If you’ve taken part in a morning rave, group run or public art experience; if you’ve joined a campaign to improve your neighbourhood or teamed up to better your workplace; if you’ve shared knowledge or data to bring about a change you want to see, you will know the joy and power of the collective.
Join us at Second Home Spitalfields for a one-day exploration of the power of collective consciousness, feeling, intelligence and action – co-curated with The Point People. It’s as far removed from those future city events about smart streetlights and driverless cars as possible.
It’s poetry and people, and how we can do so much more when we act together.
‘The Collective City’ will offer an alternative view of our future cities, one where how we think, feel and act matters – and why when we do those things together the outcomes are more meaningful, impactful and joyous. (Just see our #CultureFutures ‘FutureLeague’ interviews with Beakerhead and Common Wealth for proof: people, culture and community matter.)
The day will be split into four parts: Consciousness, Action, Intelligence and Feeling.
Charlie Leadbetter, leading authority on innovation and author of ‘We-Think: The Power of Mass Creativity’ is hosting a panel on ‘Collective Action’. Also on the panel is Jamie Ward-Smith, Chair of the Co-op Foundation and social innovator behind Do-it.org.
The session on ‘Collective Intelligence’ has a keynote by Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta, and features Louise Cooper, CEO at Shift, a social enterprise that builds social ventures to help prevent and reduce social problems through positive behaviour change, and the awesome Liz Corbin, one half of Materiom. We’re big fans of the circular design expert and her recipes for materials that are useful, natural and simple. Think: where humans and machines meet, the relationship between AI and CI in our cities and collective intelligence for better design, environment and human rights.
Also joining us are poet, artist and sculptor Robert Montgomery who will be with us for the whole day to lead us through an exercise of collective expression, Lynn Segal, a socialist feminist academic, activist and author of ‘Radical Happiness’, and Sanderson Jones of Sunday Assembly, who will be ramping up the joy. Through a mixture of talks, discussions and activities, we’ll co-create a vision for an urban future that’s more inclusive, equitable and harmonious.
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Where: Second Home Spitalfields, 68 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL View Map
When: 10-7pm Sat 24 November 2018 (Note: this has been rescheduled from 20 October as it would have been going against the massive demonstration of collective action that is the People’s Vote March – which is not in the spirit of the aim of the event. Plus, we will be at it!)
Who: See a list of all the speakers here.
The Collective City is part of Second Home’s City Life Festival. Running throughout October, the festival will explore the relationship between urban spaces, communities and identities and champion London as a place of inclusivity and diversity.
Featured image credit: I-ypszilon (Amás Emodi-Kiss, Kata György, Csaba Horváth and Tamás Papp), National Monument of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence, 2006, Budapest