Neophilia and Writing, with Kathy Jones

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Neophilia and Writing, with Kathy Jones

Time: June 17, 2016 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers', group, gathering
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Jun 15, 2016

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Event Description

Kathy writes

"It’s been argued that Neophilia—an attachment to novelty and change—is a key survival tool for the human race. On the other hand, it has also been linked to attention deficit disorders, addictive tendencies, and “millennials’” difficulty with conversation and long-form writing.

In this workshop each of us will be able to consider our own attitudes the “the new” as reflected in our own writing and reading. 

How do you react to reading or hearing about something new? Are you cautious, a “late adopter”, or do you embrace the new with enthusiasm?  Or are you somewhere in the middle: is there place for a mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ in your work?

Is your attitude the same in all areas of life? In ideas; technology; job opportunities; relationships; design and architecture; cultural experiences; the way that language is developing?  For example, how did you react when you heard that an emoji was the   

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015.  What might our attitudes to the new (and old) mean for us in our work in organisations and in our writing?

Today, we’ll explore and share in conversation and writing our own attitudes to these questions, hear a little about how other writers have approached this topic, and consider what this range of attitudes and those of others might mean for our practice as writers, consultants or ‘developers’.

What to bring

Please bring your favourite writing technologies with you, whether quill pen or Ipad, digital recorder or precious notebook. Be ready to talk about how you use them, what they mean for you, and how you react to others who use different technologies."

About Kathy

Kathy Jones has worked as a manager in the voluntary and public sectors, spending 17 years at the London Ambulance Service, where she finished as Director of Service Development. Since 2010 she has been a freelance writer, editor, strategy consultant and policy advisor, working in a number of sectors.  The thing she has loved most about her new life is the variety of what she does and the opportunities it gives to learn new things.  The thing she misses least about her old life is the meetings.  You can contact Kathy via

Afterwards, we can continue our imaginative conversations just across the road at The Ship pubPlan your journey. Best wishes. Bob.  E:

Cost: £12 for full AMED Members; £15 for Networkers and Guests.

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