Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key drivers for economic progress and success

  • 11-13-2011

Joy White | flexuk.org

Published 13 November 2011

All over the United Kingdom, young people from ordinary backgrounds are using their interest in music to create and develop small and micro businesses. And yet, very little is heard about this, instead we hear an endless refrain regarding the 'trouble with young people' in terms of gangs, knives and of course being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). It seems that those in power only ever look in one direction for solutions to what is a complex and multi layered issue.

Instead of yet another task force or action plan, I suggest the aforementioned entrepreneurs would be a good place to begin to identify, not just the problems, but also the solutions particularly in terms of role models and mentoring for 14 - 25 year olds."

I recently presented a research paper at Stanford University which explores the issues in more detail and had a discussion on BBC Radio London which cited Jamal Edwards. However, there are many more young people who are using the opportunities that grime presents to develop new identities as artists and entrepreneurs instead of 'underachievers'.

A pdf of the full paper can be downloaded from www.flexuk.org. There is also film footage on Youtube http://youtu.be/Kmm-jZy2Bbg

This is one of the first times that grime has been brought into the academy and I'd be interested to know what other people think.


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