Examples of Past Workshops Facilitated
Below are some examples of workshops I have facilitated for young people during my time delivering transformative learning experiences at schools worldwide.
Western Science and Other Ways of Knowing
Why do we do science? What are the components of science and how has it changed over history as a subject, a way of seeing the world, and as a culture? We discuss exciting points of contact between Western Science and other areas such as Creativity, Art, Design, Philosophy and Ethics. How can we use science as a lens through which to see the world? To see the unconnected as connected, the mundane as interesting, and opportunities around us to investigate, be curious, discover?
The Evolution of Humans, Nature & Tech
Description: We tour through the ages on an exploration and interrogation of the relationship of Humans and Nature and by extension, Technology. We focus in on Nature as a 'resource', a deity, as a fearful force, and more recently: an inspiration and guide for creation and design. This introduces us to the two recent Revolutions in Biology and gets us thinking about the direction
humanity is taking and what the future may hold.
How to Find Your Purpose and Act On It
Description: Together we trace over our personal stories and ground ourselves in our personal history and motivations. This allows us to step forward into the world aligning our passions and the world's needs, to find the thing that gets us up in the morning: purpose.
How to Start a Campaign and Create Lasting Change in the World
Description: Building off the last workshop, I guide participants through the strategy of building the voice, publicity and logistics of a campaign that fights for a cause you have identified. Methods to facilitate teamwork and leadership including non-hierarchical decision making and conflict resolution all play a part in creating a sustainable path to achieve your goals.
Understand the DNA Revolution, Design Your Own Super-bug and Solve World Problems
Description: Drawing from my experience in the lab, this is a tour de force of the field of synthetic biology, DIY bio and genetic engineering. Over multiple workshops, participants understand the extent of what is possible, and the sheer potential of the rapidly evolving field. Group exercises in designing a loop, or ‘plasmid’ of DNA, design principles, and applications, eventually lead learners to a point where they can design their own super-bug bacteria to solve a world problem.
How to Survive (and Thrive!) in an Increasingly a Chaotic, Complex and Unpredictable World
Description: The way the World works is changing. What does this mean for us as we enter the World of Work, Study, Play and more? Rather than shy away from an increasingly VUCA world (i.e. a world that is ever more volatile, unpredictable and complex) we identify the edges of current trends and how we can use them to our best benefit - building value for ourselves and others in the process. In the discussion, we explore themes such as the Open Source movement, which allows exploration of current revolutions in economy (cryptocurrency), science (DIY Biology movement) and business (democratisation and decision-making).
Designing a New World with Nature’s Guidance: Biomimicry
Description: The Biomimicry revolution is bringing together the genius of many different areas: Scientists, Designers, Philosophers, Artists, and above all, Nature’s genius. Exploring and thinking about why Nature has a lot to teach us. Nature has tried, tested and learned how to live gracefully on this planet over 3.6 billion years. Discovering examples of Biomimicry we go through the design process.
Re-wiring Your Brain: the Neuroscience of Stress, and Mindfulness
Description: A series of workshops that introduce mindfulness and meditation, and help incorporate these practises into their every day lives. The recent merging of Science and Spirituality brings us an unprecedented understanding of the benefits of Mindfulness and what practise can do to our well-being and brain. It also allows us to observe and understand how stress wreaks havoc on our being. A crash course in Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity and an understanding of the recent research in this field helps realise its sheer significance.