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The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education – to shift the axis of what is possible! It is for everyone who is passionate about education including college, university, school staff and students as well as those engaged in education throughout the creative communities.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Call out to all educators and creative practitioners interested in transformational change!

Is there an issue you would like to address in order to make a change that will improve outcomes for learners? 
Are you interested in working creatively with educators to improve outcomes for learners? 
For those in an education setting -Scotland's Creative Learning Partnership is offering you a unique opportunity to help you address a challenging issue and make a transformative change. Issues and changes can be at any scale – from classroom-based to whole establishment/learning community. This invitation is open to individuals from all education sectors so there is potential for cross-sectoral partnership working. 
We will help you explore your issue by matching you up with a creative catalyst who will work with you, using creative approaches and coaching techniques, to help you plan and implement your change. 
You are invited to register your interest with us by answering these questions:
  • What is the issue you would like to address?
  • What is the change you would like to make?
  • What is the impact you would like this change to have on learners? 
On receipt of expressions of interest, we will select a number of projects to go forwards to the next stage. If selected, you will be invited to attend an event in Glasgow on 22nd January at which you will be asked to share your issue with a range of creative practitioners (see below) who will, in turn, have the opportunity to present examples of their experiences of working in educational settings to you. 
This pilot project will run from January through to June 2015, with the engagement element taking place from February to May in the form of tailor-made support whereby creative practitioners will be matched with education challenges at and following the January event. You will be expected to document your learning and experiences as your project progresses using film, voice recordings, visuals, etc. and you will be invited to participate in a final event to share your learning as part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas, June 2015. 
Please register your interest by Wednesday 14 Januaryby emailing your response to the three questions above to:
Karen Lawson, Advisor, College Development Network: 

Creative catalysts/coaches - Do you have experience of working in educational settings to apply coaching style creative approaches to solve problems or challenges?

Selected creative practitioners and educators will be invited to come together to attend an event in Edinburgh On 22nd January. At this ‘marketplace’ event educators will be asked to present their issue and creative practitioners will be invited to share examples of their experiences of working in educational settings in order to identify good matches.

As the Creative Change challenges will each require a tailor made response, funding for creative catalysts’ input will be awarded on a project by project basis.
 Please register your interest by Wednesday 14 January, by emailing your response to the questions above, to Stephen Bullock, Development Officer - Creativity, Education Scotland: