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Creative Conversations: How Can Creative Businesses Be Ethical & Profitable...
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
How Can Creative Business Models be Ethical and Profitable?
Creative Conversations would like to invite you to a panel discussion on how creative businesses can be both ethical and profitable.
Creative Conversations is a programme of events and research in the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts at the University of Greenwich, investigating the relationship between creativity and commerce in the creative industries.
Our panel will address the following questions:
In a business environment, in which attention is a commodity, consumers have become communities and communities are business assets, how do we best understand the relationship between financial, social and ethical value?
In a public and commercial culture, in which value is only acknowledged to the extent that it can be measured and evidenced, what values do we measure and how do we quantify them?
What creative business models effectively integrate ethical frameworks, social purpose and profitability to create sustainable businesses?
Our panel will discuss a range of current and possible business models in the creative industries and the potential relation and correlation of value (monetary) and values (ethical, social, personal) in each. They will discuss their strengths and weaknesses, the challenges and opportunities they present and how they might evolve or pivot in the future.
Sheeza Ahmad Shah
With an MSc in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, Sheeza combined her skills and knowledge in computer science with her passion for social entrepreneurship to found UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform to launch products doing good in the world. So far she has helped companies raise over £100,000 to positively impact lives in 7 countries. Examples of products funded on UpEffect include solar cookstoves, ethical and fair trade fashion brands, water shops, eco-friendly bags, employment for women in underserved areas and more.
Caroline leads the British Council's global work on enterprise and cities in the UK and is regional advisor for the Wider Europe region, which includes Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Western Balkans. She works with creative businesses on developing business capacity and skills and is interested in how creative entrepreneurs and their networks are driving social change. She is also passionate about bringing more diversity to conversations around creativity and digital innovation.
Giles co-founded Zopa as the world's first peer to peer lending business when it launched in March 2005. It has now facilitated over £1bn in loans, while winning numerous awards for customer service. As chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures he oversees an accelerator programme, early-stage investor and support network for startups using technology to help build solutions to social and environmental problems. He is also a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.
Panel Chair: Ghislaine Boddington, Creative Director of body>data>space, Reader at University of Greenwich
Further panellists to be confirmed, check back for announcements.
Welcome drinks at 6.30pm. 7pm panel starts.
Date and Time
11_0004 Stockwell Street Building, University of Greenwich
11 Stockwell Street