Campfire Curiosity Series

Here you will find the collection of Campfire Curiosity articles.... Aimed to get you talking here online - Campfire Curiosity is an article which begins due to an encounter - maybe a snippet of news - a radio show - an unexpected chat .....this triggers ponderings, possibly research ... then it is thrown into the fire awaiting the lick of your flames ... Share your experience, your perspective, your knowledge, as you do so, create a friendship & see where the conversation leads....... x

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by Michelle Spriddell
Southwell, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom,
Created on 24 May 2017

The intro i think explains this project fairly concisely (which is rare for me). It is a space for you to connect with a simple pondering, join the conversation by sharing your experiences or understanding so far and be open to growing it further, maybe in entirely new directions - It is, i feel, what Campfire is all about  - The exploration of ideas, application of new directions and finding the people to create the change we dare to envisage. 

It is ok not to have the answers or even the opinions when you post. It is ok to learn publicly and together. It is more than ok to enrich the conversation by joining in... See you by the online fire. 

If you are a ponderer and want to join the project please do get in touch - all are welcome x 





Wed, 05/24/2017

Can You Be A Creative Scientist ?


Update to article below:  the Blue Dot festival mentioned, has been and gone ... did anyone attend??? Brian Eno?? 

Driving along i often turn on Radio 4 and listen to chatterings about science, maths and literary classics that inspire me and frankly often go straight over my head luckily landing in the giant net that is my subconscious... this week my ponderings from long ago were re-ignited by the talk of The Blue Dot Festival and how important it is for Science and the Creative Industries to join forces....It was stated that when they do - amazing things happen.. 

On the surface this attitude in itself seems to escape the vast majority of people possibly due to the fact that the school system likes to separate subjects - break down processes and pigeon hole skills identified through tests ... Scientists are naturally perceived as very precise, methodical, controlled and artists often the polar opposite. Yet when you examine the world around us it is evident that the two go hand in hand. 

Without the creative juices driving the imagination forward of our great Scientists from long ago - we would not be communicating now via tiny little boxes - launching rockets and discovering secrets hidden deep within our DNA. It is also very evident that scientists hold the key to solving some of the world's problems (some would argue it has also led to many of the problems) yet often individuals who are so immersed in the details are also unable to communicate the simplicity of the newfound possibilities, they do not know how to reintegrate it all back to the masses. The creative thinkers can complete this circle... I would love to know more from Campfire Members - please share your experiences, examples and expand on my fairly basic thoughts .....


Links below which popped up whilst writing this - feel free to add some to the comments. : 


To inspire and entertain.
To explore the frontiers of human advancement.
To celebrate science and the exploration of the universe.
To explore the intersections of science, culture, art and technology.
To highlight the fragility of planet Earth.





Ralph Pettingill

Thanks for this @Michelle Spriddell - I only just read your article here! I'm interested in this creativity idea- mainly because I've lived most of my life 'knowing' that I'm not the sort of person who is creative, but occasionally wishing I was. This took the form of enjoying the art and music made by others but generally being overawed by it. My 'career' focussed on working with children young people and families; in particular I'm really interested in play. For example I've worked a lot with play therapy approaches in different social care organisations. Now I understand that 'play' is how children experiment , learn about the world , enjoy themselves and build relationships. I've heard accounts from scientists and engineers who seem to have this same playful, exploratory attitude to their work, which sounds ...creative... so their might be hope for me yet..


Michelle Spriddell

HI @Ralph Pettingill (ralph-pettingill) and 3 months later - i only just read this !! i have just written a campfire curiosity about 64 million artists - you may like the #JanuaryChallenge and the concept.

Also i have a great idea to get people fit through play with their children - i may well grab you for some brainstorming !! x


Ralph Pettingill

Great! Looking forward to hearing more...