Meaningful change on pressing social issues will come only through processes of design, implementation and learning that engage those with a stake in the situation. Self-determination is the driver for sustainable reform of purpose, and methodology its bedrock.
BOOKING BELOW DEADLINE 6th November
The conference is designed for practitioners in the public, corporate, community and academic sectors working toward social and environmental justice in these demanding times. It will engage deeply with theories of practice in participatory research, to support emergent practice within the field. We celebrate the spirit of grass roots tenacity thriving amidst the realities of ideological shifts and economic austerity. The conference will open theory and practice, contextualising participatory research methods through experiential learning.
THE CONFERENCE CYCLES: There are TWO x 2-day events, at the Quaker retreat centre Silver Wattle, located on the shores of Weereewa, a traditional meeting place and ancient ephemeral lake just north of Canberra. We begin with dinner, on the evening before Day 1, and a welcome to participants and to the streams of participatory methodologies present.
About Day 1:Open Space. Be part of initiating conversations with co-learners and our AR specialists. Expect to be understood and challenged in unexpected ways. Join in collective reflection on the challenges and opportunities emerging around the conference theme.
About Day 2: Design and test AR and AL methodologies. Taking a true-to-life scenario, an Action Research Design Team of three experienced practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region, in full view of the conference participants, will develop an AR/AL design and co-facilitate its implementation with you as participants. You will experience the chosen methodologies in action, and be part of debriefing the impact of that design. We will run this cycle three times on Day 2, from initial engagement with the target sector, through the responses and choices participation generates. With the Design Team, you will contribute to solving the methodological challenges as they arise.
This is a small conference - we have space for 40 participants only for each theme.BOOK BY 6th November
And email events [at] alarassociation.org. Speak with Susan Goff, +61 (0) 409 139634 to discuss the conference format, or with our conference organiser, Helena Read +61 (0) 400 062930 about the venue and booking arrangements.