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Miscellany, vagaries, bits and pieces

1. As no one could make it, Sam and I have cancelled the Climate Changed workshop at her place on 3rd May. We’d still really like to do it with the reading group, but time is tight. If anyone really wants to do it, we’d need to gather a minimum of 6 people and fit it in before – say – Friday 17th May: We leave it to you to respond to Sam or Kelvin by email. The workshop is fun to do – as well as meaningful/useful for individuals and groups, we think. It’s simple enough to facilitate and would be a good ‘technology’ to have when working with all sorts of groups on climate change (and probably other issues). It takes about 1.5 hours to do comfortably We’re working towards an initial presentation of our method/findings at the Future Climate Dialogues Symposium at the Arts Centre on the 13 June, the exhibition part of which is free and open to the public http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/art/news-events/future-climate-dialogues/

2. We decided to meet again next month, so that will be Thursday May 30th, 6pm. (I am away on that date, but will contribute via the blog). The suggested reading is the Kilburn Manifesto (Chapter 1) , which is freely downloadable from Soundings http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/manifesto.html.

Stuart Hall’s articile about the Manifesto:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/24/kilburn-manifesto-challenge-neoliberal-victory

If anyone has a suggestion for an alternative place to meet, the Arts Centre has been particularly noisy and acoustically challenging lately – how about upstairs at the Cambra or Y Cwps or maybe the quiet part of The Glen on the seafront?

3. Human population (growth) has been a recurrent theme from a variety a readings, and we had planned to read something and talk about it – there are some links to reports and videos already on this blog. I recommend Fred Pearce’s ‘People Quake’ as a starting point. Pearce argues, in a nutshell, that ‘the real threat is consumption patterns not ‘overpopulation”. I have the book if anyone wants to borrow it, but there is a good synthesis available in an article Pearce wrote for Prospect http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-overpopulation-myth/

4. Final thing, following our discussion, I propose we each personally invite 2 other people to join the Reading Group: We’re may approaching that black-hole of negative critical mass again with Carl moving to Manchester and other ‘members’ futures uncertain. And we’re maybe getting a bit too academic in our reading choices, or at least not managing to stimulate the academic/activist, town/gown border breaching which I think is part of our own unwritten ‘manifesto’?


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Reading group EXTRA!

Visualising climate changed landscapes: A workshop

Friday 3rd May, 7.30 pm: Sam and Kelvin would like to invite you to an extra event to celebrate a very successful reading group season – and in truth to help us with our research! The gathering will be at Sam’s place and we’ll provide food – feel free to bring drinks to share. And please bring a friend, hopefully but not necessarily someone who might be interested in the reading group. Contact Sam to get the address sms10 at aber dot ac dot uk and RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Details of the workshop:

How do you imagine that climate change will change landscapes here, there and everywhere around the country and across the world? In this ‘workshop’ you will have the chance to bring you visions of the landscapes of the future to life. You can draw ‘before and after’ pictures or modify some the different landscape pictures we have rounded up. We also have a good supply of marker pens and crayons for you to go to work with. And if your imagination takes a turn towards origami, collage, sculpture or whatever, do please feel free. We hope that picturing climate change like this will make new connections with a science that may otherwise be hard to visualise. You can take as long as you like with your landscapes, but we anticipate the practical part of the workshop will take no more than an hour. Afterwards, you are invited to take a little time to share your images and experiences in the workshop with other participants. Without jumping to conclusions, we think that, as well as being creative and fun, the workshop may stir up thoughts and feelings that it would be good to communicate. If we wish to record or make notes on the conversation, we will check with all participants first. And if we use any of the results in our research, we will, of course, protect the anonymity of all participants 🙂