Every Friday from midday at 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 roject. 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 24th May
- Great listening is the unsung hero of effective leadership and collaboration. At 12pm Dr. Stephen Burt FRSA will draw on his research to introduce a conversation about what happens when people listen well and why it is a rare talent. Popular views of leadership seem to prioritise speaking over listening. But there is growing evidence that ‘being heard’ directly impacts employees’ engagement and their desire to contribute. Equally, listening is at the heart of collaboration, conflict resolution and group creativity. But as children and adults, our speaking is celebrated, and we are taught to read and write, while little is said about listening. Why is that? And how can we start to value the importance of listening?
- 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.
Friday 31st May
- At 12pm, Allen Tsui FRSA will share the story of how Willow Brook Primary School Academy, standing within the shadows of the London 2012 Olympic Park, rapidly transformed itself from being officially rated as "requiring improvement" into a school which has been able to demonstrably exceed the demands of the “new” National Curriculum. The school has now been accredited as a computing and STEM based learning Centre of Excellence and is working towards external accreditations in a range of other subjects. Teaching and learning at the school is organised and resourced in such a way that all of its children can fully access the curriculum, with many exceeding expected learning outcomes by two years above the expectations originally set out in the 2014 (English) National Curriculum. The challenge now is how to harness and capitalise on this success so that it can be sustained post-primary and beyond to transform today's learners into citizens of the future.
Friday 7th June
- At 12pm join Nicole Stott, Astronaut, Aquanaut, and Artist, and artist and writer Ian Cion to discuss space, art and healing, through the lens of an astronaut and artist. Nicole and Ian are co-founders of the Space for Art Foundation. They will share the story of how they came together through the Spacesuit Art Project, and how their project has grown through a shared belief in the inspiration of space and the healing power of art. The session will promote social change by building a collective awareness of our responsibility to preserve our planet and to create a sense of global wellbeing. Through the mediums of Art and Space travel the session will highlight the powerful impact that we can all have as inhabitants of planet Earth.
- At 1pm Dr Sam Knowles FRSA will argue that the fundamental equation underpinning success for everyone in the modern knowledge economy is Analytics + Storytelling = Influence. Author of the critically-acclaimed Narrative by Numbers (Routledge), Sam will show how to fuse the often fire and ice worlds of data and narrative to tell more powerful, purposeful, and impactful stories that move others to action. The world is today full of numbers: measurements, figures, statistics. All sorts of organisations are generating more and more data - business, charities, universities, and governments. And if you’re not careful, numbers can overwhelm you. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you know where to look - and what to look for - it’s perfectly possible to detect the signal from the noise. Harvested, sorted, and treated right, data and statistics can be the foundation stones of storytelling like never before. In this interactive session, you'll get the chance to put some simple principles to work on some real, live data. You’ll also see that storytelling with statistics is fundamentally about empathy - putting yourself into the shoes of those you’re looking to influence, as you blend the rational and the emotional.
Friday 14th June
- At 12pm Janette Steel FRSA and Maria Marinho will be talking about www.wellatschool.org. Launched in 2011 by Baroness Warnock this web based resource aims to improve understanding and tolerance of the needs of students living with acute or chronic illness with the aim of improving access to education. A recent focus and area of development in the education sector is mental health and wellbeing. With so much information available on the web it can be a challenge for those working in education to find information and practical advice that is robust, relevant and evidence based. As schools are increasingly under pressure to meet the complex and varied needs of the students they serve, this web based resource is a way of sharing educational expertise and direct experience of those working in the field of Hospital Education.
- "Is it really true that we need to “fake it until we make it” especially in work related settings? Why are we so scared of showing up as ourselves whenever the word “business” or “work” is mentioned? At 1pm, join tech startup founder Ching-Yun Huang FRSA, tech entrepreneur Roger Planes and UCL lecturer & creative entrepreneur Tuukka Toivonen FRSA for a stimulating conversation about authenticity and deep connections. During the session, you will hear what they have to say about how embracing authenticity and building real rapport have benefited them in creating long lasting connections, business opportunities and more creative collaborations from their experience and observation.
Friday 21st June: Global Sharing Week
- When we hear the words ‘Sharing Economy’, many of us think of Airbnb or Uber, what most of us don’t know is that the Sharing Economy is actually saving lives. In this special Friday Conversations session to celebrate Global Sharing Week, speaker, author, change-maker and global Sharing Economy expert Benita Matofska FRSA will launch her book Generation Share, bringing awe-inspiring stories of the change-makers who are saving and transforming lives. Generation Share is printed sustainably from waste materials, each copy purchased educates a slum based girl in India and plants a tree, sharing the love even further. A collaboration with photographer of purpose, Sophie Sheinwald, Generation Share brings to life the phenomenon causing the most significant shift in society since the Industrial Revolution.
- At 12pm, speaker and author Benita Matofska will tell the story of Global Sharing Week, offering a glimpse into what’s happening around the globe, before introducing us to the magical world of Generation Share. You’ll hear from change-maker Dr Natalie Shenker, who started Hearts Milk Bank, the UK’s first human milk bank. She’ll reveal how the sharing of breast milk is saving the lives of sick and premature babies and aiding all important breast cancer research.
- At 1pm, speaker and author, Benita Matofska will share some international stories from Generation Share, from the girl who is transforming the lives of slum-based girls in India to the doctor in Greece who has set up a healthcare network for those who can’t afford to see a doctor. Finally, Benita will be joined by Alex Stephany, founder of Beam the world’s first crowdfunding platform that raises funds for employment training for homeless people, further demonstrating the power of Sharing to change the world.
- At 2pm, photographer with purpose and co-creator of Generation Share, Sophie Sheinwald will offer a creative insight into the challenges of capturing the spirit of sharing and change-making on camera. Sophie will be joined by Saasha Celestial-One, founder of food sharing app Olio who is kick-starting a food sharing revolution. Saasha will share insights into how Olio is creating a secondary market for waste food and in doing so is helping to end world hunger.
Friday 28th June
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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.