Collective Conversations is a virtual event series run by Brink about building networks coalitions and movements for positive social change.
We are living through persistent challenges, local and global in scale, at a time when connection between more people is more possible than ever before.
Now is a time to think again about how we can harness collective learning, intelligence and action to show up for these challenges, to change the course for future generations.
Humanity’s most notable achievements have been accomplished not by lone individuals but by groups of people working together, often across time and space. In just the last 3 years, people have put a person at the deepest point of the ocean, developed the COVID-19 vaccine in 1 year instead of 10, designed circular economies that can start to remove plastic from our oceans for good, and eradicated wild polio from Africa and malaria from China. This is progress made possible by the harnessed intelligence of many, building on what’s gone before, sharing knowledge and experiences and working together towards a shared goal.
This is the power of the collective
Collectives foster solutions to the world’s toughest social challenges. At their best they do this by:
- enabling equitable access to networks and resources
- bringing diverse sets of people, expertise, knowledge and data together to build on pre-existing efforts
- collaborating to reach sustainable and impactful social change
Our hope is that Collective Conversations becomes a place to inspire, equip and embolden a movement of leaders facilitating collective learning, intelligence and action.
These Conversations are for you if you’re interested in the power of the collective.
Perhaps you find yourself involved in initiatives bringing about social change, action or innovation, or you are curious about how groups of people can come together to achieve more than the sum of their parts. You may be keen to get your own collective started, or ready to take an existing network to the next level. Whether you're highly trained or running on pure gut instinct (or both!) we'd love you to join the conversation.
Just some of the topics we've explored so far:
- From spiritual convening to climate protesting what is the role of ritual in building strong communities?
- Why collective visioning is important for social change
- What subterranean subcultures can teach us about collective intelligence and action
- How we can harness DAOs and Web3.0 to convene around social challenges
So, will you join us?
Join our mailing list to receive invitations to each Conversation. Spaces are limited to 50 per episode and we curate the guests in the room to ensure a diverse mix of perspectives, experience and sectors. By signing up you’ll also get a download of the collective wisdom we gather from every event.
And it wouldn't be a true collective conversation if we didn't harness the wisdom of the crowd.
We bring together speakers with a range of experiences — think grassroots activism to global tech communities, guardians of ancient wisdom to social media movement builders — to learn what works and distil those insights into our own practices.
Do you have any speakers in mind who you think would speak beautifully, knowledgeably and provocatively about convening for social change, from an expert or practitioner standpoint?
If there's someone you think we should include, we’d love to hear your suggestions, so drop us a line at [email protected].
For anything else, you can also contact the team via email: [email protected].
Brought together innovators to accelerate the development of new and innovative robust oxygen concentrators in low-resource settings
Transformed the behaviour and culture at Oxfam America, leading to radical new ways of working that would ultimately allow Oxfam to make a bigger difference in the world.
Challenged assumptions and introduced new ways of working at Matola Council in Mozambique, leading to ‘bureaucratic innovation’ right across the council and the creation of smart, user-centered services.