Can we improve our health with a dose of nature? Can the workplace enable us to connect with our wild side? What’s so good about growing?
Join Ethical Reading and the RSA for the launch of an RSA Reading Network. Our three local speakers will share their perspectives on the value of nature, followed by plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.
Erica Purvis - Exploring Nature’s influence on Design
Erica will be exploring nature’s influence on various forms of design and engineering, from biomimicry to ecodesign, camouflage to the circular economy. She’ll be sharing how it’s shaped her own design and career decisions, continually inspired and caused her to slow down and question her work and lifestyle to reconnect deeper with her roots, values and motivation for nature.
Christina Hughes Nind - Growing our way to health – together
Gardening together can improve our health and wellbeing, and it can work for so many different health issues. Why does it work? Christina will look at some of the theory and research, and introduce us to some of the horticultural therapy and nature groups in and around Reading.
Alice McGuigan - Our Elemental Bodies
Alice explores the wilderness of human beings through the lens of Yoga’s 5 elements; Earth, Sky, Fire, Water and Ether. How does this embodiment grow our connection to nature? Can this awareness inspire us to live mindfully and make conscious choices?
5.45-6.15pm: Arrive and meet other attendees and members of the Ethical Reading team
6.15-6.30pm: Welcome and introduction - Natalie Ganpatsingh, Louize Clarke (The Curious Lounge), Don Mclaverty or Claire Doran, (The RSA)
6.30- 7pm: Speakers and panel discussion
7-7.45pm: Discussion in breakout groups with feedback
7.45-8.45pm: Wrap-up and networking
Chaired by local RSA Fellow, Natalie Ganpatsingh from Nature Nurture CIC, this free event will be hosted in Reading’s fantastic new venue, The Curious Lounge. Refreshments provided by RSA South East. Free event but booking essential.
Ethical Reading - Ethical Reading is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making Reading a better place to live and work through helping organisations become more ethical. This includes everything from the decisions made at the very top to the way employees treat each other and the people they deal with day to day.
We want to mobilise people and organisations across Reading to embed ethics into decision-making processes and everyday actions and kick-start an Ethical Cities movement in the UK and beyond. https://ethicalreading.org.uk/join-us/
The Curious Lounge - A skills and event hub offering a vibrant programme of exceptional speakers, events and training around technical, creative, digital and life skills just a 2 minute walk from Reading train station.
A relaxed members-only cafe, comfortable meeting and training rooms create a great environment to work and meet, with super-fast wifi throughout, and an event space that holds 100 people with full AV.
If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.
Location: The Curious Lounge, First Floor Pinnacle, 20 Tudor Rd, Reading, RG1 1NH