Category: Academic Blog

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Soca is Healing

My chest hurt, my breathing was laboured, my mind was spinning and blank all at the same time. I couldn’t seem to hold a thought other than – You’re such a failure.

Bright yellow image of a quote from American painter and graphic artist, Robert Rauschenberg that says "Art can change the world"

Why am I writing a paper on Social Change Curation?

As I changed direction since I started this “Let’s write a paper” journey, I have to do this ‘Why’ process again. It’s the thing that will keep me on track when my eyes see something interesting and my curiosity sends me careening off course to investigate! So let’s do it.

A philosophy angle?

I’ve sort of signed up to be part of a philosophy discussion group even though I am in no way a philosopher. It started when I attended an interesting presentation and discussion at UCL earlier this year.

Download The Social Change Curators’ Manifesto!

The content was complete in 2019 but this colourful beauty was only finished this month!

Moving forward…

So I’ve settled on my structure. Lovely. Now what about the rest of the question?

Finding ‘Structure’

In my last interlude with Structure, I learned that I needed to lay out the structures I have discovered from my research and decide how I will select one that best fits me. So let’s start by defining the structural options I’ve unearthed with my research.

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Defining ‘Structure’

I sat down just now to do the final step of my findings – combine the merged interview map and the merged review map into one final map – but then I looked up at my post-it which was supposed to keep me on track and I scrutinized my question again.

The Social Change Curators' Manifesto

As Cheryl Jefferson did with Human Rights in Breaking Criminal Traditions, and People United do with Art & Kindness in every project, and Clare Patey with all her empathy building installations.

Clusters, filters, themes, maps & patterns

I have a funny feeling my data analysis isn’t as fully developed as it could be. The main reason for this feeling is how close my initial thoughts on analysis were to the information I read about data analysis.

Transcription – How hard can it be? *snort*

Let me begin with – Oh My Sweet baby Jesus! Why does no one warn you about doing transcriptions for yourself.