Slow Thinking Lab for connecting people
  • Room 207, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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The idea of the Slow Thinking Lab emerged from the frustration that is felt all over the academic world: 'produce more in a shorter period of time'.

The same phenomena is relevant to all areas of working life. Competitive behaviour is encouraged instead of joining together strengths for mutual reward and for better and more innovative results for society.

All creative work needs time to mature and develop into something meaningful. All work needs time to be conducted in a way that satisfies you, and all of us regardless of our occupation need time to maintain our wellbeing. There is an unnecessary and harmful division between people working in different jobs within the same organisation, and there is a tendency to underestimate the contribution made by someone representing a different working area from ourselves.

A Slow Thinking Lab can be adapted to diverse areas and disciplines such as cross-disciplinary research methodologies, education at all levels, organisational development, and building up wellbeing in working life. 

This talk by Jaana Erkkilä-Hil gives practiced-based examples, showing how she has used Slow Lab as a method for encouraging people to look at their work and themselves as individuals from a new perspective. The University of Lapland are running a pilot about how to connect academic staff, administrators and other members of staff through creative workshops. In a rehabilitation centre for war veterans and neurological patients Jaana has been running workshops to encourage staff and clients to share their experiences and views regardless of their role in the organisation. The workshops have also been used to explore attitudes towards new working methods, and to build up trust and confidence among fellow employees.

This talk starts at 10am and is aimed at Plymouth University staff and students. Please email theartsinstitute@plymouth.ac.uk to book your place.

Speaker biography

Jaana Erkkilä-Hill is Professor in Visual Arts in the University of Lapland, Finland. Her research interests are in arts-based research methodologies, art pedagogies, and art and wellbeing. She is also a practising artist, printmaking as her special field.

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