The Network Agenda: Investment, Identity, and Infrastructure
Prior to the Network Summit last month, a call went out through the six creative zones and to the field: What key issues, if adequately addressed, could make a real difference for Vermont as well as its creative sector? At the Summit, a clear, initial set of mutually agreed-upon actions was formulated. Participants signed up to collaborate with colleagues in order to advance the charge of each; three task forces will be up and running soon.
Investors in Vermont support the creative sector.
Outcome: An engaged investor community.
Initial Actions - Review existing funding resources. Who uses which funding sources? Collect data/metrics to support investments.
Further Actions - Develop a fast-acting pipeline system, for loans, training. Develop a systems map to locate needs/gaps. Develop the creative sector advocacy role.
Identity: Vermont's Creative Sector is an important player and economic resource.
Outcome: The creative sector works with ACCD/VDTM to promote Vermont's identity.
Initial Actions - Survey current relations, resources. Develop mutually beneficial plan. Develop a tool kit for sector partners to tell the stories; to strengthen language and engagement.
Further Action - Survey and clarify current economic data.
Sharing capacities and resources advance the sector.
Outcome: The creative sector discovers possibilities for sharing resources and deepens supportive inter-relationships ("hard," such as spaces; "soft,'" such as services). Broaden concepts of inclusion.
Initial Action - Survey existing platforms/uses. Survey educational landscape.
Further Action - Identify and strengthen hubs to leverage investments. Foster the sector's supportive role, drop the "we must do it ourselves" and the "someone needs to do this for us" stance.