When the role of the suffragette movement, at the turn of the last century, in gaining the right for women to vote is raised, many people immediately think of the Pankhurst family and their achievements. Whilst this, to a large extent is rightly so, there were many women of all social backgrounds who also supported the cause, and in so doing, suffered much hardship and imprisonment at the hands of an uncaring Government of the day. Read more
Steve Tilley chose to speak about Mad People’s History course developed in Ryerson University, Toronto Canada and how it has reached out all over the world causing much discussion to happen around how we perceive mental health.
This time it is about first hand experience documented by people who have encountered the psychiatric system…The 12th June was a great night and benefited from having Steve share his vocation in plain: Good evening – Kirsten and I feel privileged to have this opportunity to tell you about projects we feel passionate about. I will tell you about two videos that form part of Mad People’s History, an online course from the Cheng School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University that won a Canadian award for best videography in an online course, last year. Read more
Kirsten made short talk at the 12th of June event. She is a social historian and has been working on Oor Mad History a community history project about the history of activism by mental health service users in Lothian. Service user led and supported by NHS Lothian, we look at ways of using community history and the arts to strengthen the service user voice and movement today and in the future.
Professor Antonella Sorace talks about her life long research into the importance of bilingualism to the brain. Her talk, 2 languages in 1 brain illustrates some of the messages she is trying to get out and breaks down some of the myths she wants to discourage. It really is good for you, learn some new language today and finding out about Bilingualism Matters
Jamie Cooke came along to Leith on the 12th of June 2012 to talk a bit about the history of the RSA. A great guy who is always running around setting something up or making something happen. On that night he was telling us what he puts his life into, a great history…
Background: The Royal Society for the encourage of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and peopl’s hopes for a better world. Read more
Well, the tail has been twisted and yarn has been spun. Luke has cleaned up the sound files and the first podcast is here for all those who could not make it. Over time we want to make the talks all as accessible as possible and free podcasting seems to be a great way to reach more people.
On the 24th of May in the Counting House, Edinburgh we all had the pleasure of listening to Prof Ray Miller share his passion for thinking about happiness.
Here is the abbreviated text from his presentation so everyone can get the benefit even if they could not make it along Happiness in Practice: a Presentation by Prof. Ray Miller – Practical ways to improve your sense of personal well-being. This is an abbreviated script of a PowerPoint presentation to the Ragged University on 24 May 2012. The presentation and associated material can be downloaded from www.HappinessUK.com.
Oh, what a week ! Sometimes it is that uphill struggle to get the most simple of things done. I find myself occasionally battling with people’s apathy and cynicism born of apathy, the inertia of the superstructures we work and live within, the anger of people reified from years past when they tried and failed to do something, and the desire to be recognised.
I remind myself what is possible by looking around to the buildings, the landscape; I go to the library and think of those with the perseverance and tenacity to have written their thoughts down and shared them. Read more
I have been thinking about the technology available today in context with the libraries available. It makes me wonder about what some of the people of the past would make of it all.
If we consider Voltaire who was a champion of the French Enlightenment, or Erasmus who wrote over seventeen million words in his lifetime, or the remarkable range of works created by the likes of Aristotle, what would they have managed with a personal computer. Everything was painstakingly done by hand, often through many drafts. Read more