Wisdoms Special Workshop

December 9 2017 – December 9 2017

Whilst much has changed since Pope Gregory described universities as 'wisdom's special workshop' in the early 13th century, the heart of the matter for many of us teaching at or learning in them remains the same: We want to think in new ways, be challenged in our potential, discover ways to improve the world around us and be inspired and learn from those around us despite inevitable differences.

On Saturday December 9th 2017, the university opens its doors to any members of the public interested in thinking together, discovering shared meaning and learning for the sake of transformation on both an individual and social level. The format of the day will be a Bohm Dialogue - a method for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to meet together to listen, think and discover meaning together as a microcosm of society, in this case of Sheffield Society. Rather than start with a set topic, a Bohm Dialogue starts with 'no agenda' - the group must discover together what they need to talk together about in order to learn and discover new shared meaning:

Dialogue, as we are choosing to use the word, is a way of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization. In our modern culture men and women are able to interact with one another in many ways: they can sing dance or play together with little difficulty but their ability to talk together about subjects that matter deeply to them seems invariable to lead to dispute, division and often to violence. In our view this condition points to a deep and pervasive defect in the process of human thought.

Dialogue is a way of observing, collectively, how hidden values and intentions can control our behaviour, and how unnoticed cultural differences can clash without our realizing what is occurring. It can therefore be seen as an arena in which collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise.   

David Bohm

Does this account of wisdom and discovery speak to you? If so, please join in
(NB: this is not a drop in, attendance from 10am is required) and pass the invitation on to anyone you know who might want to also join in.

Light refreshments will be available and there will be a one-hour break for lunch.

Feel free to just turn up - or for more information or to register attendance (to help us get an idea of numbers), contact Hester Reeve, Reader in Fine Art Sheffield Hallam University h.reeve@shu.ac.uk.


10am- 4pm

Hallam View, Owen Building (opposite Millennium Galleries), City Campus

(Hallam View is just above main reception - follow signage at entrance/ask at reception)
All welcome


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