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Online Event
Thu 11 Jun

Upgrade Yourself: Peer Exchange with Akil Benjamin

Thu 11 Jun 2020
13.00 – 14.30
Streamed Live

Join Akil Benjamin of COMUZI for this Peer Exchange session, where he presents his engaging and practical workshop on how to develop a sustainable creative practise to pay your bills.

Akil’s online workshop will give you the chance to identify and take away a personal plan to apply to your own creative practice which may help you start generating revenue, during the session, we will be covering: 

  • Your creative vision  
  • How to develop a method around customer research and how you can sell your creative work 
  • How to find the minimal resources required, personally accessible to you, to set up your creative practice 
  • How to develop a go-to-market strategy 

Throughout you will have the chance to ask questions via our social platforms and Twitch.

Upgrade Yourself: Peer Exchange is our new digital strand of the Creative Careers & Skills programme at Somerset House, bringing you fortnightly bite-size snippets of information, innovation and inspiration over lunch-time sessions.

We’re reaching out and connecting you to our Somerset House Studios Artist community, various colleagues of Somerset House Trust, Somerset House Exchange Members as well as with our peers and industry friends within the wider creative industries.

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About the Speaker

Akil Benjamin is Head of Research and Strategy at COMUZI. He works with global organisations to make new products, services and experiences for their customers. Currently COMUZI works with Wellcome Trust and Southwark Council but their client list includes, Mozilla, Asos, adidas, Samsung and many more. Akil is also Director of M&C Saatchi Saturday School, where he teach communities nationwide the basics of business. 

This year they have a goal to teach 1000 people and are already 20% there. They’re still looking to reach another 100 participants through remote classes. Additionally, the Saturday School have premade learning materials they are willing to share if attendees need it, covering business planning, getting started with digital marketing, wellbeing at work and business finance essentials. These tools have proven valuable for anyone starting out a creative career as they get their head in the know to make a living from their work. 

Comuzi work with inventive companies to explore, imagine and prototype future-forward creative concepts for human-centered technology. With a speciality in the invention of new products, services and experiences created with a radical, inclusive and ethical approach, Comuzi's creative process spans design research, service design, interaction design, ideation workshops, advanced prototyping and immersive future scenarios. The studio’s approach is grounded in the Launchpad Programme – finding and turning real human problems into opportunities and solutions via working prototypes and proof of concepts with clear insights and steps to move forward.