News from the Net Feb 2014 – watch!
Since 2009, the AmbITion Scotland programme has been helping Scotland’s cultural community get digitally fitter through providing organisational support, change facilitation and strategic development. After five great years its time to focus on the future.
The national programme has provided capability, confidence, capacity building, learning opportunities and funding. It has facilitated new connections within the digital media, technology and higher education sectors. This has enabled Scottish arts, culture and heritage organisations to take advantage of the opportunities of digital technologies, becoming more efficient in their operations. It has helped organisations become more innovative in their business models, experimental in their art and content creation, and effective in their engagement with the public.
AmbITion Scotland has been managed by Culture Republic these past five years in partnership with The AmbITion Approach’s creator, Rudman Consulting. The programme has been supported by The National Lottery funds via Creative Scotland.
AmbITion Scotland’s impact:
However, in the context of Creative Scotland’s Spring 2014 review of funding programmes and overall strategy, the AmbITion Scotland programme is coming to a close. Digital remains a crosscutting theme throughout Creative Scotland’s draft strategic plan and Creative Scotland’s approach to supporting digital development will be published in due course.
AmbITion Scotland’s online resources will stay up-to-date over the near future, featuring new case studies from Make:IT:Happen funded organisations. We invite you to browse these now to inspire you in your own digital ambitions.
The programme’s core methodology, The AmbITion Approach, will still be available and kept up-to-date by Rudman Consulting who are also developing AmbITion for other locations. Organisations seeking strategic development support can get in touch with Hannah Rudman for help keeping focus on their core mission and purpose in a world continuously impacted by disruptive digital technologies.
As Scotland’s new cultural engagement hub, Culture Republic is committed to making sure that digital development support remains accessible to Scotland’s cultural sector.
Stakeholders will be invited to stay on Culture Republic’s mailing list to make sure that they know about these opportunities.
Project manager Ashley Smith Hammond and programme administrator Ela Zych Watson will remain part of the Culture Republic team. Please continue to bring us your ideas and suggestions; we are here to help. If you have any further questions about these changes please do not hesitate to get in touch[email protected] & [email protected].
The AmbITion Scotland team are hugely proud of what has been achieved both by its participants and the programme. Thank you everyone!
Posted 1 April 2014
Though the Make:IT:Happen fund is currently closed, there are many other sources of funding for digital projects.
AmbITion Scotland has made Make:IT:Happen fund awards to 59 different organisations all over the country – from the Central Belt to the Western Isles to Moray and the Kingdom of Fife.