This report has been compiled for NESTA as part of the Amplified Leicester programme.
Amplified Leicester is a city-wide experiment designed to grow the innovation capacity of Leicester across the city's disparate and diverse communities, and to share new skills which are fast becoming essential in 21st century workplaces and communities. The project was inspired by the potential of this unusual city to nurture a unique creative environment, and it was enhanced by the extensive use of social media for communication and collaboration.
The Amplified Leicester project is an exemplar of the ways in which transdisciplinary academic research can impact on the wider community. It grew from the triangulation of three areas of research: difference, amplification, and transliteracy, and had the benefit of a dedicated social researcher who tracked and analysed the outcomes.
Thilo Boeck and Sue Thomas, De Montfort University
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