Creative Citizens Update March 2014

Our research is reaching a crescendo with the imminent publication of the Indigo Babies Graphic Novel by our research partner South Blessed, an informal network promoting young people’s creative talent in the South West.

Founder and director of South Blessed, Vince Baidoo created the story, set in Bristol, which explores the lives of a group of tech and eco savvy, socially enterprising young people who aspire to create a better world. Renowned Bristol street artist Silent Hobo illustrated the comic book, which will soon be available in print and digital form.

We have supported the production of the book through a co-creation phase in the 30-month interdisciplinary Creative Citizens research project, which aims to help South Blessed develop its business plan and become more sustainable. We are evaluating how the project generates value and strengthens the network. Our case study feeds into a larger investigation involving five other UK universities. Collectively, we are exploring how people’s everyday media creativity constitutes creative citizenship that can help communities become more sustainable. The Creative Citizens conference on Sep 18th/19th 2014 at the Royal College of Art, London, will showcase the project findings.

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Research project information


Conference information

South Blessed


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