Our work is built around the ways in which creativity plays an active role in different lines of work across industries, in the arts and beyond.
With a simple mission of helping creative people do creative things, we create pathways towards industry opportunities by organising competitions, design sprints, art exhibitions, workshops and many other creative experiences.
Operating as a social enterprise, we are always on the lookout for new ideas and initiatives to support the rise of the creative community in Brunei.
By bringing together graphic illustrators, engineers, architects, product developers, sculptors, educators, health care workers and everything in between, we run initiatives that put in motion creativity as a vital skill of the future (and the now).
Why Creative Economy?
As we approach a new era of business and economic development, we are facing many uncertainties in the way we work and the way we conduct business.
In order to navigate this volatile and unpredictable future of work, it is vital to protect the vulnerable creative communities along with their delicate skills and crafts, by keeping them close to the developments that are taking place in the industries.
Over the past few decades, industries such as energy and telecommunications have thrived while the creative industries have not. Now that the major industries are in an economic downturn, the creatives are falling further off from making significant impact to the economy as a whole.
It is for this reason that we set up to build and enhance the value of creativity as a skill, and integrate them into industries that can make real impact to our overall economy.
As Creative Economy Week, our goals are simple; to help industries innovate and to help creative people do creative things through:
Provide industries with access to creative capital by connecting companies and large corporations to untapped creative talents and resources.
Skills Development &
Build pipelines for creative practitioners to craft alternative career pathways and access new markets.
There are numerous factors that determine the impact of our work.
From human resources to financial capital, we are constantly working hard to ensure our ability in delivering the things that are important for the people that need them.
In order to devise initiatives that are impactful in a way that is sustainable, we are actively working to facilitate:
To open the doors for corporations and companies to share the challenges faced in their respective industries.
Creativity, Beyond the Arts.
To help creative professionals apply themselves in a way that makes their skills relevant in areas beyond the arts.
To provide a safe space for corporations and creative individuals to come together in a way that is conducive to creative solutions and innovations.
Why are Creative Skills so important?
The future of work is Creative.
Creativity is the innate human ability to generate ideas, solve difficult problems, and exploit new opportunities. It is the fuel for innovation today and in the years ahead.
"More than half of the jobs that will be done by students who are currently in elementary school have not been invented yet."
Work used to be driven by efficiency. The process was intentionally linear and divided into parts in which people could specialize. But the problems we face today are so much more complex, they require creative thinking and a very different work process in which people and ideas diverge, converge, and iterate. [Source]
So, what skills will people require to thrive in the new economy?
The most in-demand skills in the imagination economywill be soft skills, which are a lot more difficult for machines to master. These skills include managing others, oral and written communication and applying expertise.
Jobs of the future will also require more social and emotional skills as well as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
Another report by McKinsey Global Institute, published in November 2017, states that by 2030, up to 14% of the global workforce (between 75 and 375 million workers) will have to retrain and learn new skills that will allow them to adapt to the new jobs that will emerge due to automation.
Who is Creative Economy Week?
Our team consists of full-time professionals in the fields of education, creative arts and technology. The overall make-up of the team varies from initiative to initiative, bringing on board part-time members, volunteers, interns, service providers and other industry professionals.
The core team is represented by:
The Creative Core BN
The Creative Core BN is a purpose-driven business that focuses on building conversation around Art through offline events and online platforms. With a mission is to educate and upskill artists they produce collaborative art events and showcase opportunities through partnerships with fellow creatives, and the public and private sector.
InTurn Co. builds pipelines that connect education to careers. By working with Industry entities, Government and the public in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, InTurn creates experiential learning programs to help prepare the community for the unpredictable future of work.