EVENT: The Ecological Sensibilities Project (Nov 3rd)

Continuing our collaboration with University of Sussex, we bring you events as part of ESRC Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual, UK-wide, free celebration of the social sciences.

The 2021 Festival will run 1-30 November, with a number of events themed around social science and the environment, to reflect the COP26 climate change conference taking place 31 October-12 November.

Following on from our work with the University of Sussex, always possible has been asked to support two online events as part of the festival.

The Ecological Sensibilities Project – Nov 3rd 6-7:30pm

Introducing a podcast exploring the various ways people engage with the environment.

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In this interactive workshop, you will be introduced to The Ecological Sensibilities Project, a project that seeks to explore the multitude of ways that people in contemporary society feel about, think about and act towards the environment (broadly understood).

The Ecological Sensibilities Project aims to carry out this research through an unusual methodology. Rather than carrying out research behind closed doors, analysing that research in private, and then publishing the findings in often difficult to access academic journals, the project seeks to enact social scientific research on Ecological Sensibilities ‘in the open’.

Through the Podcast, we want to make explicit and transparent the processes by which social science is done and to draw as many people as possible into that process.

This online session, conducted through Zoom, will start with a 15-minute introduction to the ideas behind the project, before a very brief ‘training’ of participants in interviewing each other. You will then be provided with a brief ‘topic guide’ that you will take into breakout rooms and use in having a go at ‘Podcast interviewing’ each other!

Next, you will return to the main room and upload your ‘findings’ – the themes of what you talked about – onto a Padlet wall.

Another brief ‘training’ in analysis will be given and then you will be sent back into your breakout rooms where you will collaborate on looking for themes that are emergent on the Padlet wall.

Back to the main room for feedback and discussion, and then we’ll finish with a 10-minute debrief, where Dr Jamie Barnes will share ideas of the kinds of things that he anticipates finding through the podcast and will offer some reflections on the completed activities. There will also be an opportunity for questions at the end.


Dr Jamie Barnes, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex.


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Further reading and viewing

Back in June always possible was asked to design and facilitate a summit of inspiration, debate and innovation in design.

This one day summit, held on Friday 11th of June, was part of South East Creatives, delivered by always possible in collaboration with Kent County Council.

The day consisted of five one-hour sessions via Zoom – a mix of networking, roundtable debate and webinar presentations.

Special guests from across design, architecture, visual art, sustainable innovation, construction, civil engineering and technology showcased new ideas and debated the future of the built environment.

Read about the events and speakers