Virtual action learning for Scottish cultural entrepreneurs

ICE fellow, Dougie Irvine, during rehearsals of “Cailda!!!” on his placement at the ground breaking Teatro Oficina in Brazil

On 14 November Ruth Cook attended SPLICE -a sharing event which marked the close of the second year of the International Creative Entrepreneurs (ICE) programme which is funded by Creative Scotland.  ICE is an innovative development opportunity for leaders working in the arts, screen and creative sectors in Scotland. It is an intensive, fully funded programme that includes a three month placement overseas, one-to-one mentoring and action learning sessions.

Ruth has been working with ICE since its inception delivering face to face action learning and virtual action learning sessions to support the participants. In year one six creative leaders from Scotland were selected because they demonstrated a commitment to self-development and a real desire to work globally. With placements in creative organisations or social enterprises in Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and India the virtual action learning sessions provided valuable peer networking and support to help them deal with any issues and challenges they faced.

With year two drawing to a close the five 2012 ICE participants used the SPLICE event to share their experiences from their placements in China, Turkey and Brazil.  Comments on how participants benefited from action learning element within the programme included:

” The power is in the listening.  Its amazing what comes out when people open up and are heard”

“Everyday I have to be strong, present, available. I’m constantly “on” but here I can just be in a space with people which then nourishes in a totally different way”

“Time to talk that has a real purpose.  It has been really constructive”


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