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An innovation festival for Essex County Council

The Art of the Possible means trying new things, making connections, and recognising that the best way of tackling the challenges we face today is not to do things how we’ve always done them.

Innovating need not be lonely. Our first festival, in October 2015, built networks and exposed people to new ways of thinking and different ways of doing.

Over 1,000 people attended 40+ festival acts – from SOUP nights and GoodGym runs to devolution workshops and social media surgeries.

It won’t stop there, though. In October 2016, Art of the Possible will return with a wider range of acts

Read all the latest on the festival blog including reviews and what’s happening during the festival.

Festival Programme

Day 1
14 Oct 2015
Day 2
15 Oct 2015
Day 3
16 Oct 2015
Day 4
17 Oct 2015
Day 5
18 Oct 2015
Day 6
19 Oct 2015
Day 7
20 Oct 2015
Day 8
21 Oct 2015

Swap Shop Social Action: The Golden Thread?

Imagine a world where our work joins together, with each other, with partners, with citizens. Can social action and volunteering assist to build vibrant, connected more resilient communities? Is it...
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Active Essex: Workplace Challenge Run

Calling all runners of all abilities! Come and join the Essex County Council running group this lunch time to get fit and de-stress. This is free and open to all...
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Art of the Possible Launch

Welcome to the festival

Essex 2021

Let's have a conversation about what Essex will look like in 2021!

#channelshiftcamp EAST

The inaugural #channelshiftcamp EAST will be a mixture of Best Practice case studies and Open Space Unconference sessions, focusing on all aspects of Channel Shift & Digital First strategies in the...
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There’s no transformation without collaboration. Are you ready to Collaborate?

An interactive session introducing the Collaborate diagnostic methodology, allowing attendees to self assess their readiness to Collaborate and identify places and ways to improve. Ideas for how they could apply...
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Community – What’s in it for us? – SOLD OUT

At ECC we get increasingly better at learning how to engage with and understand communities in pursuit of delivering better outcomes. However, what would happen if we stopped and take...
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Prepare to be moved, to be scared, to be wrong

What would it look and feel like if we really listened to and engaged with the citizens who use our services? And how might we need to think, feel and...
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Getting to safety….how we help families protect their children

Putting the family back into Child Protection.

Design Thinking for Public Services

Re-thinking structures and systems that make everyday work.

GoodGym Chelmsford – Use your run!

Use your run and experience a different way to do good and get fit. It brings together runners to improve their fitness, combat loneliness and improve their local community at the same time. Listen to GoodGym founder Ivo explain the idea behind GoodGym and then join GoodGymChelmsford trainer Ken Hoye for a hands-on GoodGym experience as you and other runners become a flashmob for good and undertake a typical GoodGym mission.

MeetSOUP community soup night for the unusual suspects

ColchesterSOUP and HarwichSOUP are joining forces to offer you the opportunity to experience a SOUP night. This is a chance to see a new approach to grassroots micro-funding that celebrates...
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Parkrun

Looking for a fun way to start your weekend? Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy...
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@hackessex – 21st century volunteering

With a focus on doing not talking, hackathons are a collaborative way to solve problems – starting with an issue and collectively developing solutions. It’s all about practical creativity. This...
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Hadleigh Friends Walk

If you’re looking to feel more connected to where live or work, then this might be the session for you! Hadleigh Friends Walks is a new offer at the former...
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Come to our rubbish event

About the event: We want to understand how Essex can maximise the value of what we throw away, so join us as we collaborate across the County Council to create rubbish...
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How can we respond? Using social media to help customers – Sold out

This festival event will be a high energy workshop, combining group discussion, illustrated with case studies, and a practical problem-solving exercise(s) to help build a process, and understanding of engagement....
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World Café – Are We Ready for 2016?

Let's get ahead of the curve and start thinking about how why and how citizens should be involved in Art of the Possible 2016.

Take a mystery tour through the world of traded development

About the event Where there is innovation there must be risk, and a willingness to enter the unknown. That’s why Traded Development are inviting 25 intrepid colleagues to book a...
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Art of the Possible Jam

“Talking about music is like dancing about project architecture” – Elvis Costello (more or less)

Making your Makerspace- SOLD OUT

What is a makerspace? Makerspaces mean different things to different people – and can include everything from 3D printers and drones to more traditional skills such as baking and woodworking....
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Turning the frown upside down

Turn that frown upside down

Art of the Legally Possible

To encourage innovation by coaching ideas and providing the pitcher with the benefit of free legal and commercial advice. Ever wanted to sit on a jury? Well now is your...
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People Powered Results: 100 Day Challenges taster session

Sparking front-line innovation to achieve real results, with real people in real time

What happens in the woods – stays in the woods! – Sold Out!

This form of connection is better than any super speed broadband!

‘Innovation in my world’ a Ted-inspired speaker event

Inspired by TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading”, Essex County Council are hosting a TED-inspired speaker event that will turn the spotlight on a number of interesting individuals and organisations...
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The unintended consequences of medicines – Take control and know what you need to know

Whilst correct diagnosis and treatment are important, enhanced responsibility on the part of the person is likely to lead to healthier choices, behaviours and decisions. For most people, medicines make...
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Open Book – how to build a participatory library

This workshop will introduce you to a new participation culture emerging around the world. We’ll explain how it is different and and why it is important – and how we...
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The unintended consequences of medicines – 1-2-1 sessions

Whilst correct diagnosis and treatment are important, enhanced responsibility on the part of the person is likely to lead to healthier choices, behaviours and decisions. For most people, medicines make...
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Evolution, Devolution, Revolution? The 2030 vision for local government

This scenario workshop is about the future of local government: what it might look like, how we might shape it, and what we can do now to make a start....
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Essex Question Time

If you are looking to engage in wider an interesting conversation about what the future of housing holds for Essex then come along and engage with what promises to be...
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GoodGym Chelmsford – Use your run!

Use your run and experience a different way to do good and get fit. It brings together runners to improve their fitness, combat loneliness and improve their local community at the same time. Listen to GoodGym founder Ivo explain the idea behind GoodGym and then join GoodGymChelmsford trainer Ken Hoye for a hands-on GoodGym experience as you and other runners become a flashmob for good and undertake a typical GoodGym mission.

Wild Women – Sold out

We will give you a far better connection than any wi fi!

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Our partners

The Art of the Possible Festival is supported by the following key partners

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Location

Events will be taking place across Essex. Check each event listing to see where the event is taking place

 

 

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