– Imagining scenarios
– Enabling individual and group actions
– Marking the event
The focus of these practical, creative workshops is managing change, addressing climate change, or envisioning a new scenario – or all three. But instead of pens and paper, participants are given tools that are sculptural, reusable and portable, such as aquariums and baskets into which they are encouraged to place objects and materials that trigger memories. The supportive space of these small workshops allows time for reflection and the sharing of hopes and ideas about future scenarios, as well as anxieties. These are then shared with relevant stakeholders, although in an ideal situation, stakeholder representatives would also attend the workshops.
Jubilee Pool Stories: Penzance, Cornwall
In this summer workshop, children aged 6–11 years from St Maddern’s school, Penzance, spent the whole day at Jubilee Pool, which became an outdoor classroom. They learned about the history of bathing at the pool, and enjoyed swimming and making mini-pools. At the end of the day, the children were told about future ideas for the pool, then asked to write down their own wishes, which they placed in see-through bags in their mini-pools. These were put on display at the Newlyn Exchange public gallery in Penzance. Their work was also taken to the Society and Sea Conference in Greenwich in 2018.
Coral Communities: Fundo Island, Zanzibar
During this year-long project, I ran a two-day workshop with islanders focusing on resource-mapping and the resilience of the surrounding coral reefs in the face of climate change. Co-facilitator, Timur Jack-Kadıoğlu from Mwambao Coastal Community Network explains the activity: “Using a waterproof, woven ‘ocean basket’ gifted to the community by a Cornish artisan, villagers placed items that represented the best and worst aspects of their future, after which the basket was symbolically filled with seawater, embodying their intrinsic relationship with the coast.”