Paul Ingram and visitor Sarah Woods are hosting a workshop on exploring how creative systems methodologies can help us to engage with the complex world around us.
All of us are held through life by systems and stories, some that work for some of us and others that work against us and make others of us. These formal and informal structures tell us what’s possible and not possible in life, sometimes violently and deliberately – through both personal and political means – sometimes simply by making invisible some choices and identities.
Using the creative systems methodologies that we’re developing, this workshop will explore these structures and stories to daylight the walls and doors we face and how better understanding their patterns, and transforming or removing them and the stories we tell about them, can create change.
People & Patterns: Transforming the ways we think and connect when everything is at risk
We need to develop processes that radically change the ways we think, not just what we think. Increasing our inner ability to handle complexity and operate inclusively with a wide variety of perspectives, including those we may disagree with, will have the deepest causal impact on reducing the threats our societies are wrestling with.
Using a variety of tools to describe the dysfunctions behind the hazards that drive existential risk, this project will draw diverse people into co-creative processes, including workshops, live narratives, dialogues and online platforms. We will explore and develop effective ways to empower and energise people’s commitment to working together with complexity, imagining diverse futures that hold positive promise as well as those with sobering warnings.