Philosophy for Communities

An interview with Susannah from Ignite Imaginations

I work with Ignite Imaginations as a creative facilitator in participatory arts. We did this interview as a short introduction to how I use Philosophy for Communities as a way into creative practice. 

Philosophy for Communities

philosophical enquiry: facilitating creativity

asking questions

exploring big ideas

discussing

playing

ruminating

responding to art and exhibits

exploring ideas together in galleries and museums

community engagement

thinking and talking together

creating original work

creative writing workshops

developing ideas and themes for
creative projects

with groups of all ages

my story

I love finding new and exciting ways to get people thinking, talking and writing together

I've been facilitating groups since I was a teenager. In my work life I trained as a mediator and practiced in a variety of contexts including criminal justice, family work and training peer mediators in schools. As a member of the national team of Organisational Change Facilitators with Action for Children I completed advanced facilitation training with circleindigo

In 2018 I achieved my long time ambition to complete an MA in Creative Writing and during that year also formalised my use of Philosophy for Communities facilitation through SAPERE accredited training. A year working with Ignite Imaginations in community and partictipatory arts provided the practical element of my creative apprenticeship. 

My facilitation is grounded in long experience, honed by practice of philosophical enquiry and open to new collaborative possibilities.