As a part of the ACE Creative project, ECBN held the first of three bootcamps for creative entrepreneurs and organisations focussing on European Creative Hub Managers with the purpose of exploring ideas, best practices, solutions and frameworks around the question of “What does it take to create the perfect hub for 2020?”
24 hub managers and creative entrepreneurs from across Europe joined us in Amsterdam where we hosted the event at the recently opened Makerversity Amsterdam, an ideal and appropriate location befitting our bootcamp.
Lead by Leo van Loon, the founder of the ECBN, director of Buzinezzclub and chairperson of the Dutch Creative Residency Network, with the assistance of personal growth trainer and coach, Hans Vlieg, the group set about with the task of determining what the needs and ideal solutions would be for a creative hub to function efficiently and successfully in one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the worlds economy, the Creative Industries.
Participants were challenged to brainstorm solutions by creating the ideal hub together. They had the opportunity to discuss their current issues amongst peers in an open and collaborative environment, exchanging their best practices, tried and tested solutions to problems faced when managing a creative workplace. Over two sessions, the participants discussed community management of creative hubs, determining what it takes to successfully manage a community, what facilities are needed and what solutions could solve common problems. The second session focussed on inter-hub connectivity; how hubs from different regions could work together to effectively create solutions to common issues and challenges and increase collaboration between members.
At the end of the bootcamp, a framework for the optimum conditions to nurture creative talent, enable job growth, cultural diversity and support social inclusion was created and mapped towards a sustainable model for the ideal hub, adding new perspectives to what it takes to manage a creative hub.