We held a public conversation on Thursday 6th March at The EDGE’s Limelight Room to launch our living research project and talk about creative ecology in Auckland.
The workshop session had three distinct phases - an interactive exploration of the creative ecology research; an update from Maree Mills about Council’s Draft Strategic Action Plan for Arts & Culture; and an “open space”, which was an opportunity for people to share their reflections, what was on their minds from the day, and to canvass current issues affecting our community.
Here’s what went on:
Elise Sterback and Caroline Robinson presented a new model for creative ecology, developed after conducting research into Auckland’s arts and culture landscape (including creative industries).
The model provides an alternative way to group the activities of individuals, organisations and businesses; analyse the resource flows and relationships between them; and describe the value they contribute to the wider system.
Some of Creative Coalition’s board members (including Hinurewa te Hau, Anne Rodda, Peter Shand, Charlie McDermott and Elisabeth Vaneveld) shared their thoughts on the potential of the model’s application.
It was said that the model provides opportunities to: facilitate strategic planning at individual, organisational and regional levels; communicate the value of creative thinking and processes in a new and holistic way; bring cultural policy and planning to the leading edge of global thinking (on par with progress in other sectors); and more closely reflect the worldview of Maori and indigenous peoples.
Maree Mills from Auckland Council shared an update on progress for the development of the Strategic Action Plan for Arts & Culture, which is due to be released for public feedback within the month.
(comments paraphrased - please comment below with any corrections or additions):
- Reflections on the challenges with the deconstruction of meta-narratives around creativity - we need to find new ways to collectively speak, to unify in spite of our diversity, and bring the conversation into the 21st century. (Connected to the “transpersonal” layer of the creative ecology model).
- That there is currently a need to simplify structures and processes within bodies that capture money.
- The creative ecology model provides a chance to create a new language and to expand the landscape - connecting multiple arts platforms.