Collaboration is central to most of what we do, or at least, what we try to do, whether this is in academia, the creative industries, or other organisational settings. In this third Digital Salon, Dundee, 10 September 2014, we began to unpick some of the lessons learned uncovering best practice in how to collaborate.

We had two excellent provocateurs to set the scene, Bryan Beattie from Creative Services Scotland and Dr Niall MacKenzie, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde.

Bryan Beattie, Creative Services Scotland

Bryan BeattieBryan Beattie is the Director of Creative Services Scotland, one of the country’s leading and longest established cultural consultancies, and its production and publishing subsidiary company, Big Sky, whose recent work includes a 26 part radio series on BBC Scotland, the environment-cultural ‘live documentary’ Infinite Scotland, and the traditional music-Scots language primer The Boy and the Bunnet. He was Expert Adviser to two Ministers of Culture and Strategic Adviser to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Originally from Dundee he is now based in the Highlands.

Dr Niall MacKenzie, Strathclyde Business School

Niall MacKenzieNiall joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, as Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Family Business in July 2012. Since joining the Hunter Centre, Niall has worked on two creative industries projects – the Scottish Universities Insights Institute funded ‘New Horizons for the Cultural Industries’ and the NESTA/AHRC/Creative Scotland funded Digital R&D for the Arts in Scotland. He is currently a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Business History in Scotland at the University of Glasgow and Treasurer of the Association of Business Historians.

See the video of the discussion:
Here’s the Storify of the discussion:

The Digital Salons examined contemporary understandings of knowledge exchange. By critically reflecting on the boundaries, language and values of approaches to collaborations between academia, industry, and third sectors, the salons explored the skills required for successful collaborations.