In the TCC project Cambridge Conversations, we are aiming to understand the lived experience of inequality in Cambridge.
Inequality makes it hard for us to understand how other people from a different backgrounds experience life, particularly in Cambridge given inequality levels are so high.
Our approach is to use guided conversations that build a picture of someone’s life, the stresses within it and how inequality may have played a part. We also want to open up about our own experiences.
We have developed guidelines for these conversations which we are using with local community groups and during street action days, as well as in the form of an online survey and art projects.
We meet monthly to discuss progress and decide on the next steps. Here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-conversations-planning-group-tickets-60344564216) you can find out when we meet.
We are also in the early stages of developing a ‘digital storytelling’ project, where we provide the tools and the space for people to tell their own stories, using audio and their own photographs. The process of sharing stories in this way may also counter-act some of the consequences of inequality, such as lack of trust between people, a sense of not being heard and lack of access to technologies. It may also provide a basis for future conversations to emerge.
We would be delighted to welcome new members to Cambridge Conversations, and in particular if you would be interested in becoming involved with the ‘digital storytelling’ project. If you are interested, please do get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org