Every Friday from midday The Steps, our mini amphitheatre, is filled with social change conversations.
You're welcome to drop in, order some lunch and #jointheconversation. Talks are programmed on the hour from midday according to demand so come for one or stay all afternoon, it's up to you.
If you've got something to share - a challenge, an idea, some learnings - please get in touch with a short description, the date you'd like to speak and the format of your talk. You've got up to 50 minutes to engage the audience, gain useful insights or gather collaborators around your project. Pleas see below for information about upcoming conversations, who else is speaking and available dates, and find some useful speaker notes here.
Upcoming conversations in 2019 are:
Friday 22nd February
- At 12pm join Kwan Loo to find out how pragmatic astrology could help you thrive at home and at work. Kwan will draw from decades of research to help you engender more rewarding and productive personal and professional relationships through enhanced self-awareness. Join the conversation to find out if you (and your team) could be healthier, happier and more productive, perhaps even enlightened, through his combination of Western and Chinese astrological insights.
- At 1pm join Ali Al-Assam to talk about ‘moderated group ideation’. He is seeking to validate the hypothesis that when using the right platforms and practices, this is the most effective way to define and implement solutions to pressing socio-economic problems.
- At 2pm Emmi Salonen FRSA, a graphic designer and creative director, will talk about the importance of pausing for ‘input’, in order to create ‘output’ and to sustain a healthy, balanced personal creative ecosystem. Emmi will share stories from her six month expedition to explore sources of inspiration in Finland, the USA and French Polynesia. A selection of objects and designs will be displayed on the steps for you to take inspiration from.
Friday 1st March
- At 1 pm Alan Rayner FRSA will talk about ‘Natural Inclusion: an inspiring new way to make sense of life, environment and people.’ He will describe how awareness of our animal bodies as dynamic inclusions and expressions of Nature, not exceptions from Nature, offers us a new source of inspiration to help us understand and care for ourselves, other life forms and our environment. This awareness helps ease away the needless suffering, misunderstanding and strife that arises through estranging Nature from human nature. It comes with an appreciation of space and boundaries as natural sources of receptive continuity and dynamic distinction, not definitive isolation. We can thence live more passionately, compassionately and sustainably than we currently do.
- At 2pm Louie Gardiner FRSA will be talking about her approach to human transformation, ‘Presence in Action’. This approach, upheld by the principle of Natural Inclusion, enables anyone - adults and children alike - in any situation in the current moment to illuminate and transcend what is activated within us; to see fake news for what it is and get beyond the emotive manipulations crashing in from virtually every media outlet and social exchange. With practice this approach enables us to regain our joyful agency in the world, transforming our relationships with ourselves and those in our relational realms. Join Louie, founder of this praxis, and several others involved in an emerging Community-in-Practice which is transforming into a Community Interest Company, hoping to reach more people and enhance their contribution to the wider world.
- There are additional spots available; get in touch if you'd like to speak: email@example.com
Friday 8th March
- At 12pm Jenny Littlewood FRSA and Dr. Catherine Packham (Reader in English, Sussex University) will discuss ‘Mary Wollstonecraft: Our Contemporary?' The work of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) addresses many of the themes which define political debate today including: the nature of gender and its social construction and performance; power relations between the sexes; and the possibilities and constraints of social and political progress. Writing in an era of turmoil in Europe, fears of economic instability and the rise of populist politics, her recognition – with her eyes on the new republic of America – that commerce constituted a “new species of power” which would produce another aristocracy was prescient, and her warning of how “tyranny of wealth” can restrain liberty still needs to be heard today. Above all else, her example – as a self-educated woman, whose exclusion from established centres of power did not prevent her engaging her mind, seizing her pen, and raising her voice – shows us how we can continue her work, challenging oppression and inequality today. The first sculpture of Mary Wollstonecraft is currently being exhibited at Rawthmells.
- At 1pm, join Dr Shona Hunter FRSA, founder of the WhiteSpaces Project (Reader in the Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality, Leeds Beckett University), to think together about the urgent question of how white people can talk about race. Shona will talk about new ways of thinking about power and vulnerability developed through feminist and decolonial ideas of intersectionality and relational biography to help white people respond to urgent calls for race equality in our institutional spaces and in day to day life; and to recognise the ways in which white people are diminished by racism as well as advantaged by white privilege, and how the life chances of all people can only be improved by working to challenge ideas of a Black White binary. She engages the opportunity presented by International Women’s Day to consider the importance of Black and decolonial women’s thinking to bring about broader social justice for all and as a reminder about the diversity and challenge present in contemporary feminist thinking and practice for social justice. She will open the floor for the audience to consider together; how can we bring whiteness out into the open for white people in a way helps challenge its power as well as understand its nuances? Is it possible to create counter narratives on whiteness through attention to its intersectional nature?
Friday 15th March
- At 1pm join Professor James Crabbe FRSA to explore the question; ‘how can we enable prisoners to lead a better life?’ Addressing the challenge of re‐offending is central to HM Government’s offender learning strategy. Statistics indicate that 60% of offenders re‐offend within two years at a cost to the taxpayer of c. £9.5 ‐ £13 billion per year. Education helps offenders and reduces recidivism. On release, employment, accommodation and family are key. Could using an individual approach, based on engagement and Communities of Enquiry that has worked well in schools and colleges, be an important way forward?
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