Telling Better Stories...
9.30 - 5pm
The Guild of Psychotherapists, Nelson Square, London SE1 0QA.
All very welcome: Free for members, Non-members £20, CPA membership (£24) can be secured on the day between 9.30-10.00am
Guest Speaker Andrew Simms: Telling Better Stories
Andrew is the author of several books including ‘Cancel the Apocalypse’ and is a regular contributor to the Guardian.
Call for stories!
We invited short contributions from CPA members about their work or particular approach to climate psychology.
Here's what's on the menu!
My story is from the Buddhist canon and is the parable of 'The Blind Men and the Elephant', which I will read and discuss in the context of integrative thinking and action. Although we need to keep up with the ever-threatening facts of climate change, we need to think about the meaning of it and the possibility of new understandings it brings about ourselves and our relationship to the world.
Conversations with children about climate change
Conversations about climate change bring us into relationship with our own vulnerability, fragility and resilience as well as that of the planet. I have been researching relationship with nature and climate change with groups of primary school children using art & creative reflective research methods framed within psychosocial theories of defences, unconscious communication and narratives.
‘Smooth spaces’ for thinking about climate change.
As an artist (Glasgow School of Art) and a scientist (British Geological Survey), my concern is to find the nexus between these two ways of viewing the world. In particular, I ask ‘how can scientists communicate hard scientific facts in a way that resonates with non-scientists?’ Using the Deleuzian idea of ‘smooth space’ as a way of thinking that is
different to rational, reductionist thought, I ask if this space can be found in the creative arts; if so, I suggest that this might be a way of encouraging new thinking in science.
Quakers in Britain made a commitment in 2011 to become a "low carbon, sustainable community". I will share what I think I have learned from 15 years working with Quakers on sustainability. I'll also introduce a new opportunity for CPA members to get involved in an international collaboration of experts, practitioners and leaders committed to working for sustainable living, consistent with the Paris Agreement's 1.5°C ambition.
For many years I have explored the way in which visual images are used to produce an idealised view of rural Britain. This mythicised view is often at conflict with the actual experience of the visitor. The question is – how do visitors react when they find their preconceptions of a rural idyll dashed by reality, by the less attractive elements of the tourism infrastructure? And are these reactions part of a resistance to understanding the inevitable threats posed by climate change? Do we retreat to the countryside or coast seeking escape and then bury our heads in the sand about issues like sea level rise because it isn’t what we want to hear?
For full details, please see the flyer attached.