Covid-19 Life in the home lane

Posted: 22 April 2020


The Offer 
Your invitation to join a virtual space for the CDE Community

Wednesday 22nd April 2020The Offer,  11-12.30pm
‘Extremity and Invention’ – a presentation by Dr Barbara Heinzen

Click here to register via Eventbrite

Pandemics have been with us throughout history so what might be the role of the arts in a world beyond this corona virus? The speed and scale of the Black Death may prove instructive.

Dr Barbara Heinzen is a geographer, scenario planner and futures thinker whose research interests include how we might invent ecological economies.  Her study of how societies learn and adapt led her to focus on the origins of Industrial Society in England and its foundations before and after the Black Death in 1348.  Systemic change often came when people were compelled to engage differently in a spirit of neighbourliness and invention. Industrial society emerged from the multiple experiments that resulted.

American by birth, Barbara lived in London for 30 years before moving back to the US to set up a biodiversity restoration project with colleagues in the UK and East Africa.  A PhD at SOAS was followed by work with international business, NGO and voluntary projects, including a cross-sector initiative on HIV/Aids in South Africa; equitable access to water in the Jordan Valley and energy scenarios in the US and East Africa.  For 13 years, she worked with the LIFT Festival on a cross-sector, intergenerational learning programme.

Barbara will talk about her research findings, their relevance to the arts and thoughts on futures beyond the current health emergency.

The Evening Offer, 19.30-21.00

Art Visioning – manifesting through our creativity with Tamaryn Payne
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A free flow art session and conversation exploring our present and our dreams for our future.

As we remain at home, mostly indoors, what we do at the moment will be different but it doesn’t mean we can’t still work towards our climate activism goals.

Ever wondered what the world would be like if we do radically change how we live and the systems that govern us? In this time we might vision what we’d like to see in the future – and start making it a reality. We can use our creativity to imagine what is possible and enjoy making something arty –  with no pressure to make a masterpiece!

Tamaryn Payne has been a climate activist since XR began, and helped launch Culture Declares. She has since formed Earth Ensemble, XR’s theatre company. Not an artist, but full time actor, she just enjoys art of all kinds. Having read The Secret 10 years ago, she has enjoyed using its principles to create a life she dreamed of. “Sometimes things don’t work out and things are really difficult, but we still have a choice in what we do, think, and focus on, and I am choosing to use this time to create fun and beautiful experiences where I can”


The Offer (conversations and discussion) and The Evening Offer (creative wellbeing activities) take place every Wednesday – simply save the links above and click to join each week. The Offer is hosted on Zoom -find a simple user guide here. For upcoming programme details, announcements and community click here

If you would like to curate or contribute to a The Offer or The Evening Offerplease send your ideas and proposals to [email protected]

We are looking forward to receiving your creative, stimulating and community building ideas in this time of change and separation

#stayindoors #TheOffer #AloneTogether


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