Tag Archives: hannah rudman
I’ve been thinking and writing recently about digital ethics, considering whether we are putting technology infrastructure ahead of people and society. Its a challenging conversation that academia has engaged with, but that has previously been missing from Digital Transformation and IT professional practice.
Technology itself currently has little ethics or empathy – people become numbers, algorithms become the rules, and reality becomes what the data says (and what big data platforms fail to monitor or identify as fake). And yet we find ourselves at a point in a time where there are ethical issues of being a human in a digital age.
A couple of articles of mine, one on Digital Ethics and one I co-authored with Dr Nava Tintarev on Data Ethics have been hosted by Digit – a collaborative forum for news, views, opinions and insight; focusing on the digital economy and exploring the impact of technology on business and society.
From 2011 – 2015, Hannah undertook PhD research at the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing. The doctoral research studied the concepts, methodologies, and tools of The AmbITion Approach, and validated it as a framework for business transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. Hannah has been awarded the PhD and the thesis is available to read and download – see link opposite (please reference it: Rudman, H. (2015) A framework for the transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. Ph.D., Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh.).
A new theoretical and conceptual framework called Participatory Transformation has emerged from the work. Hannah’s cross-disciplinary research interest is in organisational transformation and exploring how enterprises that are impacted by disruptions (be they digital, social, economic, or environmental) can successfully and sustainably transform. The work crosses the fields of Information Systems (IS), Business and Management, Design, and creative practice, and is undertaken through the qualitative, interpretive, mixed methodologies of participatory action research.
Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is a rurally based artist residency centre. Offering workshop facilities, technical expertise and curatorial support, the programme supports hundreds of artists every year. Alongside this SSW runs a series of curatorial enquiries, focusing on landscape, craft, material and the commons.
SSW has undergone significant change over the last five years, from major Capital Development to new staff and programme structure. Working with Hannah Rudman and The AmbITion Approach, SSW developed a digital strategy to transform their organisation.
This was then used to discuss the organisations aims for the future, in order to create a strategy that would enable them to envision their short, mid and long-term needs more clearly. This enabled SSW to put in place a strategy and business plan that works with their programming, budget, and staff capacity, with goals that are achievable as well as highlighting areas in which they can raise aspirations to embrace a more advanced digital technologies.
A key part of this activity was the participation of all staff members. Through all staff participating in the new vision and strategy, they have taken on ownership of improving our digital capabilities and the whole team are able to move forward together.
Take a look at their report opposite to learn more about SSW’s process.
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Last year I was invited to address Scotland’s national conference for microenterprises – Small is Beautiful. You can watch my talk “It’s Easy Being Green (with digital)” opposite.
Related to that, I’m on the panel at the 2020 Climate Group event Digital Changes Everything on 16th February, 5pm at St. Paul’s & St. George’s Church, Edinburgh. The keynote speaker, Ian Abbott Donnelly, will focus on using digital technology to address climate change and will provide an opportunity to see live examples of digital work in climate change from inspiring innovators.
Ian is a member of IBM Academy of Technology and specialises in using the tools of information science to drive improvement in resilience and sustainability. Sign up to come along!
On behalf of The 2020 Climate Group (@2020climategrp), it was a real privilege for me to interview Lady Susan Rice, of Lloyds Banking Group, about the importance of #climatejustice and what the Lloyds Banking Group is doing internally around reducing business travel. She speaks also about how the group is helping client businesses to make changes towards lower carbon behaviours. This interview was recorded at the inaugural International Conference for Climate Justice in Edinburgh.
This case study from Rudman Consulting’s AmbITion Scotland programme reveals Creative Carbon Scotland‘s digital development claimexpenses.com. The tool was developed with support from Sustainable AmbITion, a fund which focussed on utilising digital technologies for better environmental sustainability. Reflecting on the development of claimexpenses.com, users from Festivals Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as the tool’s creators Creative Carbon Scotland, explain the benefits and outcomes to Hannah Rudman.
Uist Wool is a community benefit society that will operate a new spinning mill and wool centre on the island of Grimsay. Uist Wool is based on the principles of People, Planet, Profit: seeking to benefit the many, establishing sustainable practices and creating a viable enterprise to support the communities of the Outer Hebrides.
They established the business by thinking through the implications of digital tools and opportunities for all aspects of the enterprise using The AmbITion Approach. Despite the challenges of lack of superfast broadband connectivity, Uist Wool’s customers and suppliers; the operations of the mill, shop and office; the business models and the products’ channels to market were all considered through a digital lens.
Hear Uist Wool describing their journey of first building the business’ strategy through The AmbITion Approach:
Uist Wool – AmbITion Approach Case Study Podcast.
Following their strategic digital development, Uist Wool now tells the story through the lovely Issuu digital publication opposite of how – with continued support from Hannah and AmbITion Scotland – the digital infrastructure, business models, and communications channels have been built at the same time as the mill and centre being built on Grimsay.
This AmbITion Scotland case study in digital development sees Hannah Rudman telling the story of the virtual world digital content development that The Scape Trust have created at Timespan Arts & Heritage Centre & Museum, following a community archaeology project in Brora, a remote part of North East Scotland.
Using Kinect technology (Microsoft XBox) in the museum, and 3D virtual reality software and the evidence from the archaeological dig, the 16th Century salt pans of Brora remain with us for exploration at Timespan and online, although coastal erosion means they’re actually currently disappearing into the sea.
Watch and enjoy!
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Speaking on the subject of Event Horizon, Hannah considered the opportunities and impacts of disruptive existing and emerging digital technologies on cultural events and experiences in her keynote speech on 17th February.
On 18th February, Hannah also led a workshop: Joined Up Digital, that considered The AmbITion Approach, the change approach and toolkit created by Rudman Consulting for digital development across the whole of the organisation/practice. Participants were introduced to the AmbITion Approach, successfully used by over 100 organisations in the UK to develop digital strategies and implementation plans that join up across artistic practice, audience engagement, operations and business models.
Australasian Leisure Management Magazine reported the talk, and featured an article by Hannah Rudman, ArtsHub Australia also published a review of the keynote.
The National Piping Centre has been working to raise its live streaming capability and capacity through the support of Rudman Consulting‘s digital development programme, AmbITion Scotland. This case study shows how they’ve increased the reach and scale of live events from the centre, generating a new income stream. And their unusual wind powered assets, the Highland Bagpipe, have also been saving carbon footprint, as the performers don’t have to tour internationally if concerts from Glasgow can be made digitally available!
Hannah Rudman goes to meet the team on the eve of a live streamed concert: