what do people say?

It's great to hear what people have valued in a session I've facilitated but I also like to hear ideas for what they think could be even better in the future. That way I get to keep growing and learning.

For me, the 'Sheffield Philosophy in Pubs' is an opportunity not only to discuss ideas in a friendly and welcoming environment, but an opportunity to hear from those who might otherwise not be afforded a public voice on relevant philosophical topics. I have learned, primarily, that there is great wisdom in experience and that all experiences are valid. Similarly, the gentle confrontation of another’s ideas, stemming from a curiosity in one’s own, is an excellent means of encouraging one to view the world from another’s perspective. The PiP approach teaches one to value every idea as if it were your own, whilst Rosie’s approach to facilitation, in particular, structures the discussion in a way which ensures an active engagement and productive dialogue, by encouraging all to listen and contribute to a central theme. Especially in these dark times of public isolation (but almost equally so in ordinary times) such a group presents a unique opportunity to discuss big questions in the hope of developing understanding and friendship.

A.H. Sheffield Philosophy in Pubs

Rosie Carnall has been an Associate Trainer with DECSY since 2018. During this time she has delivered P4C (Philosophy for Children/Communities) sessions for us working creatively with a range of different community groups.

As a senior P4C trainer (accredited with SAPERE, the national quality assurance body for P4C), I can vouch for the exceptional quality of Rosie’s P4C facilitation. She offers a creative and innovative approach to P4C, drawing on her experience and skills in the arts. She is able to engage a wide range of different audiences in a process where she skilfully draws out participants’ creative and critical thinking enabling them to explore matters of importance collaboratively with each other.


Things I learned or enjoyed:

  • Sharing my thoughts and feelings and responding to written creative texts in a thoughtful way

  • Aspects of philosophical thinking, a new poem, lots about other participants

  • It is so easy to be misunderstood so it is wise to sit with the misunderstanding longer to gain insights and alternative understandings of what has been heard

  • The ideas that can stem from a single thought.

  • The importance of emotional intelligence in the art of questioning and listening.

  • Not taking things at face value and understanding how history and its important questions have helped mankind

  • Meeting with others with similar interests, introduction to poems, understanding how concepts work in poetry and how these are experienced in life

  • The chance to hear from a range of people from several places in the world

  • I love, love, love the respectful conversations and the insights, and challenges that arise

  • Learning new things

Sheffield Year of Reading P4C session participants

  • You have a very relaxed presence even on Zoom Rosie - it helps a lot. Also the quick summaries and questions. Thanks SO much to you and everyone

  • I think it worked well over Zoom. Enjoyed the different activities and the chance to talk in smaller groups. I found the process easier to follow after doing it once before. Thank you!

  • interesting and nicely ‘held’ journey from more abstract stuff to specific issues for us…flowed really well. I have some stuff to share with you about using google slides as a way of sharing emergent ideas I experienced this in a course last night and think it would work well in this one!

  • Hey Rosie that was a really good session.  Thank you. I think it really has been a part of our healing together after the community has been through difficult times.

  • This has been a very valuable session thank you Rosie and everyone. lots more work to do.  thanks so much.

  • Thanks Rosie. It's been good to talk through this stuff. It has worked well over zoom and it felt inclusive.  You have a good flow and your summary of what we are saying is useful.

On the Brink Co-housing Community P4C session participants