The Future of Knowledge 2019

26th June 2019 8:30
British Library
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
The Knowledge Quarter’s “The Future of Knowledge” conference returns on Wednesday 26th June 2019 at the British Library. It will explore real-world strategies for democratising, decolonising, demystifying and disseminating knowledge. With speakers, panels and workshops from science, technology, the media, politics, arts and culture, this conference provides a unique opportunity for KQ partners to collaborate and educate, forging lasting connections.

The programme includes:

  • Keynote addresses from British space scientist and BBC’s The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and tech writer Clive Thompson.

  • Panel discussions with participants including Guardian journalist Luke Harding; University of Oxford Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology and novelist Dr Sunetra Gupta.

  • Parallel sessions with speakers including poet Inua Ellams, and Camden Council leader Georgia Gould.

  • KQ 'Lightning Talks' sessions with Arup, Bennetts Associates, Briffa, British Land, British Library, Royal College of Physician and Royal Veterinary College, showcasing current examples of knowledge-sharing.

Discounted tickets for KQ partners available.


The Dream of a Common Language

Workshop, Parallel Sessions - 11.30am-12.30pm

Poet in the City presents a poetry-inspired workshop for leaders and changemakers, interrogating the need to incorporate those affected by your decisions into the decision making process, and how to embed this philosophy within your organisation to genuinely benefit stakeholders.

Even during a time when there has been a noticeable shift in diversity policies across the sector, massive barriers to inclusion remain and we often don’t have the language to address this. Poet in the City is one of the UK’s leading poetry organisations producing ambitious live events and experiences that allow people and places to tell their stories, connecting diverse audiences through poetry. We are experts in creating platforms for innovative ideas and complex issues, and pioneer new ways of working, developing the sector through intermedial practice, co-curation and supporting emerging artists and producers.

Poetry is an innovative platform through which to foster inclusivity, creating a democratic space for interrogating the issues of our time, and a common language for exploring solutions. Poets can be mirrors to society, able to represent themselves and wider communities through their dexterity with language. Celebrating difference, appropriate representation and carving out space for different stories and voices therefore runs through the core of our work, and as a producer, we are constantly thinking about our efficacy in these areas.

In collaboration with a poet Inua Ellams, we will explore and reflect upon:

How do we become better at representing the communities that we wish to include?

Who are the first people you consult when making decisions that will affect different communities?

How do we create a more inclusive language?

Why does language sometimes jar when describing someone else’s experience?

How can the Knowledge Quarter be at the forefront of breaking down the barriers that divide us, and work together toward meaningful change?

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ ‘The Wire-Headed Heathen’ and ‘#Afterhours’. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently touring ‘An Evening With An Immigrant’ and working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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