What inspires you?
It’s a mystery
Which leadership development programme did you attend?
Artists Practitioner Placement
Why did you choose the programme?
It provided an opportunity for exchange of knowledge, for skills enhancement, networking and learning. Outwardly it allowed scope for venue and district development and eventually city development in which creativity might be incorporated to leadership
How do you relax?
Various, most often whistling
What single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?
What is your greatest fear?
Continued leadership models which lack ethical and practical focus.
What pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?
Go brave and keep on whistling
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I don’t do guilt – at least not in the same sentence as pleasure. Guilt usually arises as a result of some accidental cock up. Pleasure comes along both accidentally and on purpose.
What words or phases do you most overuse?
What has been your most challenging situation as a leader?
Being outgunned and out resourced by more powerful forces
What did you learn from that experience?
Language and images are powerful & influential tool - but no match for real power and authority
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Continuing the adventure with language and images
Which book(s) are you reading at the moment?
Charles Landry ; The Creative City Herman Melville ; Moby Dick Sarah Glynn ; Where The Other Half Live Donald Schon ; The Reflective Practitioner Vandana Shiva ; Earth Democracy Vandana Shiva ; Biopiracy
Which 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?
Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein, Anna Minton as thought leaders Simon Jenkins, Charles Clover and Charlie Brooker as leadership reflectors Mark Thomas, Michael Moore and the Calypsonian ‘ Gypsy’ who expose leaky leadership
Where would you like to live?
Exactly where I do live - in the Toxteth Victorian Townhouse Liverpool City Council threaten to demolish, since you ask.
Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?
Much creative leadership is squashed, leaving instead power dense ‘followships’ – which are wrapped as leadership. Actions speak more broadly than words, you could say ‘louder than words’, but the volume of listeners is of more interest to me than the volume of the sound with which they are spoken to. I had more knowledge than I had realised
What is your favourite smell?
S**t hitting the fan
If you were a super hero, what would your power be?
The power to have people think from many viewpoints The power to whistle or sing any song I hear
Have you found your leadership development beneficial?
Too soon to know
I’m only halfway though
For what cause would you die?
The same causes for which I live
What do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?
Continued practice as an artist Continued development of audience interfaces Beginning to use strategies from the above in pragmatic functioning leadership efforts
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Too many to mention
What would your 'leadership' motto be?
If you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?
Water, fire, satellite , knife, tarpaulin
What is your favourite song?
That’s a hard one. An easy-listening-for-leaders compilation would have to include; Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’, Buju Banton’s ‘Untold Stories’, Gipsy’s ‘The Sinking Ship’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Everybody Knows’.
What keeps you awake at night?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
Keep on thinking
Do you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?
Yes absolutely - too soon to say in which arena
Name: Nina Edge
Title: Associate Artist
Organisation: FACT ; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
Exhibitions, research, education and learning around primarily new media art. Cinema, bar, café and public building. International trader in its field as well as broker amongst local organisations. Commissioning agency and production house