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Placement Presentation

Last night at 7pm was my presentation for the placement module of my MA (the reason why I have been blogging!). I thought I’d share the presentation and the content with you here, feel free to leave comments or suggestions on how you prepare for presentations, and combat those nerves!

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Placement Update

Over the past couple of weeks I have worked on a number of blog posts for the Fierce Earth blog, worked on general documents for Fierce and helped Simon with the Fierce Christmas Card…something worth getting excited about!

On Tuesday was the Fierce Christmas Dinner at the Red Lion in Hockley (one of Helga’s favourite new pubs) it was loooovely! Food was great, company even better with bonus of Secret Santa and paper hats! Now I’m feeling suitably festive!

I have been working on my presentation which is looming…7pm on Monday 15th, and since I scrapped my original I have now started all over again with the focus on “what I have learned, what I want to learn now” and so on…

This is when I thank my blog so I can refer to all those things which I have done and become self-reflective, in a practical way!

What do you think I have learned? I have achieved my learning outcomes?

As you can see this is still work in progress…help!

Report Planning

This week I went into the offices on Thursday only and Helga was away on the Metapod Fast Forward residential. My first task was to write a blog for the Fierce Earth site about this detailing the exciting speakers planned.

I then used the time in the office to plan my report which will be part of my assessment for the placement module. Looking online I found a little bit of advice on how to write an academic report from here.

So this is how it looks so far:

1. Cover
2. Title Page
3. Acknowledgements
4. Contents
5. Executive Summary
6. Aims and Objectives
a. Placement Brief, My Aims and Objectives
b. Brief History of Fierce Earth
c. Organisational Structure
d. Inter-company Structure
e. Products and Services
f. Customers and Clients
g. Current Context
h. Placement Period
i. Given Tasks
7. Literature Review: Source Material, key theories, reading etc.
8. Methodologies: Data Collection etc
9. Portfolio: Look at Product/Services Data collected
10. Analysis of findings
11. Conclusions
12. Recommendations
13. References

What do you think? Is there an easier way to plan my report?

I have a meeting with my tutor arranged on Tuesday, so I will probably have another go at planning and will start to write sections – any feedback you have to offer is appreciated…on any postings!

Thursday 30th October 2008

My first task for Thursday was to blog about the 079 Exhibition in Wolverhampton supported by Creative Republic for the Fierce Earth blog. The 079 Exhibition featured artists from the Something Foundation and one of them being Dean Melbourne. (An ex-Metapod Participant and I met at a Creative Republic meeting amongst others).

By the way if you haven’t taken a peak at Dean’s blog ‘From Perfume to Birdsong’ you MUST take a peak…I got lost in it one afternoon whilst I was supposed to be working. His drawings are captivating and so are the insights into his creativity and introductions to his creative friends. In fact, go now!

Exhibition date: 1st – 14th Nov 2008
04 Lichfield Passage, Wolverhampton WV1 1DZ

To follow I was working with Kevin and the North East Project and he required me to write an Executive Summary to the Branding Focus Groups held in August.

He also asked I put together a blog post on Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ now in Sao Paolo but previously commissioned as part of and launch of this years Fierce! Festival.

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ sees pianos delivered to the streets of Birmingham and now Sao Paolo: http://www.pianosderua.com.br/, for the public to use and take ownership. Each piano creating its own narrative and shared experience, these were then uploaded on the sites where the world can see these interconnected stories and lives.

I was also given some research to do for a act called Reverend Billy, so before the end of the day I spent watched a couple of forwarded YouTube clips…here for your enjoyment:

Back in the Saddle

Following my holiday I was back in the Fierce Offices on Thursday and Friday last week, Helga is on holiday until 20th, Kevin was away and Simon was ill.

Before I went in Helga had sent me ideas for the Fierce Earth blogFierce Encounters at the Biennial.

I am also planning and researching more seriously for my upcoming assignments. I have been researching business modelling theories and methodologies and then trying to apply these to what I know about Fierce. I found a couple of online business links:

http://www.slideshare.net/Alex.Osterwalder/business-model-templatehttp://business-model-design.blogspot.com/

I do have more stuff and I promise to list it all when I have finished in a resources section…

Once completed the blog, I began to make sure I had all the documents possible for Fierce Earth and Fierce! Festival ready for my evaluation of there business and my experiences within it.

I also looked at what I may need to complete my evaluation of the company. One idea I had is to develop a questionnaire for present employees and past and present clients of Fierce to get a picture of how others view Fierce.

I’d began my presentation a while back when assessment was a distant thought but I needed to plan some content. This is how far I got:

1. Cover
2. Aims
3. Rationale
4. Fierce Background
5. Fierce Earth Ltd: Mission Statement
6. FE: Company Structure
7. FE: Products and Services: Events and Project Management; Training and Development; Consultancy.
8. Some Consultancy Clients
9. General Customers and Clients
10. Fierce! Festival Ltd: Mission Statement
11. F!F Projects
12. F!F Funders
13. My Placement Experience: Events; Content; Networking.
14. Outcomes
15. FE: SWOT
16. Recommendations
17. Thankyou – Questions

Does anyone have any suggestions on anything else I would need to add, this is a draft plan…any suggested business models or examples of industry best practice? Just let me know below…

The presentation is to be no longer than 30 minutes and comprises 20% of my mark.

20% is on oral examination
50% 7,500 word report

These will all be submitted at the same time.

I now need to identify other examples of best practice, management methodologies that I can apply to Fierce, and feedback from my peers.

The great news is that I will be staying on for my next module with Fierce which is Production.