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Build Social Justice through creative collaborations.

David Richmond

Building social justice - ensuring equality of opportunity - should be the central task of any progressive society.

Social justice occurs where everyone has the capability to fulfill their potential. Acquiring capabilities is a creative process that that is best acquired through collaboration. We build social justice when we support each other to build our creative capabilities.

To build social justice participate in your own creative development and support others to do the same. Taking part can be as simple as sharing your progress.

I'm particularly looking for examples of inspiring projects, that can provide tools, case studies and examples for a new 'Guide to Creative Capability Development'. I would love to hear your stories, creative challenges and project opportunities.

Anything you share will be used to create more inspiring resources for personal development, to foster creative collaboration and build social justice.

Do get in touch @artsdevelopment

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  • David Richmond

    Here's a bit more about what we have planned...
    We are looking for people to join a network for people who support each other to achieve individual and collective goals. Each person will work towards their own long term goals by supporting other people on the network.

    Every day for 18 months we will be setting a new creative challenge so we can help each other engage with our creative potential.

    Each creative challenge will provide the focus for over 300 forums and network events where people will support each other to develop individual and collaborative projects and build an inclusive arts project to express our shared values.

    Everyone is welcome. There will be regular public events and forums here in Bristol (UK) as well as weekly forums specifically for disabled and socially excluded artists’ and for arts practitioners, There will also be monthly forums for partners and policy makers.

    We will be sharing these challenges - and people’s progress - through newsletters and social media to help people support each other to develop creative projects in their own group and community. I'd be happy to post them on here if you like.

    Everything people share will help inspire and support others and contribute towards a growing set of printed and on-line resources including a ‘guide to creative capability development’ that will help people anywhere build creative communities.

    To get involved just tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’re looking to achieve and we’ll send you all the information you need to get started.

    • Jelena Woehr

      Looks great! You should post each challenge as a separate DO so GOOD can get involved with the challenges! Look forward to reading more about your work. Congratulations on the launch.

      • David Richmond

        Will do, Jelena, thanks for the encouragement. I'm looking forward to seeing what people make of them!

  • David Richmond

    Thanks for joining in. Here are four simple questions that might help you foster some creative collaborations:
    What are you hoping to achieve?
    What are you working on now?
    What can you offer?
    What are you looking for?

    To kick you off here are my (current) answers:
    My Goal: To build social justice - to achieve my potential in ways that help others achieve theirs.
    My Project. To inspire and support people to work together to foster social justice and put together a guide to creative capability development with the people that choose to engage with this process.
    What I’ll do next: Plan and deliver a series of network events and forums that aim to make it easier for people to use the arts for personal, organisational and community development. Produce a newsletter for people interested in creative development for organisations and communities.

    What I can offer: Support to help people individuals and groups adopt more strategic approaches to creative development - advice, facilitation, resources, networks, forums and events.

    What I’m looking for: People to participate in process of mutual creative development and share anything that inspires you and may inspire others, or that could support others.

    What about you?

  • David Richmond

    What a great resource! Thanks Heidi, that's very helpful. I've been aware of Photovoice for a while but it's good to see such a thorough and practical explanation. I'm sure I'll be sharing that link with others!

  • David Richmond

    I've been thinking a bit more about creativity and social justice and how we can build social justice by supporting each other to explore our potential, as individuals and as communities.
    You can read more on my blog:

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Great point: "Creative development is a social process. We can only achieve our potential if we have people around us that believe in us."

      I think creativity is so much about self-confidence and if people don't believe in us, it's hard to take that leap and have confidence in ourselves. I sometimes get down on myself and think I'm not creative anymore when I haven't had time to exercise that muscle. What do you recommend for those who need to get it going again?

      • David Richmond

        Thanks Alessandra,
        I find peer support networks can be very helpful here. Just getting together we a few friends or peers and supporting each other to stay creative. This can be as simple as supporting each other to identify one simple creative challenge you will each do between each meeting and then sharing your progress next time you meet.

        Just telling other people you are going to do something and then supporting each other can be a great motivator and help.

        I put a little to-do about this on here see 'create your own network...'

  • David Richmond

    Thanks to everyone who contacted me about this post - it's good to see that so many of us have similar ideas - hope we can build a network of people interested in creativity and social justice and share ideas, tools and resources, do keep in touch! Dave