MICL Student Launches: Smile for London

Jo Kotas, a student on the MICL, this week launched an exciting new project aimed at brightening up the daily commute for Londoners.

Smile for London, is a unique two week filmshowcase across digital platform screens throughout the Underground network (running from the 17 – 28 January 2011). Developed by creative team, Meme Partnership, the Smile for London campaign harnesses art and creativity to bring short films to London’s Underground commuters.

The Smile for London campaign has been a year in development and was founded from a desire to promote young talent as well as introduce diverse forms of creativity to public spaces. Jo Kotas and Alex Stevens, co-founders of the Smile for London project, said: “This is a hugely exciting project for us. We want to celebrate the creative talents of our city and at the same brighten the journeys of London’s commuters. Our ambition is to send people to work with a smile and gather as much support for the campaign as we can.”

Check out the website: http://www.smileforlondon.com/

Also featuring on the City University News pages: http://www.city.ac.uk/news/archive/2011/January/200111.html

Have you seen the Smile for London in action?


DESIRE’11 – Creativity and Innovation in Design

Dr. Sara Jones, one of our founding members has been asked to sit on the organising committee for the DESIRE’11, so obviously we thought we should spread the word about this conference.

The conference will be at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, and runs from October 19, 2011- October 21, 2011. This year’s theme is theory and practice of creative processes in design. And the call for papers is now open. Full papers and workshop proposals are invited on the following topics:

  • Methods, tools and techniques for supporting creative design processes
  • Methods, tools and techniques for observing and studying creative design processes
  • Design cases illustrating the role of creativity in design
  • Theoretical insights into creative design processes
  • Visions on teaching & research in  creative design
  • Creativity by teams, organizations, and communities
  • Representations supporting creative design

The conference is organized by the DESIRE Network (www.desirenetwork.eu) funded by the European Commission. The network aims to advance the current understanding of creative processes applied in scientific and technological design.

Authors are invited to submit their papers through the conference website. www.desire11.id.tue.nl Submissions for all categories should be formatted using the ACM SIGCHI publications format (http://www.sigchi.org/chipubform/). Contributions are invited in the following categories:

  • Workshop proposals (max 4 pages) by March 1, 2011
  • Long papers (max 12 pages), by May 17, 2011
  • Short papers (max 4 pages), by May 17, 2011
  • Posters (max 4 pages), exhibits (max 2 pages), workshop position papers, by Sept 16, 2011

Organising Committee:

  • Jean Bernard Martens, Panos Markopoulos (general chairs)
  • Sara Jones, Mike Eisenberg (full papers)
  • Ilpo Koskinen, Evangelos Karapanos (short papers)
  • Corina Sas (doctoral consortium)
  • Clare Hooper (posters and communications chair)
  • Ingrid Mulder, Aaron Houssian  (workshops)

Not sure if it’s for you? Check out last year’s conference https://conference.cbs.dk/index.php/desire/conference

FT features Roger Neill – Creative Leaders Needed

Our Centre Director, Roger Neill, features in the Financial Times (January 16 2011) with the article: “Leaders needed who think outside the box” – where he reports findings from our Creative Leadership Summit held last year at Cass Business School.

Check it out at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a4319216-1ffd-11e0-a6fb-00144feab49a.html#axzz1BHZWeqma



Looking back at 2010

Every once in a while it seems appropriate to look back and take stock of everything that has been achieved in the year that has passed. I thought I’d share a few of your successes with you. (and of course a few shameless plugs)

The MICL – Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership

Undoubtedly our biggest success of 2010 was The MICL – a new Masters course offering a unique interdisciplinary approach designed to give innovation leaders all the skills to turn ideas into action. The culmination of over 2 years of planning and collaborative efforts of five of City’s schools, The MICL (known as ‘the michael’), officially welcomed its first cohort on the 17th September 2010.

Applications for starting September 2011 are now welcome. See: http://creativity.city.ac.uk/master/overview.html for more.

Seminar series

We launched a seminar series that focus on innovation, creativity and leadership. The speakers have included: a futurologist; an innovation director; two innovation consultants; an specialist in games for creative thinking; a professor of management; two successful young creative entrepreneurs; a professor of interdisciplinary design; a film screen writer; a pervasive interaction specialist; a behaviour change consultant; and a TRIZ specialist.

Who will we have this year? Keep an eye on: http://creativity.city.ac.uk/events_page.html. Or send an email to: creativity@city.ac.uk to join our mailing list.


Fiona Patterson, one of our founding partners, and Maire Kerrin, module leader on The MICL, published an impressive research report carried out for NESTA and the Chartered Institute of Management. Titled ‘Everyday Innovation: How to enhance innovative working in employees and organisations’, the study focuses upon the critical role employee characteristics and behaviours play in innovative working and reveals the key organisational factors that enable or inhibit innovation. Most importantly, we present the practical implications regarding how to best facilitate innovative working and promote innovation in organisations.

You can see more details on http://creativity.city.ac.uk/everydayinnovation.html where you can also find a link to download the report from NESTA’s archives.

Also, the Centre is a lead partner of the EU-funded FP7 MIRROR Integrated Project, total value €6,450,000, centre funding €529,932. Neil Maiden and Sara Jones, founding partners, are leading a work package researching tools to support creative problem solving and reflective learning. Support for reflective learning in care homes has led to a strategic alliance with the School of Community and Health Sciences.


We worked both with external commercial organisations and departments within City. We’re provided a variety of services including tailored executive training courses, facilitating creative workshops and sessions, as well as supporting departments in developing strategy, culture change and organisational change. Why not get in touch to see what we can do for you?

Conference Host

Ahmed Kovacevic, centre partner, and his colleagues in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences won the bid to host the E&PDE’21011 Conference at City in September 2011. Conference themes are creativity and innovation in education. See: http://creativity.city.ac.uk/events_page.html#EPDE for more.

Launching the RCCIL

City University London launched the RCCIL – an independent database of research on London’s cultural & creative industries. It aims to make research more accessible to policy-makers, academics & service-providers. We here at the Centre is very proud to support the work of Prof. Howard Tumber and his team in the School of Arts.

It’s been quite a year for us, and 2011 is shaping up to be full of new challenges, collaborations and events. And we promise to keep you posted.

Author: Kristine Pitts