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5 Astronaut Attributes To Propel Your Business To New Heights In 2014

 

Mathematically speaking you have a better chance of growing up and winning an olympic medal, and then getting away with murder than you have of becoming an astronaut – and that’s just to be accepted into a space program, not to actually explore the most hostile environment known to man, in what is essentially a tin can that has to return home safely in one piece.

The insurmountable odds astronauts constantly encounter during their career and their ability to somehow overcome them is truly remarkable, this is in part a testament to their unique character.

The exemplary character traits and attitude of the humble astronaut and the usefulness of adopting and applying these attributes to our daily business dealings, is something that has perhaps been underexplored by modern self-development literature. Read more…

7 Awesome Art Installations

Art installations have the power to inspire a community and can prompt people travelling miles and miles to see them. From complex, high-tech works through to the simplest constructions we love to see creativity brought to life and shared with other people. These are some of our favourites.

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Bloc Party’s New Music Video ‘Ratchet’

We’re big fans of Bloc Party at Concept Cupboard HQ and ‘excited’ is a huge understatement when I found out about their latest release ‘Ratchet’.

Cyriak, who are known to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and After Effects for many projects have conjured up this latest piece for the London band. A surreal delight of creativity, it’s really hard to not be absorbed by this video so grab a cider, kick back and enjoy.

There is something truly incredible about music videos and a sense of nostalgia comes across in waves as I look to be sat back in front of MTV or Kerrang TV watching the latest hits as a teenager.

Business On The Go: Past, Present And Future

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Business on the go

In our office we tend to have some really random conversations, ranging from normal everyday topics to discussions that cannot and should not be ever repeated again.

The other day we were having a civil discussion, talking about the ‘good old’ days and this got me thinking because of the work we do with businesses here at Concept Cupboard. How has business on the go changed and what is likely to happen in the future?

For some of you reading this, it’ll be a fond trip down memory lane and for others you’ll probably wonder how the hell people got any business done. So lets roll back the years… Read more…

Crowdsourcing Is The Answer To Youth Unemployment And Giving Business A Boost

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Giving young people a chance

Somewhere, at some point, in all of our careers someone has taken a chance on us.

The chance, no matter how small, has formed part of the complex journey to where you find yourself today.

I’ve been fortunate throughout my life to have many people, from family to strangers, to take a number of chances on me. So to these people I say thank you.

However, I still see so many young people with drive, ambition and a will to change the world. Sometimes all they need is a chance to get started. To provide that gentle guidance to make the most of those first steps to making a real difference in the world. This post is about taking that chance on someone.

There are currently 1 in 5 young people in the UK who are able to work, yet are not been able to secure employment. I know we are all barraged with depressing statistics everyday and so become desensitised sometimes but let that really sink in this time.

1 in 5.

Breaking the vicious circle of experience

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There has to be a better way in which opportunities are created and a level playing field offered to those who are desperate for a chance to break into industry.

One of the biggest obstacles out there at the moment is that youngsters are stuck in the vicious circle that in order to get a job they need experience. Gah! I still remember feeling this frustration daily until someone took a chance on me.

It’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of great schemes out there making a difference already. There are some truly great internship and apprenticeship programmes where youngsters are gaining valuable experience. The thing is though, even big corporations like the BBC can only take on so many of these kinds of placements a year. A big part of the solution is helping startups and smaller companies take young people on but at the same time reduce any perceived risk of doing so.

In the interim though there needs to be a system of inclusion that allows a significant number of young people the opportunity to participate in real work whilst helping to develop their skills and provide that ever so valuable ‘experience’.

Finding the solution

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The answer to the problem is crowdsourcing.

We’re working tirelessly at Concept Cupboard to provide a solution that brings both a benefit to businesses, primarily SMEs, and hard working students and graduates who just need that first opportunity to show what they are truly capable of.

The advantage of crowdsourcing is that it can be carried out virtually. Allowing anyone with an internet connection to start participating. To start lending their voice and ideas to a problem that in turn brings them experience, exposure and the foundations of something much bigger.

There is no limit to how many people pitch their thoughts and creativity against a problem, allowing for mass inclusion and a chance to tackle a real problem with which to cut their teeth on.

Education in the UK is fantastic in many ways but more and more it is struggling to keep up with disruptive industries that are creating jobs that weren’t around even 5 years ago. We need to pursue more practical routes to training with a laser focus on addressing the growing skills gap between those leaving education and the marketplace.

It’s up to all of us

Working on real projects put out by businesses who can use the next generations insight into the new digital economy is an essential part of how we’re going to kickstart the economy again. Big corporates, whilst playing a big part in addressing this problem, are not going to be the silver bullet. It’s down to the rest of us to move fast, innovate and take a chance on the next generation.

We’re just scratching the surface with Concept Cupboard at the moment but we’re seeing some really great results so far. However, this is a massive undertaking and every small business across the country is going to have to bear the mantle on this one. It’s time for everyone to help start tackling this issue before it becomes ‘too big’ to solve.

The time has come to change not just the rules of how young people are given a chance but the entire game.

 

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Introducing you to the new Concept Cupboard portfolios!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes at Concept Cupboard to bring you brand spanking new creative portfolios!

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We knew it was a priority to let the work do the talking and so have focussed on a clean yet bold approach to really let you showcase your best work. We want clients and other creatives to be in awe of the amazing work that our students and graduates are capable of.

As well as creating a platform where work can shine we also had to tie in our mission to help  young creative talent break into industry. We do this by bringing real creative briefs, with real  budgets to our creative community in which they can cut their teeth on anything from logo design through to film & animation.This is why we now allow you to highlight the work you’ve submitted on the site with the briefs that you’ve responded to whether you’ve won a brief or not.

Talking to a lot of prospective employers we know that they want to see how creatives respond to a brief and Concept Cupboard is now a great way to do that. We tie together creative projects, submissions and testimonials to show a true representation of how amazing this next generation truly is.

 Creative Portfolio Example

Another reason for crafting your portfolio on Concept Cupboard is that we’ll be able to connect you with potential employers. From small freelance jobs through to large agency placements we need to have something to show them on your behalf and those creatives with completed portfolios will the be the first we approach.

For too long now we’ve seen the vicious circle that young people are stuck in. You can’t get a job without experience and in order to get experience you need a job. Frustrating. We’re confident that these portfolios will be another step towards helping solve this problem.

Your new portfolios can be found by going to the following address: http://www.conceptcupboard.com/USERNAME

They’re free to use and always will be.

Once you’ve got it all in order make sure to tweet us @conceptcupboard with your portfolio link and we’ll be more than happy to help share your work around the web!

If you haven’t already registered on the site and want to showcase all of your work for FREE then make sure to join us today.

Make Good Art: Neil Gaimans University of the Arts Commencement Speech.

“I wish you luck. Luck is useful. Often you will discover that the harder you work and the more wisely you work the luckier you will get”

This is truly an essential watch for anyone who aspires to be happy and creative in their lives. Neil Gaiman provides some fantastic anecdotes, advice and more in this inspirational and funny commencement speech at the University of the Arts in 2012.

29 Ways to Stay Creative

29 ways to stay creative

Absolutely love this infographic from Islam Abudaoud. You should check out his work which can be found here.

It’s important to mix things up and often to make sure you don’t get creative burnout. Approach the unknown with wonder and keep on learning.

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