The break-out sessions at All About Audiences’ ‘adapting to survive’ conference in 2011 looked at Adaptive Resilience – and what assets you might have to help you; Designing for Resilience – what organisational structures define a resilient company; Creative Problem Solving- how to release innovative thinking in your team; Collaborative Working – looking at the example of Creativity Works in Pennine Lancashire; Business Models for greater resilience; Fundraising – from your audience, visitors and Friends; Crowdfunding with WeDidThis; and increasing revenue and new income streams.
Session 4: Collaborative Working, Rebecca Johnson
During this session delegates found out how cultural consortium, Creativity Works, has adapted its approach to survive and thrive in this difficult time, and learned how many of its principles can apply to all arts organisations and cultural providers. Rebecca examined the principles behind their new way of working, the steps, structures and pitfalls involved in developing a shared services approach and how arts organisations can create a critical mass that is much more difficult to overlook than one arts officer or heritage venue alone.
Notes: This session gave an overview of the history of Creativity Works. In response to the ongoing shifts in the political, policy and funding landscape in Pennine Lancashire, the organisation re-focused their practice and aligned their business model to make the most of their strengths and assets and provide the best service for the sector. This is a real example of adaptive resilience in practice.