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Symposium 2015: Great Minds. Think Differently.


February 20, 2015

National Theatre - The Temporary Theatre
Upper Ground
SE1 9PX London
United Kingdom

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Safe Ground’s annual symposium, entitled Great Minds (Think. Differently.), will continue the participatory debate we began last year with It’s a Man’s World.

As usual, the event will include a specially commissioned theatre performance by ‘Playing ON’.

This year’s twist on the panel debate and key note speeches will be facilitated by Safe Ground’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Weinberg, and psychoanalyst Professor Renos Papadopoulos (Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (CTAR),University of Essex). This part of the event will be a demonstration of Safe Ground’s innovative approach to social policy influence- and we want you to be involved.

Panellists already confirmed include Vicky Pryce (author of Prisonomics), Jonathan Robinson (author of IN IT), Simon Wills, Chief Executive of The Young Foundation, Sara Lee, Director of Music in Prisons, Rebecca Roberts, Policy Officer, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Dr. Deborah Drake, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University and Frances Cook, Director of The Howard League

Your participation and input will result in a challenging and exciting dialogue where there are no adversaries, but honest conversations where we all will be creating social policy recommendations that better address issues close to all our hearts.

Get involved with GREAT MINDS debates on our interactive hub page here.

We know that The Temporary Theatre has always been a place for great thought. Come make it a place of great action.

The day will be compered by Charlotte Weinberg (Chief Executive of Safe Ground) & Renos K Papadopoulos (Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (CTAR), University of Essex). 
12.30-13.00 Arrival and registration
13.00-13.10 Introduction
13.10-14.00 Theatrical performance play by Playing ON followed by a Q&A session
14.00-14.20 Break
14.20-14.30 Introduction to Panellists
14.30-15.30 Panel Discussion
15.30-16.15 Q&A session
16.15-16.30 Audience group discussions on the application of Great Minds in local community and within the workplace
16.30-16.45 Feedback from small groups
16.45-17.00 Thanks and finish
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