My time as Social Artist in Residence at the Centre for Creative Collaboration is helping consolidate stuff that I’ve been learning throughout my career. I want to share some of this by running some workshops around the question:
“How do I use social art, social media and social tools to improve my organisation’s engagement with its customers or other stakeholders?” (btw that’s whether your organisation is just you or hundreds of other people too)
I’m going to run some 1-day workshops to help you explore where you might start; how you can make use of things that you already have; how you know who else to get involved; and how you keep going once you’ve got started.
We will get there the same way that the Tuttle consulting group has been working things through with our consulting client, Counterpoint. We’ll use the tried and trusted Tuttle approach of playing around with ideas, talking lots, trying out tools and ideas and generally making it up as we go along.
Many people don’t go near social tools because they’re afraid of getting things wrong or looking stupid. So I’m placing this workshop in a context that values getting things wrong, where everyone will probably look a little bit stupid, where we will value each other’s silly childish scribbles and say “This is great! Carry on! You have to start somewhere. Well done! Well done for having a go.”
Who should attend?
- have been exposed to the theories about social media but want to get their hands dirty; or
- have a strategic role but need some practical experience of social tools; or
- are artists in any medium, looking for ways to expand and extend their creative practice; or
- know that using social tools is important, but don’t know where to start; or
- want to be better at having conversations with others inside or outside their organisation; or
- just feel stuck and are eager to try something new.
What actually happens?
The day will take the form of a field trip in which we go out together, explore a space and use social tools to capture and reflect on the experience. The group will decide for itself exactly which space will be visited, but the idea is to have a day out and about so the menu includes museums, galleries, woods, ponds, rivers as well as more urban landscapes.
You will learn:
- the importance of maintaining flow and creative action in your work;
- how to collaboratively create an online cultural artefact;
- how to think about your business from a social perspective;
- how to make simple engaging media with others;
You will have the chance to reflect on:
- your own ability to work in a group;
- your own creativity;
- how these tools might help you deal with a change in your market or organisational environment;
- how decisions can be made collectively;
- ways that you might use social tools in your everyday work.
I’m pricing the days at a specially discounted £75+VAT per person for these first ones. You will need to bring your own packed lunch, at least one portable device capable of connecting to the internet, a fully-charged oyster card and a kagoul in case of inclement weather.
Lloyd Davis is a social artist and master community builder. He has been blogging and podcasting since 2004. With a diverse background that includes theatre, information management and public service regulation he has acquired a unique, in-depth and practical understanding of the social web and building rich relationships online and off-. Having founded London’s highly influential Tuttle Club which regularly attracts the UK’s brightest social media thinkers and doers, Lloyd speaks, writes and consults about these uses of social technology and is currently Social Artist in Residence at the University of London’s Centre for Creative Collaboration.