Trajectories workshops for creatives, graduates and students

Artist(s): Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino & Maxim Dedushkov
Running Time: Sat 10 & Sat 24 Feb, 2-5pm;
Price: £5 per workshop

About this event

Join leading designers and innovators and learn how to develop your ideas, as well as methodologies and tools for successful collaborations, grant applications or for starting a business.

These workshops are part of our new exhibition, Trajectories.

The workshop is for anyone over 18, no experience necessary. Maximum 12 participants. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Week 1: Running a business for creatives

Saturday 10 February, 2-5pm 

Most creatives never start a business but will stay sole traders or employees most of their careers. But running a business isn’t that difficult and helps you get investment for your projects, apply for grants, employ people and protect your personal credit rating in case of business failure. In this practical workshop, Alexandra will help participants understand the tasks, costs and tools available to help anyone in the creative sector run a small but well organised business.

Topics to be covered:

–          Pros of starting your own business

–          Costs of registration

–          How you should organise yourself

–          Invoicing services

–          VAT: what’s that? When to file?

–          Paying yourself? How does that work when you run a business?

–          Insurance for your services

–          Costs of running a small business all in

–          Time to set up

–          How to deal with banks

–          Tricks and tips if your clients are international

Led by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, https://twitter.com/iotwatch

Alexandra is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur and public speaker based in London. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the London Design Museum and galleries around the world. She was part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group, is on the advistory board of the Virt-EU project. She is also an advisor to many internet of things startups.

Week 2: Collaboration strategies in interdisciplinary teams

Saturday 24 February, 2-5pm 

Everyone is speaking about the importance of collaboration and the right “ingredients” for a successful collaboration. Few know how to combine and “cook” with these ingredients; how to set up and contribute to high-performing teams.

In this workshop you will get a brief overview about the strategy, methodology and tools for effective and efficient interdisciplinary collaborations. You will have also the opportunity to practice these during the session.

Topics to be covered:

–          Self-organised, decentralised organisations/teams. Why does it matter and how to do that? Brief introduction to history of management

–          Setting up your team for collaboration: selecting the right people / purpose / set of values / brand / success definition / rules and roles / content / governance and decision making / communication channels and platforms

–          The dark matter of collaboration: intentionally produced counter-culture / belonging as a superpower / distributing care labour / norms and boundaries / making decisions / dealing with information overload / Generating new patterns

Led by Maxim Dedushkov, dedushkov.com

Maxim Dedushkov is a design expert, service designer and the co-founder of Dedushkov. Maxim is also the co-founder of Hello Wood, an international wood workshop and festival, originator of HOLIS, a holistic design summer university, founder of MOME line, the design agency of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, founder of MOME ID, a user interface course and the driving force behind the Budapest Design Meetup. He was involved as a creative director in several projects of graphic design, industrial design, architecture, animation and media and is recently a PhD researcher at the Manchester Metropolitan University investigating tools and strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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