CONFIDENTIAL DISCUSSION NOTES - WORK IN PROGRESS
A Series of Climate Change Workshops/Conferences
An outline proposal document by John Wood
Climate change (and how Metadesigner practices might contribute to the challenges
SUGGESTED TITLE - A RELATIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOP - organised by the Metadesigners Network
Purpose of Workshop
- To make a practical, positive contribution to global issues of climate change
- (n.b. this is a very ambitious quest that amounts to seeking a new paradigm).
- To acquire and/or develop new methods of working and/or genres of academic conferencing.
- To introduce metadesigning to Goldsmiths students.
- To add to our existing repertoire of metadesign methods
- To work with The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF) to mutual benefit.
- TUFF is a non-religious and apolitical charity with a keen interest in education-focused innovation (including our work).
- They have offered to seek funding on our behalf.
- They have also expressed an interest in applying relevant aspects of our work in other countries.
- October/November 2018? (at Goldsmiths)
- Subsequently at other London University venue
- Some time before mid 2019 at a central London location, such as the Design Museum
- 2-days of active and creative work sessions that are designed to deliver practical, workable outcomes.
- i.e. unlike standard academic conferences, in which papers are produced for 'research' viable publication.
- Each individual would 'face-to-face' with every one else (over the first 2 hours), then work in one of four teams.
- The ideas would then be combined, systematically, with other ideas to find new possibilities.
- These new possibilities (i.e. potential outcomes) would be handed over to practical implementation teams (after the workshop)
As this would be a outcomes-centred event it does not need a public, auspicious (expensive), central location.
- Suggested: Goldsmiths campus in New Cross SE146NW (n.b. Prof. Mike Waller is keen to support this venture)
- Perhaps in the Hexagon Room? (if it's big enough)
- If not, perhaps in the Main Hall?
- Perhaps in the Goldsmiths Design Department's MA space at Lewisham College
- Post-grads (total number of MA students=100)
- Active participation of special guests up to 50
- Ourselves as metadesigners (10-ish?)
- Absolute upper limit of 150 active participants.
- (This is to comply with Robin Dunbar's number)
IDEAS, PLEASE, FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD TAKE IDEAS FURTHER, POST-CONFERENCE - e.g.:
Five Categories of 'DOING'
Organs of The Living Conference - A, B, C, D and X
These categories are not intended to be an accurate, or 'true' reflection, of what people might actually do. It is intended as a general summary of everything that comes under the heading of 'making a practical difference'. The use of bodily terms is inspired by (leaderless) living systems that work together to enable the organism to sustain itself. It is intended as a framework for including the most effective methods for changing the paradigm (everything we are doing to hasten disastrous climate changes).
A = BRAIN SYSTEM (organ of reflection / envisioning / planning)
- Framing new legislation / codes of practice / standards / lifestyles
B = LANGUAGING SYSTEM (re-connecting & sense-making)
- Facilitating new possibilities / framing situation / elucidating / communicating / educating /
C = METABOLIC SYSTEM (muscles / limbs / organs of nourishment / digestion / mobility)
- Delivering practical infrastructure / hardware / useable systems
D = SENSORY SYSTEM (organs of sensation & experiential awareness)
- Attuning to new ideas / possibilities / patterns of thought / zeitgeist
X = REALITY-CHECKER (external agent that acts a mirror)
- Validating information & offering expert evidence (e.g. scientist / climate change expert)
s1) (D-B) - new synergies team 1
s2) (A-B) - new synergies team 2
s3) (B-C) - new synergies team 3
s4) (C-A) - new synergies team 4
s5) (C-D) - new synergies team 5
s6) (D-A) - new synergies team 6
See the list of possible invitees.
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