Statistics on the UK's creative industries released by DCMS in December have provoked negative reactions. The creative industries account for only 2.9% of Gross Value Added (GVA), far lower than previous estimates have suggested, following the removal of two 'standard industrial codes' from the definition of the Software sector and a 'scaling adjustment' that the DCMS used to apply to the estimate of whole economy GVA.
I appeared recently in front of the Public Administration Select Committee, chaired by Bernard Jenkin. PASC has long been one of the most thoughtful parliamentary committees and is now continuing its inquiry into strategy, and asking some good, probing questions about government's ability to handle the long-term.
It's now two years since we first came to NESTA with our working carers network idea. Building on the services that we provide through the Employers for Carers forum, we were looking to develop a model with the London Fire Brigade for an employee carers network which could be tailored and rolled out to other employers in the future.
It was inevitable that Michael Gove's BETT speech earlier this week would steal the thunder of The Royal Society's report on computing in schools which was launched today.
In a recent edition of the New Yorker, a top-notch surgeon tells about how he came to make use of a coach and what it did for him.
This time last year, we were putting the finishing touches to the Next Gen report, the main output from the Review of Skills for the Video Games and Visual Effects industry led by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope. The Review's objectives were ambitious, no less than to show how the UK could become the best global source of talent for these two fast-growing, high-tech creative industries.
A few weeks ago I was in India for the Global Innovation Forum. India has huge ambitions in innovation, stretching from launching satellites to village-level sanitation projects.
We have just held a 'Feast of Innovation Workshops' at City University where a unique collection of workshop leaders, each of four in turn leading a workshop on the same stage of innovation process, demonstrated the need to adapt the style of your workshop to its theme.
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