Creative Social Enterprises

Want to develop a new creative organisation but with a social mission? We’ve released some of the videos we recently made as part of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), to inspire women in Indonesia as they developed their own creative social enterprises.

These seven videos will give you an insight into:

What is a creative social enterprise, and how do they differ from other kinds of businesses?

How are creative social enterprises using digital?

How creative social enterprises develop their branding

As well as a detailed look at four case studies of creative social enterprises in Birmingham:

Miss Macaroon
MAIA Creatives Art Hotel
Museum Games
Girl Dreamer

This series was originally presented as part of BOM’s ‘Perempuan Maju Digital’ or ‘Women Advance in Digital’ programme, in collaboration with Think.Web in Jakarta. Supported by the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme, 500 women took part across six regions in Indonesia, with 100 completing the MOOC and 10 women making it through to the final phase to receive mentoring and digital support.

You can find more about the Perempuan Maju Digital project:
here (BOM Blog post)
and here (project on British Council’s website)
and the project website here, if you speak Bahasa (if not we highly recommend Google Translate)

As BOM is a creative social enterprise and Community Interest Company, we often find ourselves supporting others looking to start socially-driven creative organisations. We hope you’ll find these useful resources, and enjoy getting to know the organisations highlighted here – Miss Macaroon, MAIA Creatives, Museum Games, Girl Dreamer who we find truly inspirational.

VIDEO 1

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

This introductory video explores what a creative social enterprise is and how they differ from other businesses. It highlights some of the ways organisations in the UK and Indonesia – such as CraftSpace in Birmingham, Du Anyam in Jakarta, KOFFIN Company in Liverpool and Swindiri Institute in Borneo – are using creativity to tackle environmental issues, economic injustice and for wider social engagement.

VIDEO 2

MISS MACAROON

In this video, founder of Miss Macaroon Rosie Ginday shares the inspiration behind her business which trains vulnerably housed young people and ex-service users in producing premium quality macaroons, using Pantone matching and digital processes.

VIDEO 3

MUSEUM GAMES

John Sear, founder of Museum Games describes how he’s straddling commercial work with museums at the same time as releasing free tutorials to empower others to create their own digital games.

VIDEO 4

GIRL DREAMER

In this video Kiran Kaur and Amna Akhtar, co-founders of Girl Dreamer, discuss how they’re empowering young millennials through adventure sports, mentoring and open education.

VIDEO 5

MAIA CREATIVES, ART HOTEL

Amahra Spence, founder of MAIA Creatives, discusses her vision for a new Art Hotel in Birmingham and the ways MAIA are developing creative talent in the City.

VIDEO 6

USING DIGITAL

In this video, featuring Birmingham-based MAIA Creatives, Girl Dreamer, Miss Macaroon and Museum Games, organisations discuss how they’re using digital in the creation of their work, and to promote their work to new audiences and customers.

 

VIDEO 7

DEVELOPING BRANDING

In this video, featuring Birmingham-based MAIA Creatives, Girl Dreamer, Miss Macaroon and Museum Games, organisations discuss how they’ve developed their branding and visual identify as they’ve established their creative social enterprise.

Filming by Thom Bartley.