Brookes professor took part in TEDxUCLWomen event

Friday, 22 December 2017

TEDxUCLWomen event

Last month Professor Shelley Sacks from Oxford Brookes University took part in the fourth TEDxUCLWomen event celebrating the remarkable achievements of women.

TEDxUCLWomen is part of University College London (UCL) and was one of a number of TEDxWomen events that took place globally last month.

Offering a space for individuals from both UCL and the wider community, TEDxULCWomen gives speakers the opportunity to captivate and inspire with their words while also looking at the barriers preventing women and girls worldwide from achieving their full potential.

This year’s theme was ‘Home’.

Professor Shelley Sacks, Professor of Social Sculpture was one of 14 influential women invited to take part in the event. Her talk explores the theme of 'Home' and ecological citizenship, and imagination and transformation. 

Shelley is Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University.

A social artist, cultural activist, performance artist, writer and thinker she explores the connection between imagination and transformation and paradigm shift in practice.

Luckily we have an inner space, a rent-free studio that we carry around with us on our shoulders. It is the space of imagination and transformation. In this space we have a direct experience of our agency and discover where mind shifts can take place.

Professor Shelley Sacks, Professor of Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University

In her talk, Professor Shelley Sacks said: “In the past four decades much of my work has focussed on individuals, communities and organisations having a direct experience of what it means to use invisible materials of speech, discussion and thinking so that we can work like artists to explore and reshape values, attitudes and habits of thought.

“Luckily we have an inner space, a rent-free studio that we carry around with us on our shoulders. It is the space of imagination and transformation. In this space we have a direct experience of our agency and discover where mind shifts can take place.

“The most astonishing capacity related to the space of imagination is to be able to stand a bit to the side and to see what I see. The minute I begin to see what I see, I also begin to see how I see. In other words I can see the lenses through which I can see. And this means that I can see my attitudes, values and habitats of thought. And when I see on this level, I can begin to see what I think, and to think about what I think, which also has to do with my capacity to make conscious choices. This is one of the most significant capacities that we have.”

Shelley has worked in many countries and contexts, involving thousands of people in ‘capacity building practices’ for ‘coming to our senses’, ‘coming home to ourselves’ and ‘the possibilities for transformation’. 

This includes young ‘change makers’ in Africa, India, Europe and China. She develops social sculpture and connective practice projects and processes that focus on imaginal thought, experiential knowing and developing new imaginaries.

o hear Shelley’s talk visit YouTube or watch below.

TEDxUCLWomen’s vision is to change opinions, empower individuals and build a community. To find out more visit http://tedxuclwomen.com/