We have been awarded a grant from British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economy Fund (DICE) to work collaboratively with Ketemu Project, a Creative Social Enterprise, based in Bali, Indonesia in the next year.
We thought it would be good to give you a bit of a background on how it happened, why we are doing it, and what the project looks like.
In the beginning there was… an Email
At the end of last year (2018) we received an email f(reads: kuh-tuh-moo, means to meet in Indonesian). In short, they said:
Salam (Greetings) from Bali-Indonesia.
I am Samantha, Director from Ketemu Project. I have learnt about The Arts Development Company from our research on creative social enterprises in the UK and I feel that in many ways our organizations have aligned vision and goals.
I am reaching out to you for a possible collaboration between the UK and Indonesia for the British Council DICE Fund.
Hope your team are open to discussing more about this opportunity, we are open a Skype chat anytime
We got excited when we received the email, and said yes almost immediately to setting up a chat with them.
On the call, they said that they planned to speak with 4 other UK Creative Social Enterprises. This made us nervous – “what if they don’t like us”, we panicked. Of course, we hit it off straight away (panic over!). The team at Ketemu sounded positive, creative and are doing so many interesting things – things that we wanted to hear more about.
A few days later they said they have chosen us to work with. We were really pleased, but also on edge as we had 3 weeks to submit an application.
DICE Fund – Developing Inclusive Creative Economy
What is this programme that we applied for? This British Council initiative supports the progress of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (below) to achieve a better and a more sustainable future for all.
DICE supports the growth of creative and social enterprise partnerships between Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK that are explicitly designed to:
- empower women and girls
- foster youth employment, and/or
- support the inclusion of disabled people and other marginalised groups
The below image explain the context of each chosen countries.
Our partnership with Ketemu
When Ketemu called us they already had a skeleton of an idea of wanting to extend their brilliant work, including around Schizophrenia. This has seen them initiate Indonesia’s first centre for Schizophrenia. From this experience they saw that people with disabilities in general have been neglected.
The idea was for ADC and Ketemu to help other creative enterprises to be more inclusive in their workforce, to support others to include people with disabilities and demonstrate that products made by people with disabilities can be profitable.
DICE and Ketemu’s ambitions match one of The Arts Development Company’s (ADC) own of tackling inequality in society by using the arts and creativity.
We then develop the programme Gerakan Kreabilitas (reads: guh-rah-kun ku-ray-ah-bee-lee-tas; Creability Movement in English, it is a combination of the word Creativity and Ability).
The programme will start with a four-day residential in Bali in June for 30 Indonesian creative enterprises.
Participants will be making connections and asked to develop products or services that they then need to pitch in a market to a panel of professionals. The successful pitches will then receive support from ADC and Ketemu to develop, produce, market and sell their products.
Here, ADC will be looking to support five young creatives to develop an idea for a product and themselves as young entrepreneurs.
We are looking to encourage people to design and develop products to bring to the market place, including fashion, craft, design, illustration and visual arts.
Our collaboration and programme was chosen out of 600 registered interest, and we are officially one out of 30 from these 6 countries.
We are very excited to have been chosen, because it means being involved from the beginning in positive global change, one that will help create an inclusive and sustainable economy.