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CAKE 25: Exploring Diversity Connecting Creativity

After a short summer break – we’re delighted to tell you that CAKE is back!  Creative Fuse North East invites you to the 25th CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) which will be hosted in Tees Valley. We will explore different perspectives on how to achieve diversity and inclusion in everyday practice.

This will be a chance for our speakers to share their work and give their insight into delivering inclusive projects and identifying practical tips on how to innovate when designing your own products and services.

The event will be delivered in partnership with Assist Women’s Network, a professional network based in Tees Valley, which help women in business to grow professionally and personally. The network creates contact with other women and encourages trade and collaboration, by offering a platform to share knowledge. Assist is a space for learning and it provides workshops and forums aimed at getting members voice heard and having an impact on local policy and on the national agenda.

Following the event there will be the chance to continue your evening exploring culture by attending the launch of Middlesbrough ART WEEKENDER, the annual contemporary arts festival which hosts a selection of international and local artists across multiple venue.

When: Thursday 4th October, 15:00-17:00

Where: MyPlace Middlesbrough, Custom House North Place, Middlesbrough, TS2 1JT
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Ladan Cockshut, Postdoctoral Researcher on Creative Fuse, Durham University

Ladan is a postdoctoral researcher at Durham University with Creative Fuse North East, where she supports and delivers Durham’s project delivery and research activities. Her research interests include games, gamification, play-based research methods, and creativity. Previous to her post on Creative Fuse NE she was senior lecturer in games at Teesside University. In 2018 she co-founded a spin-off games design studio to apply games development and use in creative, business and research settings.

Ladan will share research into how recent games-based innovations have been propelling both business and creative practices forward.

She will discuss two of her recent research projects:

  1. Building a game to aid in adult learning and skills development
  2. Embedding gamification techniques into a financial support software application.

Dianne Casey, Disabled writer, Spoken word performer, Creative Practitioner, Assist Network

Dianne is a disabled writer, spoken word performer and creative practitioner. She has worked in the community sector for over 25 years. Dianne is also teenage mam, single parent, single women, young nanny that lives in a shoe. Her writing is honest and from the heart with the punch of woman on a mission!

She has advised projects throughout UK about empowerment and widening participation. Current projects include The Globe heritage/community , performing poetry with a purpose. Active member of ASSIST@AssistNetwork supporting business women in Tees Valley , Tees Women Poets Collective & girl powering in Teesside for Girlkind Ne which is funded by Northumbria and Newcastle University exploring girls experience of growing up in the North-East.

Julie Harrison, Supporter of The Big Bang Near Me – North East, Inspiron Learning, Assist Network 

Julie is working at Inspiron Learning within Assist Network to promote Engineering, Science and Technology to young people in Primary and Secondary Education.

As a STEM presenter, Julie will share her experience by explaining what lessons we can learn from ‘Nature’ on Diversity in business. She will mention issues faced in Science and Engineering businesses as they begin to make their businesses more inclusive, demonstrating the strengths that Diversity can bring by comparisons in Nature.

Folasade Sangowawa, Business leader, Creative practitioner, Founder of ‘A Taste of Africa’ 

Sade is a successful African businesswoman who has been responsible for setting up several projects and organising an annual awards ceremony called Taste of Africa – a non-profit cultural event as a way of promoting cultural diversity, integration and understanding, having the objective to bring Africa into the heart of the Tees Valley though art and culture.

Sade will share her experience of inclusive projects on how she helped other Africans integrating into the local community in Teesside. In fact, Sade is using the event ‘A Taste of Africa’ as vehicle to put the expatriate African community in touch with voluntary groups, banks, recruitment agencies and other businesses.

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