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Where Does Talent Come From

& how do you nurture it?

A one-day conference event was presented by Rideout at the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham 23rd. July 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Confirmed Speakers included:

Germaine Greer, Academic, Author and Journalist

Professor Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne and educated in Australia and at Cambridge University. Her first book, The Female Eunuch (1969), took the world by storm and remains one of the most influential texts of the feminist movement. Germaine Greer has had a distinguished academic career in Britain and the USA. She makes regular appearances in print and other media as a broadcaster, journalist, columnist and reviewer. Since 1988 she has been Director (and financier) of Stump Cross Books, a publishing house specialising in lesser-known works by early women writers.

Tim Harford, Economist and Author

Tim Harford is a world renowned behavioural economist and award-winning Financial Times columnist. Frequently described as 'Britain's Malcolm Gladwell,' his first two books, The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist, have been translated into 30 languages and sold well over a million copies. He is also presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, and Pop Up Economics. Tim's recent book is ADAPT: Why Success Always Starts With Failure. It shows how the challenges we face today can't be solved with simple ready-made solutions; we must learn to improvise rather than plan. Drawing on psychology, evolutionary biology, physics, maths and economics, Tim shows how adaptive, trial-and-error processes can help tackle everything from innovation to financial crises. Gillian Tett describes it as "required reading for anyone trying to navigate an increasingly complex world."

Adrian Furnham, Professor of Psychology University of London

Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he has been Professor of Psychology at University College London since 1992. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College. He has recently been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009. He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books.

John Bergman, Founder of Geese Theatre (USA)

John Bergman MA, RDT, MT, BCT has spent over 30 years as a drama therapist/theatre director/trainer/ and master teacher working with prisoners and prison officers, men, women and adolescents in criminal justice settings, prisons, detention centers, indigenous communities and mental health centers, internationally including Brazil, UK, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Bulgaria and Croatia. He is the founder and Director of Geese Theatre Company USA, and on the Board of Transcena in Romania. He is the recipient of the 2005 Research Award from the National Association of Drama Therapists and co- author of the book: "Challenging Experience, An Experiential Approach to the Treatment of Serious Offenders". He currently writes about and works with brain/trauma/attachment approaches to drama therapy treatment.

Daniella Genas, Director Aspire4U

Daniella Genas is the CEO and Founder of Aspire4u CIC, a Birmingham based Social Enterprise. She started the organisation in 2009, with the aim of coordinating high profile events whilst providing training for disadvantaged young people. Since starting the organisation Daniella has worked with hundreds of young people providing life changing training, development & showcasing opportunities. She has been recognised for her achievements with a number of award wins including 2013 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Entrepreneurial Category and the 2014 Young Enterprise category award at the Trinity Mirror Inspire Awards. She is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University and a visiting Industrial Fellow at Aston Business School.

Laura Caulfield, School of Society, Enterprise & Environment, Bath Spa University

Dr Laura Caulfield is Head of Research and Consultancy and Subject Leader for Psychology in the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment at Bath Spa University. She is an expert in the evaluation of programmes for offenders, designing and conducting research evaluations in prisons and the community both with offenders and those at risk of offending. Since 2001 she has worked on a range of evaluations, and over the past six years this work has focused on assessing the impact of the arts and other non-traditional programmes for offenders, and on investigating the needs of women in prison. In 2011 she was presented with a commendation award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for her research on the arts in prisons.

Derek McGill, Governor HMP Barlinnie

Derek McGill is the Governor in Charge of Barlinnie Prison Glasgow, which is Scotland's largest prison, holding on average 1400 plus prisoners per day. He has a particular interest in Music, Arts and Drama as an alternative strategy to help prisoners desist from Crime. He pays particular attention to those prisoners who have mental health issues and uses the Arts as a positive coping mechanism for them to get through their sentence and hopefully open their eyes to alternative ways of spending time positively  on release. He has an Honours degree in Social Policy and Management and is involved in Management Development for others in the Scottish Prison Service.

Marek Kazmierski, Managing Editor, Not Shut Up

Marek Kazmierski is a writer, translator, founding editor of OFF_PRESS, an independent publishing house, and managing editor of Not Shut Up prison arts magazine. Former Head of Diversity at HMP Feltham. Winner of the 2007 Penguin Decibel Prize. His work involves partnerships with the British Council, English PEN, Southbank Centre, University College London and many others.

Dean Stalham, Co-Curator, Made Corrections

Dean Stalham is the co-director and co-curator of Made Corrections, a cross cultural, trans media exchange between those in need, and artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. Will Self has said of Dean, "The work that Dean Stalham does is invaluable – he brings to animating the artistic impulses of society's dispossessed and downtrodden, offering them a rare sympathy. He believes passionately in art saving lives, always making good on this promise. His projects in the visual arts, performance and education give people who have lost their way back their dignity, enabling them to move forward. He is energetic, tireless and in my experience highly competent. I urge you to seriously consider all he has to say.'

Asi Panditharatna, Director of Apprenticeships and Employability, Catch 22

Asi Panditharatna has worked for Catch22 since 2007 in a number of senior management roles. He is currently the Director of Apprenticeships and Employability and leads operational teams that deliver work ready support, apprenticeships and job brokerage to over 3,000 learners and job seekers each year. Asi is also responsible for the Catch22 call centre called the Office Apprenticeship Service.

Asi has worked in senior roles within local government and also regeneration consultancy. Asi has an MBA from the Open University Business School and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Asi is a board member of the New Economics Foundation Consultancy and a business mentor with UnLtd Connect. Asi is a keen supporter of development projects in Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh.

Jocelyn Cunningham, Co-Founder, Arts and Society

Jocelyn Cunningham is the Director of Arts and Society, an associate partner with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and leads on Arts and Social Change programmes for the RSA. These place-based change programmes situate the arts and creativity at the centre of civic reform and are illustrated in the nationally acclaimed Citizen Power Peterborough programme and in the current work with Wiltshire Council in a radically devolved local government and public services model. Jocelyn has been an actor and director in both the U.K. and Canada for over 25 years and this practice has informed an artist-based approach to strategic work within civic arenas. Jocelyn's recent paper Knitting Arts and Social Change urges those in public services and the arts to collaborate meaningfully to create necessary sustainable and transformational change.

Joseph Giordmaina, EPEA Malta

Joseph Giordmaina is a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, where he is the Coordinator of the Programme of Education in Prisons. Dr Giordmaina has been instrumental in the setting up of Education in Malta's prison, and has since supported educational initiatives through the Programme he coordinates. He is an active member of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA), as well as a member of UNESCO's Science Committee for Applied Research for Education in Prison.

Chris Johnston, Rideout

Chris Johnston makes theatre in a range of community contexts. His work is often characterised by the use of improvisation and interactivity. He is also the Director of Fluxx (www.fluxx.co.uk) and Co-Director of Livestock (www.livestock.org.uk). He is the author of House of Games (Making Theatre from Everyday Life), The Improvisation Game (Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance) and For Those Who Like To Say No (Drama Games). He was made a Companion of LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in 2012. He has his own website at www.molebehaviour.com

In the chair Chris Johnston, Rideout

For an account of the day, go here; https://storify.com/timmy666/where-does-talent-come-from-and-how-do-you-nurture/

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