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Reimagining Resilience

The Culture Capital Exchange presents Reimagining Resiltience, which will take place 13 December 2019, from 2pm. 

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Friday 13 December, 2pm - 5.30 pm 
St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Following a lengthy period of ideologically enforced austerity, both the arts and cultural and higher education sectors currently face significant challenges. These sectors heavily rely on what economists call “human capital”. How does investment in the resilience of people stack up against investment in “business resilience”, in buildings, technology or business modeling for example? Is striving to be resilient an altar for individuals to sacrifice their creativity and effort for the benefit of organisations, or an opportunity to reconnect with purpose, creativity and kindness? If we sought to be happy rather than resilient, what would that mean for our professional lives?

Recent research commissioned by Arts Council England shows although outwardly the arts have been remarkably resilient over the last decade, it is the sector’s committed (largely freelance and low paid) workforce that have made this possible, at significant personal cost. Dr Paul Gorczynski of Portsmouth University reflects that 43% of academic staff exhibited symptoms of at least a mild mental disorder. This is nearly twice the prevalence of mental disorders compared with the general population. Primarily to blame are the increased workloads of academics and demands to publish and obtain external revenue.

The work of researchers such as Emiliana R. Simon-James, at The Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkeley, and Shawn Achor at Harvard University suggests the profound importance of good leadership, sense of purpose, kindness and positivity in the development of resilience and work productivity. But these are areas that are hard to measure and assess, and are seldom prioritised for investment and development.

Building on TCCEs recent collaboration with Cass Business School of City University of London, and The Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University on the Boosting Resilience Project, Reimagining Resilience offers the opportunity to think creatively about how we can best invest our personal and organisational resources for positive change and to participate in workshops offering opportunities to: develop interdisciplinary thinking and networking in this area, to reflect on how, collectively, we might be able to reimagine resilience in more authentic and fruitful  ways. Speakers will include Hilary Carty, Director of Clore Leadership, further speakers will be announced in the coming days.


A limited number of free tickets are available to TCCE members allocated on a first come first served basis. Please email to secure your place.

Full price £75 via Eventbrite

Concessionary price for unfunded artists £20 via Eventbrite
Concessionary price for artists or small arts organisations currently not in receipt of regular or project funding.



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