We’re inviting you to a Spark Debate.
How many times have you walked past a homeless person without noticing? Or wondered how they ended up there and what they'll spend the money on if you buy a Big Issue? I have. And, on occasion, I have chosen to walk on by. I'm not proud of that. I don't like doing that. I don't want to do that. I want to help.
It's not just homelessness that elicits doubt, a lack of interest or inaction.
What about plastic? Global warming? Obesity? How we frame and think about something affects how we feel and what we do about it. So what would make us think, feel and act differently? Differently enough to change things for the better?
Before we can solve anything we first have to admit there is a problem, understand it, and accept we should do something about it. But therein lies the problem. Not everyone agrees there is a problem, or the nature of it or the way forward. So, maybe we need to reframe the problem. Take another look. Think again. Because then we might change the conversation and find a solution, or break the deadlock.
Just like that Swedish teenager. What's her name? It's not global warming. It's a climate crisis. And suddenly, by changing two words, she's reframed how we think and getting headlines. More people are taking an interest, paying attention and beginning to demand action. So, why can't we do the same for other problems?
We can. That's why we're inviting you to a Spark Debate. It's a pilot, so don't expect whizz bang, dancing bears or acrobats. But it is a place where we can gather round, have a pint, take a problem and rethink it. Reframe it. And present that to the world.
And who knows. It might just spark more interest in it and action that leads to a solution. And if you're thinking, why me? Why should I take part in this? I would say: why not? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
Grab your ticket and join in.
Venue is upstairs at the Doghouse, St. Georges Street, Norwich
Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash.
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