“Becoming enterprising”: a collaborative workshop

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By Dr Pam Seanor.


On Monday 11 June, BLCC hosted the “Becoming enterprising” collaborative workshop.

The workshop was attended by differing practitioners: those taking a critical approach in our teaching and research, those new to roles at UWE Bristol embedding enterprise in to the curriculum, practitioners who facilitate sessions on our modules or are part of the advisory board, artists and students. We also had our youngest attendee being under 1 years old.

It was a day of talking, listening, walking and creative approaches and proved a fun and engaging. It was structured to the following 3 scenarios:

Scenario 1: What do we mean by critical approaches to situated learning?

Facilitator: Karen Verduijn

Karen shared her views of what critical entrepreneurship means to her, challenging some assumptions, along with her experiences of teaching students and developing a community across facilities at VU University Amsterdam.

Scenario 2: Making connections between practitioner and academic views

Facilitator: Jayne Purcell

Jayne is a design thinker and worked with imagines and artefact participants brought of ‘what “becoming enterprising” means to you’  –  what you do, or your dreams and ambitions. We shared differing views, as well of experiences, of resistance and challenges in practices, of being inclusive, sustainability, and/or bringing in creative practices.

Scenario 3: Creative practices

Facilitator: Arthur Turner

After lunch, Arthur Turner facilitated a walk and we talked about the ideas and questions that came up on the day.

Refreshments Drawing it all together

We ended with the Visual Sketchnotes of key points of shared understanding of what others do, questions and imaginings arising from the discussion points and considering next steps.

We hope this to be the beginnings of a conversation where we see entrepreneurship-leadership-sustainability, particularly becoming inclusive, as more connected.

The workshop scenarios had a common theme of movement:

Moving the conversation from the “heroic” (white) male towards creative processes.

Of note, a comment was made in the workshop that there is a place for the “heroic” in practices. We are thoughtful in advocating the alternative approach that we do not seek to replace the dominant view, instead we seek to question the taken-for-granted assumptions. Thus, we take a pluralistic stance and do not seek one definition or one approach.

We hold a common understanding that entrepreneurship is about social change.

Doris and I intend to continue taking an affirmative critical approach in our teaching and research and helping our students to recognise the dominant views and then to question these assumptions so that they can find their voice and identify the alternative practices that they seek to change.

I end by offering the questions we worked through in the scenarios in the workshop:

  • What future are you going to want to create (what society are you going to wanting to live in?)?
  • What – if anything – do you feel needs to be changed from the status quo?
  • (How) can entrepreneurship provide a way forward?

The following link is to the sketch notes of the 3 scenarios

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On behalf fo Doris and my colleagues at BLCC, we look forward to collaborating.



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