Invention, re-inclusion – how do we ensure systems and structures support and create the new for many

Friday afternoon brings our final two interventions. We’re privileged that they agreed to our invitation.

Two incredible speakers – must listen too-s for anyone interested in investment, the future of the creative economy and social innovation.

We know that these two speakers will carry us forward to create a sustainable, inclusive future.

And a reminder that we have our original art commission showing until the end of 31st July from Ian Gouldstone: Succour Process.

And The Nest Collective, Singing with Nightingales too,

2pm BST, George Gachara in conversation
George will bring his expert insights, humour and knowledge from supporting the creative economy in East Africa through HEVA Fund LLP and as part of the International Advisory Council, of the Policy and Evidence Center, established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of United Kingdom.

George Gachara is a creative industries expert, arts manager, and the managing parter at HEVA Fund LLP. George is leading a development and business exploration of the creative industries in East Africa, and is providing leadership in creating long-term economic and cultural value in this dynamic sector.

As the managing partner at HEVA Fund, a finance and business support facility for creative industries in East Africa, George has raised and invested over USD 4 million in 40 creative industry businesses in film, music, fashion and gaming, and directly supported over 400 creative practitioners. His hands-on approach allows for intimate understanding of the creative sector and has helped to focus his efforts on proactive planning, analysis and client support.

George has a background in Communication from Daystar University (Kenya), Conflict prevention and Management from the International Peace and Security Institute (Italy), Design Thinking and Problem Solving from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Private Equity and Venture Capital, Strathmore Business (Kenya). He brings to this role a unique blend of career experiences working in resource development and governance with particular focus in youth development, social innovation and arts management.

George has significantly contributed to the transformation of creative economy policy environment in Kenya and in the region, most notably spearheading the development and finalisation of Kenya’s first film policy white paper (2017). George was recently appointed the advisor on culture, to the Minister of Sports, Culture and Arts in Kenya. He also works closely with the Executive Office of the President to create and implement interventions for cultural, manufacturing and creative economy growth.

In addition to his work at HEVA, George is also a member of the International Advisory Council, of the Policy and Evidence Centre, established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of United Kingdom, an advisor for the Africa region with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for Young People, a Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation and recipient of the International Development Committee’s Outstanding Leadership Award.

George is also an international speaker having addressed over 50 international conferences in 30 countries around the world. George is also a writer, film maker and thought leader.

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Photograph: Christopher Thomond, The Guardian.

3:30pm, Ruth Ibeguana
Ruth will reflect on the work she has done to create new structures that support working-class young people and to ensure greater equality and remove the stigma faced by many.

She will bring her passion and incredible innovative approach to this session for us to hear how she is moving her work forward to areas of need.

After a successful teaching career in state schools in Bradford and Manchester, Ruth found RECLAI, a Manchester-based charity supporting working class young people into leadership positions. Ruth used her platform as RECLAIM CEO for 11 years to campaign nationally with young people and their communities for greater levels of equality and to remove the stigma faced by many disadvantaged communities.

She was named by Virgin as one of the top six women change-makers globally and is an Ashoka Fellow. She is the Founder of The Roots Programme, an initiative to bring influencers from vastly different communities together to learn from each other and increase levels of compassion in our leaders. Ruth is also the Founder of ReKindle, a new supplementary school opening in September 2021 in South Manchester focused around providing a soulful education to young defiant critical thinkers.

Ruth was recently named by British Airways as one of the 100 Modern Britons and runs a training consultancy called Northern Soul.

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