IT’S A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO BE BOTH AUDIENCE AND PARTICIPANT AND FOR THAT TO FEEL COMPLETELY NATURAL AND RELAXED
What do robots, teenage banter and woolly hats have in common?
The Possibility Club WHAT IF…? popped-up in Brighton on 20th September, and continued the pattern of some curious people meeting in a dark room to explore the big questions. The thread we discovered was the limits and possibilities of compassion.
Adam asked us what if robots become more creative than humans? He articulated his ingredients for creativity, and how his current work in film and story-telling is built on 15 years of learning (and many mistakes). We considered whether artificial intelligence can ever truly be artificially creative, whether originality has a formula and whether compassion is needed in art. What if we could use algorithms to know in advance how a piece of creative work will be received – would you be tempted to use it, or is the genuine creativity in the risk?
Gerry asked us what if business leaders were funnier? He gave us examples of surprise, irony, wit and obfuscation by world leaders – and the science of humour as a tool for de-escalating, persuading and reassuring. But what if humour is also deceitful, and by playing the clown you are actually avoiding serious scrutiny or accountability?
We looked at comedy as a currency, and the power of quick-witted banter in teenage groups, in the workplace and in the pub – and whether this spontaneity does the same thing as the crafted placement of a killer joke in a boardroom speech or TED talk.
Kate asked us what if we donated our ‘abundance’, our unique skills, rather than our unwanted shoes and second-hand pants when it comes to humanitarian aid. We explored together her work in Calais, Italy and Greece and what a movement of volunteers looks like – whether travelling or simply on Skype or at home – when the act is to simply share a skill with someone for whom it could be useful.
We looked at the butterfly effect – of how teaching crochet to a small group of refugee boys in Italy, resulted in a new community dynamic, a profitable market-stall and a village now famous for its home-made woolly hats.
Feedback from the event:
“Thank you to the wonderful speakers and all those who contributed, connected, shared and made it such an enjoyable evening. Full of curiosity, humour and compassion, all that makes us human!”
“Adulthood. Do what you want with it. A different kind of coming-of-age. Liberating. Thanks for the wisdom, Possibility Club!”
“Another riveting evening. It’s a rare opportunity to be both audience and participant and for that to feel completely natural and relaxed. Really engaging topics, insightful speakers and an all-round valuable evening. Looking forward to next month’s.”
“It was a really thought-provoking evening. It is a clever idea to get people to come along and pose a question rather than just present to you.”
The next events will be in:
Worthing (Venue TBC) on 20th September.
London (Venue TBC) on 29th November.
Worthing (The Connaught Theatre) on 20th December.
Speakers to be confirmed, but tickets now available HERE.
Details will be in our fortnightly newsletter and at thepossibilityclub.org
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