How We Begin To Create New Kinds Of Creative Jobs And Skills (Recognising And Developing Energy, Motivation And Capacity)

Featured Image: A Stereotypical Image Of Professional, Skilled and Unskilled Jobs open source image

We need better representation of who we are, what we do at work and at leisure.

When we wonder about solving social problems, the divided society, we’ve got out of the habit of looking at how we learn, share and distribute knowledge at work, in our own working, travel to work and local environments. Get on a bus in Nottingham and you’ll see the historic housing developments, affluence and deprivation in a completely different way to the way you’ll see the landscape if you hopped on the tram to Beeston. The landscape out of Nottingham shows you a completely different horizon of opportunity.

Different landscapes where your view of the economic potential of the city and the countryside might also be completely different.

Sharing the way we see think and work in different jobs, organisations and businesses gives life back to ‘the job’ and people helping everyone to learn and feel fulfilled.

Nottingham Trent University’s Civic Exchange, set up in 2016, through the work of the amazing team: Richard Pickford, Chris Lawton, Jack Rendall, Daniel Wheatley, Paula Black and a wider academic network including Work Age expert, Maria Karanika Murray, are dynamically beginning to address how we create the connectivities needed for innovation in work: how people can find and develop the kinds of working experience that meets their aspirations and needs.


The next event is at NTU Newton building 10th July 2019 You can book here

10:00 Arrival and registration
10:20 Welcome and introduction to the day
10:30 Keynote by Dr Julie MacLeavy, University of Bristol
11:20 Sectoral challenges:
Social Care: James Pike, Doctoral Student, NTU Department of Sociology
Private Hire Drivers: Azeem Hanif, United Private Hire Drivers
Hand Car Washes: Professor Ian Clark, NTU
Food Processing: Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union
12:15 Lunch and networking
13:00 Tackling Bad Work:
Worker Cooperatives: Dr Kiri Langmead, NTU Nottingham Business School
Promoting Good Work through Challenges: Fabian Wallace-Stephens, RSA
Business Perspectives: Lucy Robinson, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
Work in Socialist Cuba: Annie Rutter, Rock Around the Blockade
Work in Britain Beyond the Capitalist Horizon: Dr Tom Vickers, NTU Work Futures Research Group
13:45 What can we do to make bad work good? Group discussions
15:00 Round up
15:40 Cake and Close

Sharing the perspectives of everyone, professional, skilled and unskilled on what the job is, how it can be improved recognises that work is a living and dynamic thing, sharing knowledge, experience and expertise on how it is done, could be done, means that we locate knowledge in individuals and the local.

It’s a resource for new ways of working, seeing, thinking, feeling, living and reflecting on our lives. We need to connect the local with learning environments of all kinds to inform curriculum and job development in local institutions.

We need to feel hopeful that we can create new kinds of work, training, education and development that can encourage environmental transformation in the country and the city throughout our lives: to feel valued that we’re all, always, adding value.