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Nick Dixon and Annie Harrison talk about ExtInked tattoos

Nick Dixon with a tattoo on his shoulder of a Capercaille, and Annie Harrison with a Cornflower tattooed on her ankle. What do they have in common ?  They are two of the 100 selected ambassadors from the unique ExtInked partnership project spoke about their work, including their motivation for taking on the challenge, the experience of the tattooing and subsequent endeavours on behalf of their endangered species.

ExtInked is an art and ecology project in which one hundred original drawings of endangered British species were tattooed onto one hundred volunteers.

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Mad People’s History by Steve Tilley

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

Oor Mad History by Kirsten Maclean

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.

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2 Languages in 1 Brain by Antonella Sorace

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

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The History of the RSA by Jamie Cooke

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