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Digital transformations mean that cultural and media organisations now find themselves in a new environment in which communities of participants interact to create, curate, organise and support cultural experiences.

This is the first in a series of AHRC-funded events where practitioners and researchers will come together to consider innovative practices, and develop new ideas together.

This workshop will consider:

  • How can the creativity of interested communities be unlocked for maximum benefit?
  • To what extent can the creativity of enthusiasts be channelled and organised to achieve specific goals?
  • What is the role of the professional producer as they find themselves in a community of enthusiast producers, fans, and other practitioners?


  • John Naughton, technology writer for The Observer, author of From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet, former Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University.
  • Jim Richardson, founder and director of MuseumNext, Europe’s major conference on social media and museums.
  • Frances Taylor, British Library, responsible for connecting the British Library with the creative industries.
  • Neil Cummings, artist, and Professor at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
  • Daniel Nathan, chairman,
  • David Gauntlett, author of Making is Connecting, Professor of Media and Communications at University of Westminster.

The day will involve presentations, discussions, and smaller-group conversations.

The event, including refreshments and lunch, is free (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – Digital Transformations Programme).

Visit the digital transformations website for further information about the Community-Powered Digital Transformations project and future events


To book your place visit our online booking form.