The Market Hall and VRWC 2017

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How is the VR (Virtual Reality) market evolving and where does the Market Hall fit into this emerging trend? I had the pleasure of visiting the VRWC 2017 (Virtual Reality World Congress) conference, last month in Bristol. It was amazing experience filled with talks by industry experts, workshops centred around an expo demonstrating some of the leading technology in the…

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Don’t use schools for audience development

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By Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO: Fascinating to see the findings of the Europe-wide study on audience development and its recommendation that theatres and others seeking to build audiences should look to schools in The Stage this week. As the Arts Council’s bridge organisation for the SW, we work with schools and cultural organisations exploring opportunities for collaboration, partnerships…

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The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

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Written by Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant Having been shortlisted for the TES Community and Collaboration Award, we ask what makes Ballot Street Spice, the only school-based social enterprise to be nominated, so special? It’s all about parents, children and teachers working together, creating a REAL focus and there is nothing like running a business to make it real! Real products,…

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Digital Futures: Engage – what’s it all about?

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We want to inspire, open doors, create thoughts and improve futures Thinking back to those teenage days; what to do with our lives; what A-levels we’d do, what ‘job’ we might strive for, what road we might travel; we all remember a time when a conversation, an experience or an event stuck in our minds and influenced future decisions. I…

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Getting to grips with all things digital

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant As a social enterprise that works with schools and young people – with an ambition to help young people to create a better future for themselves by unearthing and nurturing their interests, aptitudes and passions – we are constantly on the look-out for changes in the economy, trends in skills gaps, opportunities for young…

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Our Way Tech – it’s time to talk about the past, present and future…

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Written by Claire Honey, RIO Consultant The past year has been a demanding one for Our Way Tech; they’ve had exams, moved on to 6th form or college, and ventured into the world of A-levels, courses (including RIO’s Social Enterprise Qualification) and part-time jobs. In addition to this they have been exploring concepts, playing with tech, working with their existing…

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Open Data Play event download

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RIO worked with Devonport High School for Boys and iDAT to organise the first of many Data Play events for the Plymouth community. The first event, which was held on Friday 27th November, gave the community a chance to find out more about the digital sector and those organisations who work in the digital industry. It also gave them a…

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Great opportunity for digital creatives

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Royal Historic Palaces are looking for playful ways to bring to life the beautiful, unique and quirky character of The Great Pagoda and create an inimitable experience for visitors. Historic Royal Palaces will fund up to five prototypes or concept ideas that they believe have the potential to create a magical experience for visitors within this challenging and inspiring building….

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Tech volunteering – an insight by Nesta

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Nesta has identified a sweet-spot between the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) benefits of employee volunteering and the commercial imperative to fill the digital skills gap. In collaboration with the Tech Partnership, and in consultation with many companies and digital learning providers, they have published some guidance for employers thinking about setting up an employee volunteering programme to support young digital…

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BBC’s Make It Digital provides multiple opportunities for eager gamers

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With the launch of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative comes the opportunity to learn to code, get creative with programming and digital technology, or explore the world of animation and filmmaking by joining free online digital creativity courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Courses are being run by top digital and creative organisations and educational establishments across the…

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Top ten tips and techniques for transformative social enterprise terraforming

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Working in social enterprise and regeneration over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity and the privilege to travel the length and breadth of the UK and to work in some of the country’s most beautiful places. From Penzance to Penrith and from Inverness to Irvingstown I’ve looked at a variety of approaches towards rural regeneration and observed the…

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Ballot Street Spice takes to the streets of Smethwick!

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Cocoso the Camel wandered the streets of Smethwick last month, with a bunch of eager primary school children we’ve had the pleasure of working with from Victoria Park Primary Academy – just another day in the life of RIO! We’ve been working intensively with the Academy since 2012, and this latest project, ‘Memories of Spice from Smethwick’ sees the young…

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Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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As businesses, social enterprises are subject to economic principles in the same way as any other business, but with their own special twist. This was further brought home while on a recent study visit to look at rural social enterprise development in the Scottish Highlands. Adam Smith’s theory of the Division of Labour outlines the relationship between market size and…

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SEQ group going for Gold!

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We’ve been delivering the Gold SEQ to some keen young people, including our new Talent Match Apprentices! The SEQ is a qualification which we developed in partnership with SFEDI, which aims to accredit social enterprise learning by addressing a social or environmental issue. Find out more about the SEQ here. The young people completing this round of SEQ Gold decided…

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South West creative innovators tell the story of Derry-Londonderry Temple

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Built around an ethos of creative innovation, southwest company The Media Workshop develop the creative potential in new technology to tell stories, capture imagination and craft unique experiences, their latest project has been working on the Londonderry Temple. Across Northern Ireland, there exists an extreme tradition of bonfire burning. On the other side of the Atlantic, in the heart of…

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South West leads in Digital Design and Creativity

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In January, Creative England announced their Top 50 Creative Companies, with 7 from the South West and 2 of those from here in Plymouth. Congratulations to Evil Twin Artworks, GroundShatter, Mutant Labs, Rook Films, Sun and Moon Studios, Rumpus and Total Monkery, all leaders in creativity in the South West. The Creative England 50 study showcases the firms across England…

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Total Monkery turns heads in new Greenshoots programme

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Read another captivating insight into the Plymouth digital industry and an achievement for games company Total Monkery below! Digital creative activity in Plymouth goes from strength to strength with local games company Total Monkery recently announced as one of eight businesses nationwide to be selected for Creative England and Microsoft’s Greenshoots Programme. Up-and-coming indie developer Total Monkery has secured the…

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