The mapping of initiatives, past and presented, provided Roscommon LEADER Partnership with a very clear overview of the key stakeholders that needed to be involved to ensure a successful outcome for the Creative and Job Opportunities Exploratory Panel in Roscommon. In convening the Panel meetings, RLP prepared a comprehensive listing of creative entrepreneurs, VET educators, those working with the unemployed, creative sector networks and development agencies, who were invited to join the project to share best practice approaches and cocreating solutions that are responsive to real need in the Roscommon region.
We now present the meetings and workshops that provided the impetus behind the development of our Action Plan.
This online meeting was held on 28 April 2022 with 26 people in attendance representing
During Panel meeting 1, the background, objectives, the vision of the Circular Creatives project and bigger picture were shared. Three keynote contributors set the scene of their personal experience to upskill attendees on what circular creatives is all about.
A survey was circulated to the attendees to establish a baseline of knowledge. The results showed how some of the individuals attending were unsure about what circular economy was, while some individuals were carrying out best practices within their business/home life.
This in-person meeting was held on 14th October 2022 in Kilbride Community Centre, Roscommon with 67 people in attendance representing
The focus of Panel meeting 2, was to delve deeper into the collective panel understanding of circular creatives. The meeting included a workshop with Circular Economy expert Carrie-Ann Moran from Circular Fashion Ireland. Carrie-Ann is an award-winning Irish social entrepreneur, recognised nationally as a leading voice on circular fashion.
For over 15 years, Carrie Ann has pushed sustainable fashion across the private and third sectors in Ireland, serving as sustainability manager for multiple small brands, Head of Fashion and Textiles for Rediscovery Centre Ireland and now owner and lead consultant at Circular Fashion Ireland. She has served on the National Advisory Committee of the Irish Government for the implementation of the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy and as a judge on the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition “Reimagine Fashion”.
Carrie-Ann captivated the audience with her sustainability presentation. Carrie went into great length on how the circular economy works inside businesses and how to think about it and implement it in your own. The panel discussed different aspects of circular creatives including questions:
Carrie led an interactive survey to build a greater understanding of the needs and opportunities for circular creatives in Roscommon. In summary, the clear finding was the lack of training is preventing individuals from carrying out circular economy practices. Ideas were sought for workshop ideas for the next (3rd) panel meeting.
To broaden our Panel’s reach beyond the craft sector, the third meeting was hosted by Panel member Crew Digital in their premises in Green Room, Creative Arts Campus, Co. Galway on 24th February 2023 with 29 people in attendance including film, tv, gaming, animation, immersive, virtual production, and creative technologies.
Panel 3 began with a quick explanation of the circular economy's fundamental principles and key goals as they relate to this digital creative industry sub sector.
The CREW attendees are in the process of exploring establishing/ growing their creative businesses and saw this panel as a way to understand and incorporate circular economy's advantages and disadvantages in terms of securing their future employment/enterprise development. The panel was facilitated by Sharon Johnson of RLP who started the workshop style meeting with a deep briefing on the ERASMUS+ Circular Creatives projects, its deliverables and how it will benefit creative entrepreneurs.
Then, Ainslie Peters, CREW’s Programme and Community Manager and Circular Creatives contributor put a spotlight on the Circular Creatives training program, and CREW's opportunity to pilot test same. Momentum's Orla Casey led a session on Identifying the Challenges and Opportunities for Circular Approaches for Creatives in the Digital Economy, to feed into our Action Planning. This interactive workshop brought interesting ideas to the fore.