Tuesday, December 13, 2011

M A N I F E S T O and more...

M A N I F E S T O  Part ONE
Our manifesto is just as much about education as it is health; the arts as it is science, communities as it is the individual. Well-being is central to our vision. The arts are central to fulfilling our fundamental human rights.

  • this is not a quick fix
  • this is not about benign lumps of municipal sculpture
  • this is not about reducing the arts to a cost-effective prescription
  • this is about well-being
  • this is about democracy
  • this is about human flourishing
  • this is about new ways of understanding impact and value
  • this is about solidarity

Click on the image above to access full-colour, black and white and podcast versions. I'll be collating all comments and thoughts over the new-year.

Please keep your eye on the blog for updates on three very special networking events over winter/spring 2012:
  • Stroke and the Arts
  • Dementia and Imagination
  • Fourth Culture
Response to the European Review Consultation
For those of you who were interested in the response to the European Review Consultation lead by Sir Michael Marmot for the World Health Organisation, emphasising the importance of creativity, culture and the arts in relationship to social determinants of health and health inequalities, please see the co-ordinated response from Stephen Clift, to whom I extend my thanks.
(Click on image below)

 Experience of Creativity Questionnaire
Elaine McNeill from Liverpool John Moores University is undertaking a study that network members may want to contribute to.
The purpose of the study
This study is part of MSc in Consciousness and transpersonal Psychology and will look toward developing an understanding of personal transformation as an outcome of creative practice.  As a participant you may benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of your creative practice. 
Taking part
It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do you will be asked to complete a 10-15min questionnaire online. You are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw will not affect your rights. The online questionnaire requires you to consider a time when you were being creative. The questionnaire should take approx 10-15mins. You may be asked to take part in an in-depth interview which will take 20-30mins, please leave a contact email address at the end of the survey. The interview will be exploring the aspects of the creative process discussed in the questionnaire.
The possible benefits include:
A greater understanding of creativity which could inform your studies/practice.
As a participant you will have access to the final report and you may be quoted verbatim in future publications. However, your participation and contribution to this research will be kept confidential as you will remain anonymous in all information/data. 
Please click on this link to access the questionnaire:  http://www.survey.ljmu.ac.uk/ecq

The Two Wheeled Key to Better Health and a Better World
Thanks again to Cheryl G for another excellent info-graphic. Click on the graphic to go to the full document.