Event: Workshop Series: The Possibility in Conviviality: Telling We-Stories to the Future.

Facilitator: Ian Wight.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Dates: Thursday 12, 19 April, 3, 10 May 2018. NB: only the 12 April session will take place.
Time: Registration: 6.15pm-6.45pm. Workshop: 6.45pm-8.45pm.
Event Description: Conviviality has been been represented as ‘an already widespread practice that is integral to our long history’ but is also ‘an idea that is diffuse and not collectively recognised’ (Marc Humbert, Towards a Convivial Civilization, 2015). Greater awareness of it has been advocated: it is ‘the foundation of living together properly’ and a pathway to organizing ‘a future that is better than our present’. Is it time to bring conviviality more to the fore? What practices might serve us, in advancing this collective-life-affirming cause? We’ll consider the possibility in conviviality – of how we might more mindfully live well together - in these challenging times. We’ll experiment with some story-telling, to our heart-felt desired future, based on our own soul-stirring experiences of convivial practices – of decency, civility and delight, primed by inspiring poetry, prose and imagery.

April 12: The Art of Possibility: The Home of Hope?
April 19: A Flourishing Humanity: Well-beings Well-becoming?
May 3: The Possibility in Conviviality: Living (Well) Together?
May 10: The Practice/s of Conviviality: Telling Stories to Our Future?

Aspiration: Convening Citizens of/for Convivial Civilization: A Practice-Story-Telling Circle?

Ian Wight, a Canadian Scot, has been – in roughly equal measure, over the past four decades or so - an educator of professional planners, and a professional planning practitioner. He is now exploring his re-firement (a re-placing of retirement), kindling his abiding passions, which include a curiosity about the world beyond sustainability - around the possibility in conviviality, as a conduit to planning as placemaking, as wellbeing by design.

True to his Scottish ancestry, Ian loves a really good ‘blether’ (a rich story exchange) that bridges the personal, the professional and the spiritual. In this offering he draws particularly on the inspiration from his experiences with the Adelaide-based Australian Centre for Convivial Backyard Civilization – a ‘blethering-place’ extraordinaire!

NB: only the 12 April session will take place.

The Possibility in Conviviality

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£3 (Students) for each workshop.
£35/£30 (Concessions)/£10 (Students) for the series of 4 workshops. For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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