While preparing to «Creative industries» project seminar to be held the next week, June 30 – July 2, we publish the feedback from those who have already visited a similar CAU event in other Russian cities (Creative Clusters 3.0 — CAU technologies).
Andrey Baturin (Nizhny Tagil – Sevastopol):
The workshop helped me to shift the focus from myself and my own activities, to find and configure contacts with external partners. Everything changes when you meet other participants with similar goals. You begin to think as a part of the one body, to take on a feasible burden and build productive interaction in a long time. The question is that the world is changing and the game in the long may lose its relevance tomorrow. But you just have to understand your true values.
Vasily Kropotkin (Khabarovsk):
— What inspired and perhaps continues to inspire you in the technology of the creative cluster?
— To begin with, I’m in principle for flexible management and development methodologies. They give a visible result. Take at least today’s successful IT people who use the «Agile-Scrum-Kanban» bunch. As for the model CC 3.0 (Creative Cluster) — it is certainly close to me. First, technology was born on the principle of «from practice to theory», and not vice versa. And this is very important. At first there was a real activity of teams that are close to me in terms of values, and only then analysis and assembly of algorithms. The technology of CC 3.0 works practically without adaptation.
It is worth noting the principles of the distribution of roles and delegation. Previously, I tried to do everything by myself: invent and build and implement systems, and monitor every participant in the process. As a result, projects fell apart or were frozen. By delegation, regulations and the transfer of competences has become easier and much more effective. And, of course, synthesis is our everything. To do something really cool is possible only in a complex team.
— Have you changed anything in your life/work and what did you do after the seminar in your own city?
— Everything has changed. We began to act immediately after the seminar. From April we have more than 20 projects of different scale and complexity going on. From small (public art, open workshops) to large (restart of two public spaces and branding of the city with involvement, for example). We do not keep our knowledge and technology in our hands and often act as speakers at various venues in the Far East (and we relaunched our friends’ forum pro bono). We are in high demand now thanks to the real projects that we did. We launched two CAU offices — in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (Khabarovsk Territory) and Blagoveshchensk (Amur Region). Right now we are busy rebooting the Day of Youth in Khabarovsk just on the model of CC 3.0. This is a large-scale event which is created on the principle of self-organization. The income from the activity started to flow — slowly but surely. We have orders. Now we are going through a rethinking stage: we are reborn into a stable subject of the creative economy, we are aiming at creating the first cluster in the city (we are gaining a critical mass, we are negotiating with the business).
— Recommendation to the future participants: «Why should I attend a seminar?»
— First of all, its a great opportunity to systematize everything. Creativity and activism — it’s cool, but quite chaotic. We had 6 days of such a wild intensity that some data are still being processed in your had. You know, as if corn seeds were put into your head, and now it turns into a popcorn! Or the pistons shoot periodically, like that. And this process has been going on for more than a year. Sometimes you get a decision, but you do not understand how it appeared. And everything comes from the seminar. In short, do not hesitate. And be sure to take all friends, partners and like-minded people along. Believe me, you will not stay the same, and people at first will be difficult to speak to, and you will have to explain them a lot of stuff. So it’s better to grab them and take with you to the seminar.