Festival of Nature: a wander in Bristol on Monday, 12th June at 12 noon…

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Dr Pam Seanor, Bristol Business School

Meet at the footbridge over the River Avon near Sparke Evans Park, BS2 0BS

We invite you to join us on a collective walk – what we call a wander – along the river in Bristol. By wandering our intent is to bring people together in a specific place to explore how walking and talking with others can help social change. We think this approach is a good way to share ideas so we are inviting people (up to 20) to wander with us.

We’re interested in how urban space might be thought about and how people move in-between ideas about Bristol as a ‘green’ city depicted in the Bristol European Green Capital and its legacy:  ‘conceived’ and ways in which people live and work in Bristol experience the city: ‘lived’. We are also interested in existing physical: ‘perceived’ spaces, such as the rivers and areas at the margins of the city centre. Thus, in wandering we seek to create new spaces to meet walk and have conversations around these themes.

To begin the conversations we pose the following:

  • What does this space near the river mean for you?
  • What does ‘Green’ mean to you?
  • How are people feeling about a sense of ownership of the spaces near the river and has this altered since the recent interventions by developers of the spaces?
  • Has the act of wandering changed your views towards the space? If so, how?
  • Finally, this leads to our question: Is there another way?

When and where is the wander?

June 12 at 12.15 PM

We will meet together at the footbridge over the River Avon nr. Sparke Evans Park.

The wander in total with be approx. 1 hour and will end at Temple Meads.  If you have time, please join us for a cuppa and cake afterwards.

How will we capture conversations and what will we do with it?

We would like to record bits of these walks and conversations – so we will take notes and collect images through photos and videos. Participation is entirely voluntary. Those not wishing to have their images videoed will be respected and arrangements are in place to ensure this agreement.

We will ask participants to sign a written consent form on the day. Anyone who has given informed consent can at any time, while data or media gathering is happening, withdraw it after discussion with the project lead. The walks will be conducted in accordance to the UK Data Protection Act of 1998, BBC guidelines and the University of the West of England research ethical code of conduct.  Sorry – we can not accommodate children at this event.

What will happen after the wander?

This is the third of three wanders. We are looking at how differing experiences, conversations, and knowledge could be applied to help shape the design of a ‘green’ city. In order to do so, in Autumn 2017, we will be holding a workshop Exploring Spaces of ‘Green’ Practices. Our intention is to facilitate the workshop around the significant themes captured during the three wanders and to provide a forum to debate current issues.  As such, we want to share existing and ongoing work and its impact and to generate new research questions and future research collaborations and possibly to propose new interventions in Bristol for possible implementation.

We will invite those who have been involved in the wanders and others who are interested and active in how we create spaces for social change in the city and beyond.  At the event we will show a short film from the wanders to collectively explore the differing themes in order to develop points of discussion and new practices. Alongside these, a report will be produced on how walking and talking with others can help social change.

I’d like to join you on the wander – what do I do now?

This event is free but spaces are limited. To get your ticket click on the blue “Book Now” button above.

Please feel free to contact Pam.seanor@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions you’d like to discuss.

We are also at #WanderingBristol

Research Partners

Carlton Bodkin, Director Practical-Architects; Kyle Hannan, Head of Projects EcoMedia Collective; Nic Stenberg, Associate Icarus Collective Ltd and trainee health psychologist; Jess Bryne-Daniel, Sr Lecturer School of Architecture and Landscape, Leeds Beckett University. Design Council/CABE BEE; Pascal Dey, Associate Professor People, Organisations and Society Department, Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Wandering about Bristol is a Small Research Grant for the project ‘Thinking urban spaces differently: Articulating and contesting “green” imageries of Bristol as an enterprising city’ and is supported by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

Also see this article and more information about the Festival at: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/wandering-bristol-another-way/

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