Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Wednesday 17th February 2010 + Meeting With George Dexter

Possibilities of a sustainable policing within the building could reduce the carbon footprint of Plymouth College of Art. My meeting today with George Dexter the financial Director of the college indicated that there was a need for a cultural and behavioural change within the make-up of the college. Although technological changes can be made to reduce the carbon footprint including building management solutions where rooms can be shut down from a central point, the real danger is these changes take time and development. To make a quick a noticeable response to the issue we need to act, or a select group with interest in sustainability needs to be formed to police this cultural change in energy reduction.
About a week or so ago I had the idea. Take the G-8 Summit then the G-12 these groups inhabited by major countries to form stronger opinions and make progress. I want to start a committee that takes a representative from each course to form a sustainable council within the college. This will thus give a contact point from various courses back to the main nerve centre of the college. The committee would be responsible for policing the actions of other students within the college.
Other developments include the go ahead for working the college into the Sustrans Bike Links to Schools scheme, enabling the college to build on their green transport plan. The plan is to link sustrans initiative for the development of Plymouth's cycle ways to schools. With PCA having nearly 83% under 18, it registers as a 6th form college allowing the future development of the colleges green transport links to be subsidised up to 80% match funding.
George Dexter also mentioned that there would be a possibility for an MA initiative for a sustainable committee to be developed within the college. the first project set on the MA being the reduction of CO2 has acted like a bug and has substantially changed my practice toward the current climate of reduction.
The CO2 Reduction Day is near, to be precise next Friday, it's going to be an all day event in the college foyer taking the results from the on-line survey and representing them in the form of an animation and with some information boards on why? when? how? including the government initiative for reduction and the cause for funding. the presentation will also include the future of reduceco2now! mine, Richard's and Alastair's new company and how we will proceed to impact upon the college as sustainable thinkers.
On the cards, an event or events. I aim to pick up where I left off in Studio 11 running another bring your own biro and producing its first publication. There is also a possibility for an event using the centre of Plymouth as my gallery. I would like to invite a selection of sustainable companies and designers to have a market in Plymouth launching a Sustainable market day demonstrating the issue of reduction across Plymouth and further a field putting Plymouth on the map.
Also with this I would like to call a cycling/walking/and public transport day with tours of Plymouth and afar around this day a critical mass in the evening and an event which will surround this. However these are just a few thoughts at the moment and will be researching to develop these activities.

Monday, 18 January 2010

WED 13 JAN 2010

Today was the first session of the Ma creative entrepreneurship. I feel today was very productive, allowing the scene, to be set. The surroundings suggested and the environment considered. I am already excited about the proposition, of being able to collaboratively design the private study space the chance to consider identity as a group. Through reading wikinomics, this week it suggests that collaboration is the key.

On the cards this week; I have been invited to re-visit the events that I ran in the college during last year. 'Bring Your Own Biro II' is on the agenda and possibly some new collaborations with some of the staff at Plymouth College of Art, New developments are to research the possibilities of running my events and look into producing publications on the back of it continuing the legacy. The intention this year is to produce a year-long show real working on facilitating artists and action groups within the city. As a result hopefully producing a colourful future for events based art in Plymouth.

objectives for MA creative Entrepreneurship

My Name is William Leonard Amery and I am studying on The Ma in Creative entrepreneurship at Plymouth College of Art. This Blog will form the foundations of my two years. The reflective journal will asses my internal skill set and my internal set of attributes. Developing, critically, my core research and practical skills along with a social awareness of the business landscape. Each post will directly link to our weekly sessions and develop a network and conversation around these topics. I intend to invite critical analysis on my featured themes. The blog will also track and map out my journey, and growth as an entrepreneur.

With '', I will represent the public elements, and publish this journey also challenging the notions of the boundaries between virtual and real. How we share, what we keep private and the mechanics of social networking are the underlining issues I'm concerned in.

'williamreflects', will also feature a comprehensive record of my events and my work as an artist in Plymouth. The challenges and successes will appear on the same plain as a raw approach to hierarchy.