Reclaiming the right to play: creativity and collaboration for engineers..Conference July 2010

Hi all

I'm organising a conference for the middle of this year around the themes of creativity and collaboration, focusing on the engineering and built environment sector. The intention is to create an experiential opportunity for those involved in the industry (and those who may not be directly involved) to feel a truly collaborative and creative project.

Key themes:

Reclaiming the right to play. We see the necessity and then 'get' how to do it - without the guilt!
Helping engineers help the client help themselves and be more sustainable.
The role of young people and their level of influence.
Helping build awareness for the industry of what other people think it does.
The role of creatives, social entrepreneurs, users and non-users in design of the built environment.

More on my blog at and I would love input, ideas, inspiration and maybe even some collaborators. Thanks to Bob M for some great suggestions and the idea to involve AMED.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

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Comment by Bob MacKenzie on February 5, 2010 at 2:15
Great initiative, Rachael

I'd be happy to help in any way I can, e.g. if you need any small group facilitators.

How's Green Top Circus going?

best wishes. Bob
Comment by Rachael West on January 20, 2010 at 13:53
Hi David, you would think so, wouldn't you!

Thanks for the encouragement : )
Comment by Rachael West on January 20, 2010 at 13:52
Thanks Penny, that's really helpful. I'm just settling into Sheffield (circus school!) so will get in touch soon.
Comment by Penny Walker on January 14, 2010 at 2:53
Hi Rachael

Are you in touch with Peter Guthrie, Professor of ~Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge? He runs a Masters course that I have contributed to a few times. Part of the course is a role play on a case study based on a real engineering project. One day is spent role playing a public inquiry-type process, and one day is spent role playing a stakeholder dialogue consensus process on the same case. I've run the stakeholder dialogue day a few times.

My experience is that the students (mostly all working engineers) range from baffled to totally enthused by the possibility of entering into dialogue with stakeholders.

Get in touch with me off-line if you'd like more details.


Comment by David F McAra on January 13, 2010 at 15:38
Love the topic, Rachael. I'm cheering you on. I remember noticing that engineer and ingenuity came from the same root and being surprised and then being surprised at my surprise. Engineering companies should be ablaze with creativity. Probably some of them are.


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