In 2019 we hosted a series of interactive talkshows for students and local entrepreneurs to imagine a not so distant future Pendle
Pendle 2050 was a talking event that gathered community leaders entrepreneurs from local businesses and students from Pendle schools and colleges to collectively imagine Pendle in a not-so-distant future and consider the challenges for employment and economic growth.
Based around a talk show format and led by artist Mikey Weinkove of The People Speak, groups are given themes to discuss around topics such as the future of work. They then presented problems and solutions to a panel, followed by a vote from the floor.
Digital Talking Society
During COVID-19 lockdowns, we moved Talking Society online. Going from an open format, free-flowing conversation that pops up in public spaces, Digital Talking Society was instead planned around specific conversations that related to the way the community was dealing with and responding to the challenges of the pandemic.
There were pros and cons to is. We were able to move the format to Zoom relatively easily, and gain new and bigger audiences but the mechanisms of Zoom altered the democratic way that Talking Society functioned.
Throughout 2020, we held some significant conversations that brought the public together with statutory and voluntary agencies, around themes such as grief, community provision for vulnerable residents, connecting with the landscape and creative local responses. Coming out of Covid we are seeking a hybrid model which blends pop up IRL with a digital element which enables more people to take part.