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  • The Biscuit Factory 4-6 Anderson Place Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 5NP United Kingdom (map)

Delic presents discussion and Q&A:

The Future of Creativity 

Kicking off Paradigm's Workshop and Talk sessions with a panel discussion and Q&A, the team from Edinburgh-based start-up Delic has assembled an insightful panel from across the UK sector, to focus on where our creativity may be headed in the age of AI.


John Maxwell Hobbs, CEO
Kim Simpson, Senior Producer In Between Time, Bristol International Festival
Ben Southworth, Chief of The Impossible, Unicorn Hunt
Caroline Parkinson, Interface Scotland

John Maxwell Hobbs


Media consultant, internet pioneer, and BBC Scotland’s former Head of Technology, John Maxwell Hobbs has worked at the intersection of art and technology for over 20 years. He recently conceived and developed BBC Music’s initiative with PRS Foundation and BASCA to foster, promote, and commission new British songwriters.

Joining the BBC in 2006 to launch BBC Scotland’s 21st Century broadcasting facility, Pacific Quay, John oversaw PQ’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games coverage, and coverage of the Scottish Referendum. He launched BBC ALBA, Scotland’s Gaelic television channel, and developed the BBC’s first fully tapeless, HD workflow. 

In New York City, as Ericsson’s Head of Creative Development for CyberLab, John lead mobile internet development and helped to create the Delphi Pad, a forerunner of devices like the iPad.  Heavily involved in the internet start-up scene in New York City, he worked for EarthWeb, one of the first dotcoms to go public.

He produced performances by DJ Spooky, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and others during his time as the Producing Director of The Kitchen, the celebrated avant-garde performance space in New York City.

As a composer, John has released several CDs and composed scores for a number of independent short films

Kim Simpson

Senior Producer In Between Time, Bristol International Festival

Kim Simpson is an artist, producer and cultural manager working in Glasgow, Bristol and internationally across the arts, screen and creative industries. Founding director of Shift, her clients and collaborators include creative individuals and companies from a broad range of disciplines from dance and performance to film, design, science and technology.

Kim’s particular skills and interests relate to exploring creativity, the ecology of the arts and creative sectors, organisational and individual development, effective communication and collaboration. She enjoys the duality of working on strategy, structure and organisation as well as creatively on the development of ideas, concepts and artistic process. She is also committed to her own continued professional development and sharing learning with her community through collaboration.

Kim has worked within a range of international contexts and has built relationships across Europe, Australia and Asia.  Prior to her career in arts management, Kim was a music promoter, band manager and Architecture student.

Kim has Hypermobility Syndrome, a complex multi-systemic genetic condition affecting connective tissues. This informs her practice in immeasurable ways.

Ben Southworth

Chief of the Impossible

Co-Founder of entrepreneurial events company 3beards, UnicornHunt & Techbikers – Ben is also founder of Yes,&.. and Southworth Industries. With 17 years raw startup experience, as early employee, founder, manager, advisor, mentor, and everything in between. He specialises in communication as a whole, from pitching, marketing, branding, through to front-end development and product.

Caroline Parkinson

Sector Executive for Engagement in the Creative Industries

Caroline has worked in the creative industries for the past 24 years, building on her earlier years in ballet, contemporary dance, rhythmic gymnastics, fashion, music and photography. She studied business and politics alongside her creative pursuits. 

Over her career she has led her own businesses in fashion design and photography, as well as worked with PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV) as Director of Scotland & NI, Creative & Cultural Skills in Scotland & NI and joined the newly formed Creative Scotland in 2010 as Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland (Film, TV, Music, Creative Industries, Innovation and Skills). Since 2014 Caroline has worked as a freelance creative industries consultant and business mentor in Scotland, London, and Toronto.

The session will be hosted by Paradigm's assistant director Ed Stack, locally known also as creative director of DECAGRAM, trustee of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, and founder of Delic.

Earlier Event: November 10
Later Event: November 10