Next Edgeware program to start 20 March at the Noosa Regional Gallery.
For more information contact the Gallery 5449 5340
POSTCARD FROM EDGEWARE
MAKE MONEY, HAVE FUN, CHANGE THE WORLD
"The first and paramount responsibility is to manage self; one's own integrity, character, ethics, knowledge, wisdom, temperament, words and acts."
Dee Hock, founder, Visa Corporation and the Chaordic Commons
Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa Shire Council Economic Strategies and Innovations and Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship (in partnership with Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE)
An alternative, fast-tracked startup business education for early-stage entrepreneurs
EDGEWARE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Business Education for the Knowledge Economy
Grass Roots Ethical Business Building
Networking Emerging Entrepreneurs
We are calling for expressions of interest in a 12-week ethical business building program in Noosa. Two will be offered this financial year:
Noosa Edgeware 1 (NEW 01) - November 2006 - March 2007 (with an 7 week summer interval)
Noosa Edgeware 2 (NEW 02) - March - June 2007
Info on how to express your interest below.
The Edgeware program is offered to between 10 and 15 participants at a subsidised fee. It is delivered through a set of presentation/workshops over 12 weeks, backed up by online interactions and services, and value added by informal interactions among the participants themselves, and with local entrepreneurs.
The idea is commercial and pragmatic. Five accredited and transferable TAFE units are delivered during the program, but its tangible outcomes are workable new enterprises. The idea is also altruistic, and works with an 'organisational DNA' of ethical practice, social responsibility, sustainability, mutuality, a sense of play and a sense of humour.
• NEW 01 - 7 November-14 December '06, 3 February-9 March '07
• NEW 02 - 20 March - 13 June '07
Presenters, Coaches, Mentors, Critical Friends
The Edgeware idea stresses authentic, real-world interactions and the actual business of business building. Its presentations are delivered by successful, inspiring local business people who know the ropes, the joys and disappointments, and are willing to share their stories and expertise. These people are drawn from any industry; the critical elements are their knowledge, experience, creativity, savvy and passion.
Apart from the (roughly fortnightly) presentations, coaches, mentors and critical friends become involved with Edgeware participants in a variety of ways. This is open-ended and open-source: Edgeware in this sense just provides a platform and exchange, brokering connections and learning opportunities. People get themselves motivated, know who they are, and do what they must. This interpersonal dimension is central to the Edgeware idea, the dimension most acknowledged by participants, the Edgies, in past programs. (More info on the website, updated as planning proceeds and presenters are confirmed)
What Does it Cost?
$495 (incl GST) (Participation discounted through a partnership with Sunshine Coast TAFE)
Edgeware is an entrepreneurship and business-building model that emerged from recent QUT research in the commercialisation of intellectual property in the creative industries. With its roots in the creative industries, it is finding wider application through its recognition of the generic value of creativity in developing new business. It focuses on the self-development and self-actualisation of the entrepreneur at the heart of the new enterprise, a conception of the entrepreneur as a whole person living an examined life, concerned with ethical practice, social responsibility, mutuality … and a sense of humour.
The Edgeware concept was piloted in 2005 and two deliveries (by Edgeware as a private company) have occurred this year in Brisbane, with strong outcomes. 27 people have completed the program, creating 17 new businesses and 10 new profit centres for existing businesses. It is a practical, handson blend of 'education' (courseware & competency), 'incubation' (business services and support) and 'interaction' (personal development & capability). It is entirely experiential, based on the actual building of businesses.
Our experience so far is that the group(s) continue to meet, in various configurations, after the 12 weeks, helping each other through the critical early days of new business, and just networking. Many of the early Edgies continue to meet, and some do business with each other.
Expression of Interest - To express interest in participating in the program, respond to the attached form and return by email too: Vanessa Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
By: (for NEW 01): 20 October 2006
Successful applicants will be notified by: 24 October 2006
(Noosa Council - Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa Shire Council Economics Strategies and Innovation, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE)