Notes from the day
The first CPA Scotland meeting of 2018 was held on January 20th. The group travelled from far and wide over Scotland, gathering at The Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh. Many in the group were meeting face to face for the first time.
The event was facilitated by eco-psychologist Nadine Andrews, and was arranged around exploring the diverse interpretations of climate change and the ecological crisis held by members of Scotland's newly formed group. The main objective of Scotland's CPA group is to explore why people are apathetic towards climate change, and what professionals in the tertiary education sector can do about it, in order to increase climate change engagement.
From this work there is an aspiration to develop application ideas across HEI and FEI campuses and curricula.
Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to share their own personal and professional story that has led to their current concern for a system many recognise as unsustainable, exploring the complicated feelings that can arise from working within such a system, whilst trying to initiate alternatives with the power to generate genuine and effective sustainable transitions.
The ideas of: burn out; mobilising effectively; defining competence; guilt and motivation; inner conflict; and sense of agency, were raised and explored, whilst recognising the wide range of social, political, and emotional barriers that stand in the way of adopting more sustainable lifestyles and systems. Everyone shared with eachother the journey they have been on with regards to involvement in climate change issues in their personal and professional lives. This was made all the more interesting by the great variety of research and work interests and backgrounds that were present, including civil engineering and sound acoustics, anthropology, tranistion networks, Higher Education lecturers and representatives, communication managers and eco-psychologists.
The group look forward to more events like this in the future, and have identifed key themes for exploring in the months and years ahead.
Summary of Event and Outcomes:
- The Salisbury Centre Edinburgh EH16 5AB
- Aim: share our knowledge, experience, practice & interests
- Facilitated by Nadine Andrews
- Opening mindfulness & nature connection exercise
- Individual creative exercise in the garden - creating something out of found objects that represents how we feel about climate change/ecological crisis
- Group sharing of what we have made
- Sharing of expertise, research, work (15 mins each)
- Open space for emerging issues/topics
Themes to explore further
- Community empowerment, sense of agency
- Why do we care about climate change?
- Inner conflict
- Guilt & motivation
- Framing climate change as risk
- Spiritual dimensions
- Speaking truth
- Achieving joined up thinking/working
- Competence, what is success
- Sense of place, attachment, land & belonging
- Inner-outer, mind-body
Ideas for future CPA-S sessions
- How to use psycho-social approach to improve engagement
- Open space/World Café focussed discussion sessions
- Mix of conversations/discussions of particular topics together with exercises
- Out of work time & face to face sessions around Scotland
- Tools – personal & professional
- Support members to explore feelings & issues in their own format
- Organising another full day & continue the monthly meetings
- More specific, task focussed work together
- Another member day January 2019
- More engagement & sharing on social media of some of the key resources discussed
- Testing models & approaches in sessions to explore & understand a situation
In attendance: Nadine Andrews, John Thorne, Julian Manley, Anja Byg, Sarah-Ford Hutchinson, Clement Luciani, John Wincott, Annabel Pinker, Rebecca Smith, Rebecca Petford, Eva Schonveld, David Somervell
Apologies: Osbert Lancaster, Catherine Happer, Julian Holbrook, Sabrina Chiaretti, Gemma Stenhouse, June Graham.