THE SECOND GATHERING
Wicked Company’s second Gathering will take place in the circular Bute Rooms at the National Museum for Scotland in Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, UK, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, 2022. We will assemble in the spirit of the courageous (‘wicked’) freethinkers of the Enlightenment period who attended the salons of European capitals for friendship and conversation, to challenge established worldviews in changing times. Working with modern dialogic methods, we will build our capacity to live at the edge of chaos – the place where we know the greatest opportunity for creative change exists.
Together, we will:
- Search for a new approach to meaning-making, enabling us to live and work as hopeful and purposeful member of an interconnected, interrelated, world-wide community.
- Remind ourselves of the work we are called to do in a time of great social cleavage that is decades in the making.
- Experiment with practices for creative thinking.
- Tell stories to deepen self-understanding and connection with others.
- Commit to actions – including small steps and tiny changes – where we can make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.
The Gathering will be convened by:
- Kate Cowie, author, teacher, founder of Wicked Company and the European Chapter of the Organization Development Network, and faculty member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
- Dr Harry Hutson, author, non-profit board member, organisation consultant, and member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
- Amy Avergun, brain-friendly instructional designer and facilitator.
- Heather Berthoud, organization consultant, author, teacher and faculty member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
- Michael Ciszewski, organization consultant, author, teacher and faculty member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
- Sue Hollingsworth, MBA, Director of the Centre for Biographical Storytelling and author.
- Dr Steve King, MBE, Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Our Salon opens at 09.00am on Tuesday, September 6th and closes at 16.00 on Thursday 8th September. During the early evening of Wednesday, September 7th, we will be given a guided tour of the Museum’s collections which reflect the unique place of Edinburgh in the European Enlightenment. We will then convene in the Gallery of the Kingdom of the Scots to talk and think together with readings, music, storytelling, an 18th century menu, and real lemonade (and no card-playing or gambling as the great salonièrres insisted!)
This a non-residential programme. Please note that places are limited to 30. The cost of the programme is £1295 plus VAT to include materials, lunches, the Museum tour and dinner on the 7th September. A bursary fund may be available for participants from third-sector organisations. Please contact us for more information.
Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and evening meals (dinner on the 8th September is provided). Edinburgh has many different accommodation options to suit different budgets, including a range of hotels in the vicinity of the Museum.