Translating what we think into what we do
Between 24 May and 2 June, How the Light Gets In, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, takes place in Hay-on-Wye, alongside the literary festival.
Famed for bringing together "thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties that you've come to expect," this year's festival will explore the theme Error, Lies, and Adventure.
So often, errors and lies impede our capacity to turn our thoughts, dreams and ideas into reality. When we try to make something happen - whether ensuring every child is educated, tackling gender inequality, participating more in our civil society, or collaborating more effectively around any social challenge - our agency is bound by implicit and explicit assumptions about how things should happen, what can - and what can't - be done, and who should do what.
The worst part? We often aren't even aware of these assumptions and their ensuring restrictions on us. As a matter of course, 'change' almost inevitably comes in the form of reconfiguration, new organisations, new roles, new professionals, new training, new rules and new requirements – top-down and conventional. Yet such emphasis on creating 'new' to solve problems can easily eclipse the knowledge, assets and resources already in place within our surroundings, and ourselves.
Where is the adventure?
Where are the opportunities for visible, truthful creation of social achievement; of experiences, opportunities and journeys that let all of us find our own light?
Under the title The Pulpit, the Point People and Nesta have curated a varied cast of innovators to share and debate how they responded to found errors by designing adventurous new paths. Whether it be in response to the housing crisis, shifting local government, employability, mental health, social isolation or farming in Africa, each person in The Pulpit will describe how their current action is building towards a better possible future.
Shining light over farms, churches, corner offices, studios and ateliers, and into the recesses of ourselves, we hope to illuminate what a new cultural and social adventure looks like - for individuals and for communities. The conversations and debates will challenge the tacit, overt and codified rules we place around what change is and how to achieve improvement in social outcomes. By the end of The Pulpit sessions, we hope to cultivate a concept of change which enables a more uninhibited translation of ideas into reality.
- Eugenie Teasley - Spark & Mettle
- Ian Drysdale - Good Gym
- Suzy Glass - Heliotrope
- Alastair Parvin - Wiki House
- Kenny Ewan - We Farm
- Cynthia Shanmugalingam - Kitchenette
- Jack Graham - Year Here
- Ben Unsworth - Shift Surrey (Surrey County Council)
- Jane ni Dhulchaointigh - Sugru
- Katie Harris - NANA
- Dan Thompson - We Will Gather