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We're just recovering from our second Convention event, the first London session and are already busy planning the next one. We would welcome your feedback and suggestions please, simply in the comments section below..
What did you like best? Least?
What are you thinking about as a result of the sessions?
What should the priorities be now?
Or anything else you want to feed back to us...
"I’ve just had a mind blowing extraordinary day at a Campfire Convention ‘Reimagining our World’ conference in Union Chapel, Islington. I’ve learned so much and have been saturated in the wisdom of good people doing good work in the world" Liv Torc
"Inspiring stuff,,... my heart is bursting" Lucy Sage
"Fabulous people, great engagement, loved it. You need to raise the subscription cost on your website." Lucille Glenn
" Last time I was at the Union Chapel I was learning how to be a clown. This time talking about co-living in an increasingly disconnected world at the Campfire Convention, with honest, challenging and fruitful discussions from people with passionate views on the direction of things. Moving, alarming, calming and arresting. Hope my clown training worked when needed, and stayed in the box when not! Look forward to more soon." Ben O'Sullivan
"The weekend at Union Chapel, Islington has given me more hope for social change in the near future than I've had for a long time. #inspiring #socialnetwork #newfriends #greatplans" Manda Graham
"It was a fabulous event! Thank you!" Kimm Fearnley
"We’ve worked together and been friends for a long time - you have always held space for people and this is undoubtedly your finest most purposeful creation. Proud to know you this is the beginning of something seizmic." Eugenie Arrowsmith
"I had a brilliant time making new friends and learning about new ideas and initiatives. The storytelling, poetry and thinkshops were all wonderful as was the impromptu choir. A real gem of a day." Azka Malik
"A wonderful affirming and thought provoking day." Ralph Pettingill
"It was a great day" Lehla Etheridge
"Thanks Pete and thanks also to all the people that gave their time and knowledge on panels, filming, entertaining, providing the lovely food.....as always it’s all about people giving of themselves and the fab things that happen when they come together" Bryony Croft
"Great day and evening. Much food for thought." Clare Ryalls
I loved the venue and the energy of the day. I met some incredibly interesting people and the discussions provoked lots of thinking in me. Thank you.
I liked it when presenters came out from behind the table ? (I would say that!)
I think parallel timings work better. In the afternoon there was a sense of missing something somewhere else - and I did miss Liv’s summary poem, which I’m sad about.
I loved that each workshop was given enough time to discuss things properly.
And I wish more people had tweeted! That’s how we help to generate a buzz around Campfire. I am guilty of not setting that up properly before.
Loved basically everything about the day - all the people I met, all the sessions I attended, the historic if maze-like venue. Highlights? - the improv (of course), all the discussions between sessions about where we want to take CC, being the Earth in winter, hearing about Common and Kind, Postlip Hall co-housing, Dignity Platform and a great potential funding model, and of course hot tubs xx
Oh, and what a wonderful way with words Liv has!! xx
Firecast link FYI https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/campfire/our-first-podcast-firecast-001
And Rick the farmer - must go back and listen to the first CC firecast again! xx
Can someone point me to Liv's summary poem as I would dearly like to read it, thank you!
Yes, is on The Bugle and also in the Project for the event https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/features/liv-torcs-poem-campfire-bil... and has also been flagged on the Facebook group (maybe worth turning on notifications there?) Post includes a video of her performance
Loved: The people, people, people ..... and discussions inspired lots of thinking and ideas for developing the Edinburgh Beacon.
Agree with Lou that there was a sense of missing something when I wasn't able to attend both sessions. I'd like to have been part of the food discussion but sat on the sustainable enterprise panel instead.
Things I'd change: I'm a bit of a details freak when it comes to hosting so things like a box of plastic cutlery on the table at lunch and paper plates just didn't seem good enough. Also too many sliced bread sandwiches which I've developed an aversion to due to the number of events I go to that lack inspiration in the catering department. On a positive note, the home made quiches and salads were great and I'd have been happy with just that for lunch as it appeared that most of the sandwiches were taken away at the end and probably wasted. Also some good quality chocolate or biscuits for afternoon tea would have helped with the energy slump.
All in all a great weekend and I'm glad I made the journey from Edinburgh. Look forward to hopefully welcoming some of you north of the border at some point soon xx
The sandwiches were a surprise to me, @Eileen Inglis . I thought it would mainly be quiche and more fruit - but you're right, there should have been more consultation. I just didn't have time organising the event myself without any pre-prep help other than with ticketing - the Circle Teams should really help pull all the details together and I'll be stepping back from organising the mechanics of future events to concentrate on the programme, moderating etc.
I too loved the weekend and meeting people I have communicated with but not met in person.
I also agree that I felt I was missing some talks/thinkshops.
Some panels would have worked better with a moderator as passionate people sometimes need a little nudge back on to the topic being discussed and talking over each other is not polite or helpful.
What are we trying to achieve could be the basis of each panel - otherwise we just end up talking and not doing.
(My biggest turn off with any event).
Maybe at the end we gather in a circle and write on a piece of paper something we learned, something we will change or something we want to investigate further - or all three.
A call to action “what can we do?” “What do we agree we will do?” and some way of collating these pledges or getting feedback.
Taking minutes at each meeting/talk and having those minutes written up quickly and fed back to members.
Food as Eileen points out could have been better thought out. We talk about sustainability/organic/vegan etc and we also talk about “the change starts here”. Things like food are easy ways to set an intention and create an energy, a commitment.
We need to ask “where the wasted food goes, where did the eggs come from? Etc.
Because meditation is a part of my life I would have liked to begin with a circle setting out intention individually and as a group for a few minutes.
The campfire is missing!
I know you can’t light one in the middle of a hall but could we have had one somewhere - in a fire basket?
Thanks for the feedback, @Kimm Fearnley ...Any or all of this could have been done, if someone had taken it on!
Would love to see it all at the next event.
I was quite rushed and unable to organise all details that things slipped through the net. Hence the Circle teams so we can improve on the detail which is so important...
It's taken me a few days to return to CC- lots to digest.
Highlights: meeting several people new to me and finding connections that already exist with people and networks.('It's a small world' things...)
I loved the poetry, the singing, Sally Hughes' intro- I got really absorbed in this. At the moment creative approaches are very important for me, something I'm trying to recover/ find/ re-establish in my life.
I enjoyed listening to people and hearing there perspectives. I liked the overall balance of the day.
Areas to develop/ improve in future (in no particular order)
Creative approaches to facilitating meetings: always include 'break out' groups/ pairs. Use creative approaches to recording actions or responses.
The venue: interesting and a good location, but not very accessible within the building. I'd like us to have a policy/ aim to use buildings with good physical access. This works for people with mobility issues, and is good for all of us.
Also, in future, as well as local events, how about holding CC events in places that aren't the London or the South..? It's good up north ...
Facilitating events: I think we need to develop some guidelines about chairing meetings to ensure that everyone has a space to comment, and 'enthusiasts/ overconfident people' don't predominate. This would fit in with an equality principle/ guideline, that we want to hear everyone's opinion . Quite a lot of people didn't speak in large groups, so we need methods to change this.
I think the energy 'flagged' a bit at the end of our last meeting: plenaries take quite a bit of thought, to avoid being a talking shop.
It was a big deal for me to come along with my partner, so an interesting 'first' for me/ us, and I think that went well for me.
Probably would have been good to have a session (as scheduled on the Shoe Camp!) on website 'how to' / tutorial/feedback.
All in all, an excellent event.
It struck me that you @Pete Lawrence ended up doing quite a lot (too much?) of the event planning (not quite sure how much assistance you got).
Thanks again, to everyone who made this happen.