This month’s book was Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky
This was the first of these regular discussions that I had attended, and I enjoyed the experience more than most meetings that I attend at the University. This was because everyone wanted to make a contribution, and there were varying views as to the quality and content of the book. Despite being “ a suit from CDC” I was treated like a human being , and felt that people actually listened to what contribution I made to the debate.
The ‘Creative Industries Book Club’ (CIBC) meets monthly in the School of Media (www.mediacourses.com), Birmingham City University to discuss research, policy papers and other publications pertaining to creative and cultural industries. Members are drawn from school staff and those associated with the ‘Interactive Cultures’ Research Centre and those from local creative industry agencies and indeed from the industries themselves. The group work in much the same way as many informal book groups do: a member nominates a work for all to read and presents their review at the next meeting.