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Newsletter, June 2006

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DbyD at conferences and events

Forum for the Future's Reconnections Programme

Among the events we facilitated this month was Forum for the Future's Reconnections Programme. This week-long event, held in the depths of the Lake District, brings together people from the public, private and voluntary sectors for a week of reflection, discussion and activity. The over-arching theme is sustainable development and its many dimensions.

There were keynote presentations from leading thinkers in several fields: Jonathon Porritt on the current situation of the world and the looming crises it faces; Susan Canney presented a fascinating picture of the world and its natural systems from a Gaian perspective; the philosopher Kate Rawles looked at ethics and values; and Ian Christie addressed the social justice aspects of sustainable development.

In between these formal sessions and the heated discussions they provoked there was a canoe trip across Coniston Water, a visit to John Ruskin's house and Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park, and numerous, if damp, local walks. Andrew Acland says that facilitating such an event feels more like a privilege than a job.

Details of next year's Reconnections are not yet available, but for more information about this recent event go to http://www.forumforthefuture.org.uk/news/reconnections2006_page309.aspx or e-mail Andrew Acland at [email protected].

University of the West of England's MSc course in Science Communication

Amy Sanders was guest speaker at the University of the West of England's MSc course in Science Communication. As part of the students' unit: “Science direct in practise” - designed to take students through the process of designing their own science communication initiative - Amy presented the “DbyD approach to designing and running engagement processes” using case studies illustrating the range of techniques that Dialogue by Design uses. Following a lively discussion, the students then spent the afternoon designing their own process to seek views on future health issues and generate some excellent, innovative ideas.

Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement: Two Distinct Essentials for Major Projects

Pippa Hyam will be presenting at this conference to take place on 13-14 June 2006 at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. The two-day conference is aimed at people working on large scale regeneration and development projects and will put the view that in such cases it is no longer satisfactory for public consultation and stakeholder engagement to be bundled together. In the afternoon of the first day Pippa will be talking about web-based public consultation methods. See http://www.thewaterfront.co.uk/pdfs/current_conferences/Pub%20ConsBroch.pdf for a leaflet about the event and for booking details.

 

 
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