your ideas via twitter and to others during the conference, so that they can be seen.

Event: Technology in a Cold Climate

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) are holding a symposium tomorrow (26 October 2009) entitled Technology in a Cold Climate. It’s the culmination of a few months work of commissioned research examining the social applications of a selection of technologies and aims to answer the question:

“How can technology help meet some of the challenges that the UK is facing?”

The results are four papers which will be delivered at the event on the 26 October 2009:

  • technology’s application to delivering better and more cost-effective public services
  • the benefits of greater digital connectivity
  • the potential of technology to transform society towards a more sustainable form
  • the innovative behaviour that is essential to developing the kind of entrepreneurial action needed

Agenda
8:30-9:00, registration and breakfast
9:00-9:30, keynote speech from Stephen Timms MP, Minister for Digital Britain
9:30-11:00, seminars on “Sustainable Technology” and “Interconnected Society”
11:00-12:30, seminars on “Public Services” and “Supporting Innovation”
12:30-1:00, lunch
1:00-2:00, panel discussion with Ben Hammersley, William Heath, Luke Johnson, and Kevin Smith, chaired by Matthew Taylor

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The Interconnected Society
I’ve been asked by Jamie Young to chair the seminar that focuses on the Interconnected Society which will be based on a paper written by Professor John Farrington, with responses from Graham Walker, Director of Strategy at the Office of the Champion for Digital Inclusion and Julian David of IBM UK. The conversation will then be opened up to everyone in the room (and those online if possible), where we will aim together to try to come to a set of priorities/recommendations.

Following the conversation online
The day is going to be live blogged and the overall details for the day can be found here. Also see:
Liveblog for Interconnected Society session
Twitter hashtag – #techcold
The RSA on Twitter