CASCADE-NET 5: University of South Wales, Cardiff

Seminar 5: New risk knowledges and social learning – platforms and social networks for knowledge sharing and capacity building

Co-hosted by: The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales, Cardiff and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England, Bristol, working with a number of individuals and agencies.

Date/time: 10:30-16:00, Friday 19th October 2018 (10.00am onwards for coffee & networking)
Venue: Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AP Questions to be explored

• What are the new risk knowledges? (their conceptual framing; links to practice?).
• What does (or could) social learning mean in this context? What are its settings? (the opportunities and challenges of these?)
• How ephemeral are the social networks so established, and is the learning transient?
• What are the opportunities and challenges of different platforms and social networks during emergencies, and within the wider Extreme Weather Adaptation Cycle?
• What are the impacts of new and changing media practices on social learning for extreme weather adaptation?
• How are these platforms and social networks being used by different interest groups? How could they be used now/future –with what incentives and inhibitors?
• What are the research needs and priorities – conceptual; methodological? How is research informing policy and practice?

DRAFT PROGRAMME

10.30 1. Welcome and setting the scene

New risk knowledges and social learning: initial mapping of the territory– Professor Lindsey McEwen (Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, UWE Bristol)

10.45 2. What are the new risk knowledges?

The old and new power of storying – Joseph Sobol (The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales, Cardiff)

Practical activity: Since before the time of Noah’s Flood, storytelling has provided a powerful vehicle for embedding community knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about extreme weather events, their causes, and proper responses. How does this vehicle function under current cultural conditions, and how might we harness its potentials for effective communal action and regeneration?

11.10 3. The Welsh scene

The Welsh context – Adaptation and the role of civil society in Wales (Robert Knowles (Senior Climate Change Resilience Adviser, Welsh Government)

11.30 4. New risk knowledges, different practices and opportunities for learning I?

·Communication and the Elemental: Force, Capacities and Excess in Emergency Information Sharing – Dr. Nat O’Grady (Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, UWE Bristol)

·From Vivid Memories to Effective Action – Jim Poole (Senior Team Leader Climate Change, Natural Resources Wales)

·Liquid Archives: Transnational sharing of water narratives through new global media practice Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen, Centre Director (Cultural & Media Policy Studies University of Warwick)

Group discussion

12.30 New risk knowledges, different practices and opportunities for learning II?

Quick-fire stimuli (10 minutes each)

  ·The evolving symbiotic relationship between social media and emergency management: a mixed methods approach? Sophie Parsons (University of Southampton)

·New platforms for exploring data on local community vulnerability: The Climate Just initiative. Professor Sarah Lindley (University of Manchester).

·Potential of serious gaming in generating new knowledge. tbc (City, University of London)

13.00 LUNCH and NETWORKING
14.00 6. Collective exploration of the questions….

World café with hosts and rapporteurs; feedback

Including Reflections on implications for practice

15.40 7. Plenary, concluding remarks and signposting to workshop 6 (London).
16.00 Meeting close