This meet up is mainly for people who (through choice or necessity) are looking at the changing world of work in a practical way (but is also for those with a more general interest in change). It is for people who are interested in alternatives to the traditional models of employment, self-employment, or unemployment.
The session will be participative.There will be opportunities to reflect on personal experiences and we will be building on our shared knowledge and experiences - but it will not be intrusive (no pressure to share personal details).
These are some of the basic ideas behind the meet up:
The present situation is not what most of us expected. The future is uncertain and hard to imagine – but it is where we are headed because going back is not an option. Whatever the future holds, we will be stronger together. We need to break away from a model of employment where many individuals are competing against each other in isolation for too few jobs - that approach is wasteful and destructive on many levels. There are other, more collaborative, models - we need to explore and refine them. We’ll start the session with a blank map on a flip chart - representing the future as "an unknown country". By the end of the session we’ll have sketched in some of the features of this unknown country and we’ll have developed a shared image of our starting point (where we are now).
If people have overlapping interests then we may start to create collaborative groups, plan some possible routes to explore and seek resources to help us on our way. There will also be opportunities for informal networking.
We're meeting in the function room above the bar 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. You're welcome to bring drinks up with you. The session will last approximately 2 hours, with plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and networking afterwards.
Free wifi will be available throughout the evening should anyone want to use it.
The session is organised by Pamela McLean.