Freelance creatives will be there, will you? May 2012

1. Marketing yourself as a Freelancer


May 23rd

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Freelance trade group PCG is organising this evening seminar to help non-marketing professionals market themselves as a one-person business. The free event will reveal what marketing practices work as a freelancer; what ones don’t, and how to use social media to promote yourself as an independent consultant. The open forum-style event will also provide attendees with an update on the taxman’s business entity tests and other changes to the freelance landscape.

2. Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012


Now- until June 1st

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As attendees or contributors to this region-specific celebration of digital, organisers want to hear from individuals working in animation, art, marketing, advertising, gaming, web design, television, social media, film, graphics, architecture, product design, or mobile technology.

Based around Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Brick Lane, a stream of digitally-centred events will focus on new ideas, spaces and innovations, as well as funding, branding, recruitment and mentoring. Gaming, research and networking pods, even parties, are also planned to make it a real celebration! Freelancers attending should consider the Freelancer Help and CV review session later today (and tickets are free to job-seekers).

3. The Charleston Festival

East Sussex

May 25th to June 3rd

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Inviting visitors to “dream new dreams and beat austerity gloom,” the Charleston Festival is where books, ideas and creativity bloom. Well-regarded artists, photographers, novelists, writers – and even heroic explorers, will feed into a range of thought-provoking workshops, debates and lectures on the latest literary and creative goings-on. Party-style celebrations will also be held - of Dickens’ bi-centenary; Captain Scott’s centenary; the re-launch of the Hogarth Press, the Olympics and the Jubilee.

4. Economics as if Life Mattered


May 25th

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To raise the importance of conservation in the current climate, the ZSL’s Institute of Zoology seeks input on the ways in which today’s global market economy hinders conservation. Attendees and guest speakers will identify damaging structures, practices and policies, while examining the current economic incentives used in conservation and their effectiveness. Current registration incurs a late fee of £10 in addition to the ticket price (£80 for non-institute members). Registrants should be prepared to tackle the key question: ‘If conservation of species was a guiding principle, what would our economy look like?’

5. National Business Awards


Now - until June 13th

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Want to impress clients? Keen to raise your profile? Or are you just eager prove that your creativity or expertise is unparalleled? Then the National Business Awards – hunting for the pride of British business – is a must-enter. Freelancers and independent consultant are likely to jostle in the entries for the Orange Innovation award, Best Entrepreneur, Small Online Business of the year and Best Start-up, and potentially even Best E-commerce Strategy.

6. Social Media Influence Conference


June 12th

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Now in its seventh year, SMI will next month reveal how companies can succeed in a tough economy by adapting to the latest social media, mobile innovations and tools. The one-day event will also feature that narrow pool of executives who have a track-record in successfully exploiting mobile or social media innovation. Alongside bags of practical advice, a snapshot of their visions for the future is promised.

7. Festival of Education


June 23rd-24th

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For an event-packed weekend next month, leading education, business and entertainment figures will come together to straighten out all the trending issues in education. So expect fierce and passionate debate about coding, free schools, league tables, pupil behaviour, internships, brain science, quality of teaching and tuition fees. There will also be a focus on happiness and well-being in schools alongside the all-important question of how to make the UK’s schools better.

8. La Mer Oceans Global Photography Contest


Until July 31st

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Online-only submissions for a chance to win a unique trip on the seas of North America’s Pacific North West from National Geographic Expeditions, which has launched the contest with La Mer. Ocean-related images are the main criteria, including but not limited to shorelines; close-ups of waves, marine sea life, sea kelp, coral, people enjoying the ocean, sailing, long-boarding, surfing and fishing.

9. ‘If I ran the BBC…’


June 18th

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Hot on the heels of the BBC announcing it will soon appoint a new director-general, an A-list media panel will explore how the successful candidate should respond to the challenges and opportunities of the high-profile role in a testing climate. The Guardian’s Media Editor Dan Sabbagh will chair the evening debate at The Cavendish Conference Centre.

10. The Use of the Camera


June 12th

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Join a panel debate seeking to answer the central question, ‘Is photography the perfect medium to illustrate big ideas?’ Whether political and personal change can really take place by looking at photographs, or can only be symbolic when we are presented with pleasing aesthetics, will also be considered. Jennifer Pollard, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication will be participating.


23rd May 2012

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