Starts Tuesday 18 April, 5.45pm to 8pm.
Continues fortnightly on: 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June. (See "Commitment" below).
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." Albert Einstein
From our communities and organisations to Brexit or Scottish independence – the need to step out of our bubbles and foster better conversations where we live, work and play is more vital than ever. But it’s also hard.
Fusing shared reflection and practice, Amidst (Edinburgh) is a free, six-part event series, exploring how we can create more courageous and empathetic connections, to bring about long-lasting change for self, city, and the common good.
Calling all grandparents, leaders & line managers, artists, friends, activists, faith groups, social workers... in fact, anyone who gathers with or leads people in any kind of community -
- Head off burnout and reclaim your core gifts for making a difference?
- Strengthen your resilience and ability to collaborate where it’s most needed?
- Help reimagine how we communicate and act across the city we live in?
- Make choices in better sync with the natural world?
If these questions get you thinking, join us.
We are keen to create a shared learning journey and sense of kinship through the series, and of course working on our old habits of thinking takes time. To that end, we ask you to consider these events as a single conversation, and register for the series as a whole. If you can commit to at least 4 out of 6, that's great. If it's less, or you're feeling flaky, we hope you'll be patient and wait for the next round.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone, no matter their politics or background, who wants to bring their values into more authentic and coherent conversation with others, wherever it matters.
WIDENING THE CIRCLE
It's by no means essential, but we want to encourage people to invite a buddy to register alongside them. You might invite someone you already feel connected to, or you might consider an aquaintance who orbits in a different circle to you: neighbours, friends, colleagues you want to be in deeper conversation with, who are open-hearted and concerned about their actions in the world.
ALTERNATIVE DAYS FOR PARENTS & CARERS, ETC
Are you interested in taking part but need support with young children, or might prefer a Saturday session? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking debate at the door, Amidst will weave creative content around peer-to-peer conversations and reflective practices (using simple imaginative tools/questions) in which we will consider:
- Our hopes (and sadnesses) for the world, and our own part in creating them - where we live/work/dream.
- The kind of conversations we want to have with ourselves, to free us up to be the change we want to see in an ongoing way. (Foregrounding tools for honest self-inquiry and self-empathy, to enable what’s “stuck” to shift).
- The conversations we want to have with others, to better enable our communities and workplaces play their part in shaping a better world. (Foregrounding tools for collective honesty and empathy, and new approaches to collaboration).
The power of good conversation & our hopes for change.
Session 2. Our several selves
How do we currently do conversation with ourselves? How might we do it better: opening up to the tensions within?
Session 3. Us & them (part 1: reflective)
Who are we excluding? How do we encounter or avoid them? Who could we be in more meaningful connection with? What might that require?
Session 4. Us and them (part 2: practical).
Simple tools helping us explore how we can connect beyond our borders.
Session 5. In conversation with nature
How do our interactions with self and society reflect our relationship with our environment and the wider natural world? How can we remake the mould?
Session 6. Sustaining our intentions
Reflecting back. Looking ahead. Celebration.
WHAT DO WE HOPE TO BRING INTO BEING?- We want to help grow a city… in which people are supported to live and act from the heart – where everyone’s passions are nurtured (the life trying to emerge through each person, young and old, into relationship with the world).
Amidst is a civic, volunteer-led project organised with support from a wide variety of sources from public, private, cultural, faith and third sectors. We look forward to welcoming you in that spirit of wholeness.
- We want to help grow a city… whose citizens routinely come together in that spirit to name and honour the tensions among us, without trying to quick fix or blame; ennobling uncertainty, and its powerful clues to wiser action.
- We want to help grow a city… which creates civic and psychological space for rigorous, open-hearted collaboration across the bows of difference, as a rich and creative part of our everyday lives.
We believe that, without this, we cannot shape the healthier, more dignified and more equal society we all need to thrive.
There is a small suggested registration fee of £5 to encourage people to commit to the series and cover a few basic costs. If you can't afford this, you are welcome to select the Free Registration option when you book ino the series. If you would like to make a larger donation online, you'll have the option to do so.
VENUE & ACCESSIBILITY
Methodist Central Hall is a wheelchair accessible venue, and home to an interfaith community - welcoming people of all faiths and none.
If you need support getting to or from the venue in order to be able to take part, please let us know when you book. A lift share noticeboard will be posted at the first session on 18 April, but please note that nearby on street parking is limited.
The following Lothian buses serve Nicolson Square via Nicolson Street: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 45, 49. YOu can find a detailed bus map at https://lothianbuses.co.uk/assets/files/Network-Map_161113.pdf
Email us at email@example.com