From Creative Education
to Impactful Careers
March, 23rd 2021
This round table brings together in conversation professionals from different disciplines who make a societal impact through their work within creative education, the arts, and community-led initiatives. Through sharing pedagogical innovations and inspiring career stories they will explore ideas about creative ways of learning, how creative professionals are able to make a substantial social and environmental impact within their careers and impactfully shape our society, and how these relate to the aspirations of young people in the contemporary world.
The 10 statements of this round-table
Friedel Fink is a Managing Director and Founder of Big Sis CIC - a UK based Community Interest Company supporting young girls’ mental health through physical and emotional literacy campaigns and practical support programs. Through her interdisciplinary background, rooted in the arts, education and interactive community projects, Friedel is passionate in finding creative and accessible ways that inspire for a positive body image, emotional resilience and a growing self-esteem cross culturally. Friedel was supported by AYCH Business Incubation Programme at Plymouth College of Art.
As a passionate designer and entrepreneur with a triple degree in design (L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique), management (IAE Nantes) and change management (UCO Angers), I help organisations in search of direction to take a fresh look at their innovation projects and to manage the related uncertainty.
By putting people at the heart of my made-to-measure approach, which combines systemic design - better known as design thinking - and professional coaching, I help the group to identify new solutions and take action.
Because I believe that the transmission of knowledge is a good way to challenge what has been learnt and to stay up to date, I teach in various schools in the west of France (École de Design Nantes Atlantique, Audencia Business School, IFAG, ISEG, WIS in Nantes, ESSCA in Angers...) and I also run design thinking training courses for companies and local authorities (Eure-et-Loir, Val d'Oise, Mayenne...).
Aditya is a product designer and maker who looks at design as a tool to learn about everything around him. He likes to find out how things work and can spend a lot of his free time doing so. Aditya's design practice is a constantly evolving process that tries to understand and seek sustainability. More recently, he has been working on developing a hands-on and project-based learning curriculum for school children aged 5 to 18. Aditya manages a makerspace inside a school that is also his laboratory to develop a "learn by doing" model of learning. In his free time, Aditya likes to explore microscopic and macroscopic nature and go.
Multidisciplinary designer, Suzie puts her skills at the service of companies to support them in their innovation process through creativity and co-creation. From idea to project, her key words: Think Human and Experience ! Passionate about architecture and design in all its forms, I discovered and nurtured through my professional and personal experiences a desire to promote design as a language and to make it as tool to open up the field of possibilities in order to invent (or re-invent) the world of tomorrow.
Louise Honey is a freelance consultant for conscious design insight, direction and business development. Working primarily within the apparel and lifestyle industries, she has a strong understanding of the full production process from research, design and construction, to manufacture, presentation and customer engagement. She uses her broad experience to provide support and guidance for independent businesses and innovators on how they can develop their vision, online presence and impact.
Sarah Trotter is a Devon based mixed media artist who creates authentic vibrant, exuberant, abstract, fun and hybrid artworks that range from original paintings and prints to wearable art. Sarah’s inspiration comes from nature, cultures and society. She is passionate about inspiring mindful connections between the natural world and humanity whilst raising awareness of endangered species and nature. Sarah also works as a play worker for children & young adults of all abilities with a focus on facilitating and encouraging expressive arts curriculum learning.