Leading to Change Digital Community Event- Inspiring real change with collaboration and creativity: the impact of safe, innovative spaces to create change with freedom and fun

Date and time
Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (GMT)
Virtual event.

This event is in the past.

 “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Sir Ken Robinson, education and creativity expert

Join us for our fifth event of this series where we focus on being open to the new and the unknown and doing things differently. This is part of our leadership theme of Creativity and Innovation which is our focus for October and November.

Creativity is about opening up our mind to new possibilities, while innovation is finding new ways to improve our current ways of working.  However, it is often hard to find spaces, people, and time where we can do this freely and creatively. In this event we bring you the story of how a group of like-minded and curious individuals created that space for themselves and how this inspires them and real change across the social care landscape.

Hive/Mind* is a collaboration for provocation, change and collective action that brings together interested people with real life, real time, real challenges and provides a safe, fun environment and creative, unusual ways to think about those challenges.

*No connection or association with the technology Hive or the HiveMind Network

In this event we’ll hear from co-founders and participants sharing the why, the what and the impact of this approach – both personally and for their work in care homes.  

This event is open to all, and we would welcome those from social work, social care, third, voluntary sectors and health to come, hear and share your thoughts and consider practical ways to embrace creativity and innovation.

We welcome into the conversation:

Ivan Cornford

Ivan Cornford

Owner & Manager, St David’s Care Home

Currently the owner of St David’s Care Home in Forfar Angus, I trained as an RGN in East London in the mid 80’s . I have worked in a variety of older people’s care settings, such as hospitals, care homes and did a stint in Registration and Inspection. I have worked in various places – London, Leeds, Oxford Arbroath.
I have been ‘around the block’ and have seen many initiatives around improving the offer of institutional older people’s care – from Cosmic Nursing onwards. Yet we seem to take two steps forward and one step backward, so I wonder if it is time for new interventions for new ways of improving, of a different way of connecting.

Kirsty Cartin

Kirsty Cartin

Manager, Rashielee Care Home

I’m Kirsty Cartin, manager of Rashielee Care Home in Erskine. I’ve nursed in care homes for 22yrs and I’m passionate about changing the image of care homes. I’m talking about Hivemind because the founders of this social care movement, Alyson and Ivan, are inspirational to me. They challenge conformity, they are curious about how things could be, they encourage me to step out of my comfort zone. Having that creative space in Hivemind is important, a safe space to question, to challenge and to explore – a place to collaborate and let ideas flow.

With a focus on storytelling and reflections, our contributors will share their experiences of embracing a creative and innovative approach.  Collectively, we’ll explore what this means for us, in our own workplaces and in our day-to-day roles using breakout groups.

Questions for us to consider:

  • How does your environment enable you to experiment, fail and try again?
  • What enables you to challenge yourself and embrace uncertainty?
  • How can you approach your work with curiosity and a fresh perspective?

Resources to consider:

If you would like to consider this topic in advance of the event, we recommend any one of these four, external, resources to read, watch or listen to. They are quite different and are offered as optional thought-provokers for those who like to get into the topic in advance. Click the title below to find out more.

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