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The conference included a range of talks from industry experts, panel discussions and taster workshops to give participants both an insight into - and some practical experience of - what Culture Change will offer throughout the year.
It was the first of several events; future events include a free workshop on 8 May entitled Environmental Action Planning for Creative Businesses by Julie’s Bicycle, webinars, and bespoke support. Find out more.
‘The Culture Change conference last week provided an excellent introduction to the programme,’ said Michelle Flinn, Business Support Programme Manager. ‘Delegates went away with a comprehensive overview of the thinking around the different aspects of sustainability.’
Professor Rapley, one of the UK’s leading voices on climate change, opened the conference with a scientific overview and a panel discussion about the benefits of sustainable thinking to creative businesses, and how to support innovation and sustainability at scale.
Delegates also took part in a range of practical workshops, including ‘Sustainability from Scratch’, ‘Sustainable Design and Production’, ‘Communicating Sustainability’, and ‘Overcoming Barriers to Business’.
‘By attending the event I gained inspiration from other organisations on how they are improving their sustainability,’ said one delegate. ‘I now have an understanding of where I can find support to make basic environmental changes within cultural organisations.’
The conference concluded with an In Conversation discussion of fashion, business, environment and ethics, with Orsola de Castro (Creative Director of From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear) and Lucy Siegle (journalist, broadcaster and founder of The Observer Ethical Awards).
Culture Change works with small and medium-sized creative businesses, offering support, knowledge and expertise to encourage sustainable development. The programme includes a series of conferences, a programme of specific low-carbon-focused business support seminars, use of a set of carbon calculator tools, and the creation of a peer-to-peer business support network. To find out more, visit the website for our Culture Change programme.
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