As Plymouth begins to re-open and the local economy reboots,
iLEAD aims to encourage creative and cultural leaders to team up with partners
from other sectors, forming a progressive leadership model to deliver a
brighter, bolder and braver vision for the future.
The iMayflower programme focuses on pulling together the
best of Plymouth’s creative talent and the excellent digital resources available,
with a focus on the city’s existing areas of strength, such as health care,
marine, manufacturing, and cultural tourism. The iLEAD programme, developing
individual leadership and creating a network of collaborators across these
sectors, is central to this.
With an unprecedented demand to participate, the programme brings
together a diverse range of creative leaders including representatives from
major industry employers like Babcock International, to cultural and
educational institutions like the Barbican Theatre and Plymouth College of Art,
and founders of innovative Plymouth-based businesses and organisations like Nudge
Community Builders and Story Juice (view the complete cohort list).
iLEAD’s challenge projects are an important aspect of the programme,
enabling the iLEAD cohort to explore in practice the experience of working
collaboratively with cross-sector peers on innovative ideas that respond
to key challenges and opportunities in Plymouth inspired by three key themes: creative place-making, immersive futures and sustainability.
Project ideas include an independent, cooperative, virtual and physical meeting place for interdisciplinary
practitioners and ‘play testers’, a data visualisation project to connect the
Plymouth community with existing initiatives across the city, a digital citizen forum app showcasing exciting and
innovative ideas across the city, and a city-wide installation
celebrating Plymouth’s heritage, innovation, creativity and industry. For the duration of the programme, the iLEAD cohort will seek to develop and
test their ideas with stakeholders and the wider community while navigating
the diverse perspectives and maximising the broad range of skills and expertise
within their cross-sector project teams.