Symposia, Conferences, Research groups

Our technology allows us to contact people across the globe, but effectiveness of communication is always an issue.

Do you have a group of inter-disciplinary professionals and experts with specialist knowledge who wish to share their ideas and generate new ones?

Invaluable in interdisciplinary groups providing context in which complex ideas can be thoroughly/rigorously researched in plain language, thus enabling the involvement of each of the individuals in the group across professional and experiential divides.

Breakout sessions to explore the implications of ideas raised in papers. To integrate new thinking and to foster considered feedback.

If you are planning to work with a group of people from different specialisms, a structured and facilitated dialogue can provide the conditions necessary for first accessing and then cross-fertilising complex ideas. The plain language, free of jargon and technical terms opens up the dialogue to participants from different disciplines. This provides the context in which complex ideas can be thoroughly & rigorously researched. Such groups can become potent ‘Communities of Inquiry’ from where new and original ideas can be generated.
Examples of interdisciplinary group dialogue:

Medicine, Art & Philosophy, Kings College London 2007-8
A group of medics, researchers. lecturers and artists took part in a series of weekly inquiries, held inside KCL’s wonderful Gordon Museum. The group used exhibits from the museum collection to stimulate inquiries exploring the links between the worlds of medicine, art and philosophy.

It was interesting in this series to see how frequently ethical themes arose, issues of responsibility and respect and rights. My guess is that this was mainly due to the influence of the medical students. It was also interesting to see how often the artistic elements of the inquiry seemed to shed light on some of the ethical dilemmas.