Every Friday from midday at The Steps, our mini amphitheatre, is filled with social change conversations.
These conversations provide a weekly opportunity to share inspiring ideas for change, to celebrate a social change project making an impact, or to share learning and expertise on how to make change.
You're welcome to drop in, order some lunch and #JoinTheConversation. Up to two talks are programmed every week between 12 - 3pm. Come for one, for both or just drop in for a while as you enjoy your lunchbreak, 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. Please 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...
Friday 19th July
- 12pm: Generation Snowflake - I don't think so! Margaret Rooke has spent the last two years interviewing amazing teenagers for her new book 'You can Change the World! Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere.' We live in a world often obsessed with celebrity, shopping and self-promotion: just one reason why we find it easy to stereotype and underestimate teenagers.This creates an 'us and them' environment which gets in the way of positive and productive relationships and holds back the younger generation. Margaret's book explores the true power and potential that young people have. She believes that when a teenager has found their niche and has a clear desire to make a change for themselves or their community, with the right support they can achieve exactly this, She has experienced being overly critical of teenagers herself, as a mother of teenagers, and is not afraid to 'fess up! Margaret be joined at the talk by Will Kilgannon and Maya Wiseman whose inspiring stories are included the book.
- 1pm: How can we encourage young people to engage with political issues better? Social media, the rise of populism and the divisions exposed and worsened by Brexit are all creating a dangerously polarised political climate in Britain. If this is to change, and these divisions are to be healed, much depends on the next generation. How can we ensure that students now at school develop into citizens who engage with political issues in an intelligent, fact based and respectful way? Julian Bell FRSA believes passionately that the skills taught by debating (critical thinking, clarity of thought, effective research, empathy for other points of view) are of vital importance in helping young people to become politically informed, engaged and self-confident citizens. Join Julian, Head of English and Debating at Godolphin and Latymer School in London and host of the popular debating blog www.debatingforeveryone.com to discuss how to disseminate these skills more widely, particularly amongst less privileged students.
Friday 26th July
- 1pm: How can we move beyond storytelling to storydoing? Everyone these days is talking about the need to have a story. So where do we start? And how do we ensure how stories are built on fact not fiction? We need truthful stories that help us make sense of the world. And more importantly, we need authentic narratives that empower us to act and drive transformational change. Zoë Arden FRSA specialises in leadership and storytelling. She has worked with over 1,000 leaders globally to help them craft stories that inspire change. She is a fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability and head tutor of their High Impact Leadership online course. In this interactive talk, Zoë will share some practical tools that help build better stories. She will also talk about the three practices that she believes are more important than storytelling: story listening, story training and story doing.
Please note that there are no events in Rawthmells throughout August. We are now booking dates in September and October but slots are filling up fast! If you are interested in hosting a Friday Conversation please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Continuing the conversation on leadership, at 1pm Lina Srivastava FRSA explores the question what kind of leadership inspires optimism, enterprise, and action in the efforts to transform societies and achieve a better future for communities? With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Lina developed "Transformational Change Leadership: Stories of Building a Just Future." In her talk, Lina will explore the stories of community leaders catalyzing transformational change, and present ways for audience members to reflect on their own leadership and capacity to build just futures.