Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Critical Voices Network Ireland

Critical Voices Network Ireland national quarterly meeting is in Dublin this Saturday May 26th from 9.30 - 4.45pm.

This is an open invitation to those interested in progressing change within the mental health system in Ireland to join us for a energised event based around creative, dynamic and collective learning to look at how we can work together to progress alternatives, support current network initiatives, generate and record our ideas and progress the kinds of changes we want to see in the future. The day has been designed to maximise exploratory, creative group discussion time and collaborative sharing of ideas throughout.

Venue : Sophia Housing, Cork Street, Dublin 8 (www.sophia.ie) same as 2011
Access : 20 mins walk from Heuston Station/ Taxi will cost about €8/ Buses from city centre take about 15 mins max (27, 56a, 77a, 77n, 151 see:http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/your-journey1/timetables/?searchtype=stage_place&searchquery=Cork+St.)
Parking : On-street parking available at no charge on Saturdays.
Food : Snacks and a limited number of lunches available for purchase on site Sophia Cafe as well as local shops available on Cork St.
Cost : Contributions to cover costs appreciated as we are currently self-funding (€5 recommended minimum donation per person to cover venue rental & morning teas/coffees)

Creative, Critical and Collective Dynamism
09.30 - 10.30 Registration
10.30 - 11.00 Welcome, Orientation and Creative Opening
11.00 - 11.55 Exploratory Groups ~ Session 1
11.55 - 12.05 Exploring the space / groups / Ideas Line
12.05 - 13.00 Exploratory Groups ~ Session 2
13.00 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45 Exploratory Groups ~ Session 3
14.45 - 14.55 Comfort break
14.55 - 16.30 Plenary Forum: feedback from groups, matters arising, collective decision-making
16.30 - 16.45 Final thoughts & Creative Close

Exploratory Groups

CVNI Culture and Ethos
Exploring network communications culture online as well as reflecting upon and consolidating overall network culture, ethos, values and vision. Group will also be concerned with a final definition of the CVNI by-line/sub-title in terms of creative process and critical enquiry.
Developing Alternatives – current and future initiatives and projects:
Exploring current and upcoming opportunities for development of network related alternatives such as, but not limited to, Hearing Voices groups and training, WRAP, Ti Suaimhnis project, ongoing and new research proposals, Testimonials Project and many more... Bring your ideas, feedback and get involved!
Cultivating Activism
Exploring lobbying and activism ideas and opportunities to progress change but what changes are we seeking and how can we achieve it... this group will facilitate a collective analysis of power and explore our potential to influence and create change together .

We are using an adapted version of Open Space Technology for this event to help us to create a uniquely energised, dynamic and creative experience. We encourage participants to move around, exploring the spaces and different groups, engaging with others while contributing ideas through the group process, collaborating on the Ideas Line to inspire us over the day and record our ideas for the future (based in the central space - pick up your pegs at registration), engaging with Participation Ladders within the groups and/or spending time out as desired in reflection at any point in the designated Quiet Space upstairs.

We are looking forward to seeing as many like-minded creative and critical networkers as possible, so please help to spread the word and invite interested people and supporters.

If travellers need beds for Friday night in Dublin please email bernadette.bushe@gmail.com and we'll try and match people up as best we can. Car-pooling would be good too so offer up your spare seats to Dublin here!

Here's to a dynamic and creative day together :-)

CVNI East group

To subscribe to CVNI email send a blank message to
Email to entire group: criticalvoices@working4recovery.com

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