#connectedconversations Dominic Campbell, 26 January 2014 Called by Dominic Campbell Attendees; Frances Rifkin, Wendy Thomson, Jonathon Petherbridge, Andrew Loretto, Jane Hobson, Isabel Carr, Noreen Meehan Summary; Discussion had four areas; 1) To introduce an ongoing series of roundtables and online engagement where the interests and focus of a spectrum of practice embracing engaged, community and participatory practices is being articulated through the voices of generations of practitioners, commissioners, participants and thinkers. Connected Conversations: Passing It On is the inaugural project of Arts and Society supported by Arts Council England and the RSA delivered in partnership with Connected Culture, a London based network celebrating participatory arts that is facilitated through theatre company, Spare Tyre. Read more about it here www.connectedculture.co.uk. Fascinating submissions from those attending can be read here; http://practitionersroundtable.blogspot.co.uk/ http://commissionersroundtable.blogspot.co.uk/ http://thinkersroundtable.blogspot.co.uk/ You can join in through #connectedconverssations or submit your own contributions at www.connectedculture.co.uk or by emailing [email protected]. 2) Was to ask attendees at DD9 what conversations, with whom, and what networks inform what they do. 3) Was to ask “Who would you like to talk to?” 4) Was to ask “How might we move on from talking” The discussion looked at how real world and online conversations introduce you to others, who is present how you find (or don't) the information you might need. We talked about Festivals as connectors, and described how we or our practices connect ourselves with others or other knowledges to each other or people to people. We talked about the art of conversation and the art of hosting or providing a receptacle for difference and how it’s perhaps being changed by online engagement Reference was made to: SCUDD.org.uk/list, Timebank, SkillShare, StepChange at the NT, CLore Leadership courses, “6 hour coffee breaks” run by Mike White and Mary Robson in Durham/Newcastle with artists and the NHS, BEAM in Wakefield, London International Festival of Architecture, The Art of Conversation by Selig, Kaite O’Reilly writer and scientist, Susan Greenfield nurologist, Ken Robinson. Consultation and forum groups and the time these can take up. How to filter through all the information we receive to find what is of most value How its useful to have an ally and a guide from within an organsation, sector or specialism when trying to work with one that is outside of your reference (eg a local authority, science field, health sector etc) The value of putting your art or yourself into different contexts People we would like to talk to: Those who shape the way we live; Town planers, and futureologists, Dynastic Planners and Private Equity Firms, Nurologists and Dermatologists, those I don’t know, people with a profile, more artists. The difference natures of online and face to face engagement, what “dialogue” is (whats going on in the space between us when we meet) nad how we act as carriers and links and mobile connectors by carrying conversations and thoughts within us. We teased out the subtle difference between anecdotal bollix and oral history We touched on what is required to engage with those unlike you or who hold opinions contrary and perhaps opposed to your own Overheard There is a question that isn’t being articulated and to which we therefore don't yet have the answer. What is the internet doing to how we think and how we converse? Do we now assume all knowledge is digitized The value of a creative space as a place of engagement 3rd level education (e.g night courses) as one of the few places for encountering a cross section of society If I’ve missed anything out please add here….