The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host a lecture and workshop on entrepreneurship and independent practice in the arts, on Wednesday 7 August 2013 at Hiddingh Hall. Facilitated by leading arts professionals Liz Bradley (Professor and Chair of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU) and Anne Mundell (Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama), this workshop is aimed at creative and performing arts practitioners, students and administrators, as well as arts-based businesses and community organisations. Bradley and Mundell’s Self Start workshops are designed for practitioners from a range of creative disciplines. Particularly relevant to the current economic climate, thecontent includes a varied set of adaptable entrepreneurial strategies, with direct applications in the performing and creative arts. Their workshops have had substantial international impact, engaging students and professionals from Hong Kong to Glasgow. This lecture and intensive workshop, titled The ‘Self Start’ Paradigm: Artistic Practice and Entrepreneurship’, will highlight the basics of the entrepreneurial process, create an awareness of practical resources and enhance participants’ ability to respond creatively to challenges in realising their work. Self Start aims to foster an understanding and mastering of the attributes and skills necessary for effective entrepreneurship in the arts, independent from existing structures and models. Topics discussed will include defining core ideas, evaluating potential arts ventures, attracting stakeholders, and maximizing creative and human capital. Professor Elizabeth Bradley is an educator, theatrical producer, festival curator, presenter, and international cultural consultant. She joined the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as Chair of Drama in 2008, after heading the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Bradley has a wide-ranging career of almost three decades in . . .
Given the overwhelming influx of registrations received this weekend, the Arts & Culture Trust has extended the deadline for registration for its up-coming Arts & Culture Conference to be held at the UJ Arts Centre, till 31 July. Entitled Creative Currencies: Accessing Opportunities in an Expanding Marketplace, the conference is intended to inspire and enable the creative sector. ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs says, “Gaining access to valuable expertise, knowledge and information of this nature; which has been neatly packaged at an affordable fee; is a rare opportunity. We recognise that waiting on payday might make a difference in delegate’s ability to register, and hope that extending the deadline by a few days will help.” Much of the initial content will centre around providing context on the impact of policy and its intersection with creative development. Valuable contributions are expected from Avril Joffe - the founding director of CAJ: culture, arts and jobs. She is a development economist with more than 15 years professional experience in the field of cultural development, cultural economy and creative economy as well as creative city development. She has more than 25 years in project management, organisational governance, policy development, and industry strategy and training. She has worked extensively throughout Africa and has developed generic cultural policy frameworks for Africa and training tools on fundraising and enterprise development for arts organisations in Africa on behalf of the Arterial Network. She has recently been appointed onto the UNESCO Panel of Experts o n Cultural Policy and Governance, focussing on developing strategies, to promote and develop the cultural and creative economy. Avril delivers lectures and trainings on all aspects of the creative economy on many platforms locally and internationally. Amarteorkor (Korkor) Amarteifio was active in the music industry from the beginning of her career, based primarily in Canada. She . . .
When promoting your business idea you will be faced with the prospect of pitching to different audiences. “The tendency is to have a one size fits all approach, however, it is advisable to change your approach, depending on who you are pitching to,” says Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp and founder of Pitch & Polish. Below are some guidelines and recommendations when pitching for a new customer, an investor or banker. Pitching for customers Lots of entrepreneurs do a good job talking about their product or service, but aren’t really able to connect with potential customers. This is because their presentations are focused more on their business or product than on the needs of the customer. Presentations are useful in sharing something about a new company or service, but the focus should be about enabling a customer to see how the product or service will benefit the customer. Here are a few tips on your approach when pitching to potential customers: • Make a proper effort to understand who you are pitching to. Do your research. Make sure you know all about them from their management down. Be so thorough that you can incorporate the "intersections" between their operation and yours into your presentation. If possible even go so far as to use their language and corporate jargon in your presentation to illustrate your points. There is nothing more powerful than using your potential customer’s words to describe what sort of value you can offer them. • Create a business case that makes sense. You need to show them why your particular product or service is the best one in the market to fill their need. This can take you from simply selling them a product or service to being “one of the team”. • Know exactly what it is you are after. Be as specific as possible with your proposal. You must know exactly what the relationship that you are trying to form looks like. Your certainty will paint a clear picture of how you will fit into your potential customer’s world in a . . .
A term that has been popping up all over the place recently is ‘big data’. It has taunted me on Twitter, leered at me from LinkedIn, frolicked on Facebook and gallivanted all over Google +. And when I could take it no longer, and screamed: “Yes, I can see you’re there so I suppose that it’s time for me to find out more about you!”, I made the decision to attend the Going Big on Data event which was held at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. And I am so glad that I went because I learned A LOT! Lesson #1: There is a great need for workforce-related data Marius Meyer, CEO of the SA Board for People Practitioners (SABPP), launched the proceedings with some criticisms of HR in South Africa at the moment. The hardest-hitting fact for me was finding out that workforce analytics is a system that is largely ignored by South Africa’s HR practitioners. Meaning of workforce analytics Workforce analytics is a process during which an organisation’s leaders use statistical models that are created from internal and external business-related information to interpret employee-related data. As a result, leaders gain a better understanding of the workforce, which improves their ability to predict talent-related behaviour and anticipate any future worker-related challenges. Source: http://searchfinancialapplications.techtarget.com/definition/workforce-analytics. Marius referred to an IBM study which measured the extent that workforce analytics is used by SA HR practitioners. The study revealed two startling facts: 1. A large number of the practitioners did not know about workforce analytics, and 2. The majority of them had no system of measuring or recording workforce-related data. This means that leaders are not recording data such as absenteeism rates and staff turnover, which are possibly two of a company’s biggest expenses. Why is it so important to record and interpret workforce-related data? Interpreting workforce analytics leads to a . . .
Trade mark owners should remain vigilant as the Top Level Domain Space expands By Donvay Wegierski, director at Werksmans Attorneys The Google AdWords programme, where the highest bidders are offered third party-owned trade marks for keyword advertising, remains debated by trade mark owners. This programme is on a pay-per-click basis, also known as the sponsored link campaign, whereby an advertiser pays only when the link is clicked on. The Google Adwords programme is a highly popular means of generating traffic to a website and helps to boost online advertising. As a general rule, foreign courts have said that the use of a trade mark as a keyword is acceptable; provided the internet user can discern that there is no connection or association of the mark with the trade mark proprietor. In considering the issue of keyword advertising and trade mark infringement, the importance of fair competition has therefore remained paramount. Recent key ruling On 21 May 2013, the High Court of Justice (England and Wales, Chancery Division) found in favour of Interflora, Inc (“Interflora”) ruling that Marks & Spencer’s (“M&S”), use of the INTERFLORA trade marks by virtue of its successful bids in the Google Adwords programme amounts to trade mark infringement. This brings to an end a four-year battle between Interflora and M&S (Interflora British Unit v Marks & Spencer PLC, Flowers Direct Online Limited C-323-09) and as a consequence, M&S is now prevented from future bids on INTERFLORA trade marks in the Google AdWords programme. It would be fair to infer from this judgment that the use of someone else’s trade mark in keyword advertising will now be more restricted. The Interflora ruling is however very specific because the court found that due to the manner in which the advertisements were displayed, it wasn’t evident to the “reasonably well informed and reasonably attentive internet user” that M&S is not part of the Interflora network of . . .
Thirteen international experts converge on Johannesburg on the 20th and 21st July. What are the benefits of seeing these international speakers? Simple answer is the benefits are tremendous! Think of it this way, each speaker has a slot of around 90 minutes. That’s 1170 minutes of mind and money success creating strategies being taught by the best mind and money coaches in the world. What are the chances that you won’t learn something really thought provoking and life changing from these speakers and authors during those 1170 minutes? All of these speakers had to face some massive challenges during their journey to success and they epitomise what Napoleon Hill writes about in his book “Think and Grow Rich”. Hill writes that the mind that is not filled with wealth consciousness is filled with poverty consciousness – that there is no middle ground. Hill also writes that every adversity brings with it the equivalent seed of opportunity. National Achievers Congress 2013 South Africa speakers are guaranteed to make you think and to give you practical insights in to how to move your money thoughts and money results in to what you truly desire. Chris and Suzanne Styles host South Africa's only dedicated Coaching Radio Show, Time to Make You Think, on community radio station Mix 93.9FM in Midrand. They have partnered with the organisers of National Achievers Congress to bring speaker interviews to the community. Time To Make You Think has VIP Tickets to give away to the event. Enter now and South Africa's next success story could be you. For more information contact Chris Styles on + 27 83 625 6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://makesyouthink.co.za/power-resources/power-competitions/national-achievers-congress-2013/ Twitter: @MYT_SA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makes-You-Think-South-Africa/183435285047312 YouTube: Author: Suzanne Styles from Makes You Think. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust, in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture, present a conference entitled “Creative Currencies: Accessing Opportunities in an Expanding Marketplace”, from 6-8 August 2013. Thought leaders in the creative sector will gather for an exciting knowledge-exchange, MCed by industry gem Mike van Graan. Focusing on commercial and trade aspects of cultural and artistic endeavour in South Africa, on the continent and globally; it is hoped that the wide-range of delegates will be inspired, educated, and use the opportunity to grow personal networks. “It has become vitally important for the stakeholders of the artistic and cultural sectors to debate matters of mutual concern in an unbiased, independent and structured environment,” said Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Chairperson Melissa Goba. “The second ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference is presented with the hope of improving interrogation into aspects that have an undeniable impact on arts, culture and heritage.” she continued. The three-day conference will kick-off with an exciting presentation by UK cultural strategist, John Newbigin, which considers what the Creative Economy actually is. His address will unpack the history of data collection and measurement of the creative industries, as well as how this has successfully been used in various countries. Newbigin will also interrogate how the creative industries have benefitted sections of society. Continental perspectives concerning aspects of cultural entrepreneurship will be presented by representatives from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana; who will also interrogate how governments support, or undermine, the development of the creative industries. A panel comprising South African government officials will discuss their interactions with the creative sector. During the course of the last decade, the export of South African creative and cultural services to the European Union has more than doubled. The export of creative goods has, . . .
News release from Werksmans Attorneys 8 July 2013 .AFRICA domain names to be introduced by year end The .africa domain name is expected to launch towards the end of 2013, making it possible for businesses and other organisations to register domain names ending in .africa for the first time. Donvay Wegierski, director of Werksmans Attorneys and member of its Intellectual Property practice in Stellenbosch, said thatthe .africa domain was created “by Africans for Africans” and marked Africa’s strides in growth and development. “It will present an opportunity to identify the African continent online for the first time. We expect many exisiting and new companies across the continent to to take up the .africa domain to show to the world where they are from.” The procedure to register .africa domain names is yet to be formally disclosed. However the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is the coordinator of the launch of the new domain names. “We expect the .africa domain to launch in two phases - first the Sunrise phase and second the Landrush phase,” Wegierski added. During the Sunrise phase, trade mark owners have priority to register .africa domains incorporating their trade marks for a certain period of time. “It is for this reason that trade mark owners should validate their trade marks at the TradeMark Clearinghouse (TMCH) as only trade mark owners with TMCH validation can take advantage of the Sunrise period,“ Wegierski advised. It is only possible for the TMCH to only validate registered trade marks and therefore only proprietors of registered trade marks will have preference. The Landrush phase will open thereafter and domains can be registered on a first-come-first-serve basis. The .africa registry will be managed by UniForum SA, trading as ZA Central Registry (ZACR). UniForum SA was established as a non-profit organisation in 1988 as a professional association to promote and exchange information on . . .
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Technology has turned the world we live in upside down. Our communication methods have done a total 180 degree turn thanks to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. In six months, a motor vehicle company can imitate, produce and bring to market a vehicle that another company has only just launched - the turnaround time was once something like six or seven years… Businesses have found it increasingly difficult to differentiate themselves because technology has made it easier for people to imitate others’ products. So when you try to engage your employees, or even attract new employees, you must focus far less on differentiating what you do and more on how you do it because they are focused on differentiated services on a minute-by-minute basis. What are the nuts and bolts of employee engagement? People are the DNA of your organisation and in this knowledge economy, says chairman and founder of the virtual works Jonathan Hall, you need to concentrate on retaining your people if you want your business to survive. According to Gallup’s latest report, engaged organisations have: • A 10% better customer retention rate than other organisations which are not engaged, • A 21% better productivity level than their rivals, • 147% better earnings-per-share than their competitors, and • 90% better growth trends that their competitors. So there is ample benefit for your bottom line to institute an employee engagement plan! Why do engaged staff outperform their disengaged counterparts? At a presentation entitled Aligning and engaging employees for future advantage, Hall offered a very interesting explanation about why engaged employees perform better than their non-engaged counterparts. He said that when people are excited, happy and feel that they belong in a company, they release a number of chemicals in their brains which make them feel inspired, creative and ready to work. When people feel demotivated . . .
In the current tough economic climate, businesses are in survival mode. People need to work harder than ever before to get recognition from the companies they work for. Unfortunately, this gives rise to many disgruntled employees who feel that they are working at 150% capacity but are not getting rewarded for it. As such, these individuals are more than happy to “dip their hands in the payroll jar” to get what they feel they deserve from the company. Small businesses are especially prone to payroll fraud as they don’t have formal systems in place to prevent payroll fraud from happening. At the beginning of last month, at an interactive forum run by Accsys entitled Payroll in the 21st Century, CEO of Profile Software International David Brown, spoke about a number of forms of payroll fraud that you need to be aware of to ensure the health of your company’s payroll. Buddy punching is not just about giving your friend a black eye... Brown indicated that this type of payroll fraud originated with the old punch card system where people would punch their friends in to make it seem as if they were at work. This type of fraud would only work if there was a single point to get in and out of the operation. Don’t let your company be haunted by ghost employees! Ghost employees, as the name indicates, are employees who are “ghosts” in your organisation but are very much present on your payroll and draw a salary. These types of employees are very easy to create and can be created by anyone who has access to your HR system. All you need to create a ghost employee is a valid ID number. Be careful that your employees’ discharge is not delayed Another very popular form of payroll fraud is delayed discharge. What this means is that if an employee is discharged on 31 October, his third-party deductions – e.g. medical aid deductions, pension fund, etc. – will be stopped but his gross salary will continue to be paid into his bank account. He will continue to be . . .