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Our research is solutions focused and we are committed to working with a wide range of partners. We believe that the more we create spaces for dialogue with diverse publics, the better we will be able to define questions and design ways of bringing about change.  From plastic reuse networks in the South West to regenerative ecology projects in Kenya we are working with local community groups and building networks to share and scale these up to different levels.

GSI Creative Residency 2022

Hannah Mumby's Creative Residency: Exploring engagement and co-production

Hannah Mumby was appointed GSI Creative Fellow for a residency in 2022 . She is an Exeter based illustrator with experience collaborating with charities, community interest companies, community groups and universities, to help them find ways to visually represent complex ideas and reveal new perspectives on the stories they are telling through their work and research. Over the summer of 2022 Hannah helped the GSI explore how to bring together expertise in tackling the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and other global challenges in horizontal ways with citizens, policy makers, business, and communities globally. The shared goal was to jointly deliver a creative toolkit and effective approaches to foster co-production.

"I am interested in stretching the definition of "illustration", to understand how this type of creative practice might facilitate meaning-making and reflection, within communities and collaborative projects. This residency is a unique opportunity for me to creatively engage with a community that contains a huge diversity of knowledge." 

 Hannah Mumby, GSI Creative Fellow

Launch of the Co-production Oracle

The focus of Hannah's residency with the GSI was to speak to the community and produce a toolkit that could help people understand and foster a culture of co-production. The tool is the Co-production Oracle, a deck of 30 cards which can be used by groups, pairs or individuals to create a space to think and reflect without needed a resolution, a technology to disrupt your ideas.

It can be used to draw attention to things we might be doing/repeating without realising, help to see our motivations more clearly and be used as an ice breaker in complex scenarios.

The beautifully designed cards were launched at a workshop in November 2023. Hannah's Co-production Oracle presentation explains how they came about and how you can use them.

Artistic collaboration

Artistic interpretation is one of the best ways to facilitate communication on a global scale. Our researchers are keen to collaborate with artists to find news ways of communicating and reaching diverse audiences. As part of her work with The Global Systems Institute (GSI) Tania Kovats worked with researchers for the launch of the institute. She delivered a workshop  exploring connections to global systems and a presentation looking at how everyone uses drawing. She also worked with researchers to develop Drawing Change GSI, an Instagram gallery of visual thinking. 

She says that ‘Drawing is a specific and unique form of expression that renders thought visible and external. Drawing Change celebrates the democratic nature of drawing that can make links through the thoughts and visualisations of scientists, engineers, environmentalists and artists. Drawing belongs to everyone.’ 

The gallery can be viewed here

Global Citizen Engagement Network

One innovative mechanism we aim to build and evaluate is a Global Citizen Engagement Network. This network will grow both through bottom-up relationship building with regional and international partners and through the use of a bespoke engagement platform. The network will blend online and offline engagement, maximising the opportunity of each to deliver meaningful interactions at a global scale that substantively impact on research quality.