About the MODEM Conference 2021: Uncharted Journeys course
As we chart our way through the pandemic many are seeking certainty and direction but are finding that the only certainty is uncertainty.
MODEM’s 2021 conference is an opportunity to explore, from a range of perspectives, our journey forward into the future.
The conference theme – ‘Uncharted Journeys’ – mirrors the title of Margaret Heffernan’s book, Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together (2020).
Heffernan’s other books include Willful Blindness and A Bigger Prize.
Margaret’s profile encompasses entrepreneur, chief executive, adviser to senior executives around the world, professor at the University of Bath, and writer for the Financial Times and Huff Post.
And… Margaret Heffernan will be joining us as keynote speaker as we also explore our own uncharted journeys and those of our other contributors, including Bevan Powell, whose roles and contributions are similarly wide-ranging.
Bevan, MBE, a founding member of the National Black Police Association is National Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for the Methodist Church and has volunteer roles with Citizens’ Advice and ‘Nubian Life’, a group providing specialist adult social care. Bevan is a former Councillor and senior manager in the Metropolitan Police Service.
The hallmark of this conference is hearing from inspirational people with wide-ranging experience and remarkable journeys who have particular wisdom to share.
Another contributor is Jackie Le Fevre who spent twelve years in nature conservation, before working with young people and in community development and training. She followed this with the setting up her own company, Magma Effect, responsible for bringing one of the world’s leading values profiling technologies to the UK.
The conference will follow MODEM’s usual pattern of MODEM, offering opportunity for conversation and reflection sparked by challenging and thought-provoking input from our speakers.
In ‘Uncharted Journeys’, we will gather round the notion of uncertainty, of how we seize the challenge of helping to create the future, what that means for us as individuals but also as part of something larger than ourselves.
Our speakers will draw on their stories and help us to uncover how we can think about the future, and what we can ‘do’ and ‘be’.
Conference delegates are invited to submit a brief paper on a significant uncharted journey that they have made or are making.
These papers will be curated and shared with all attendees, but not formally presented or debated. Sharing these reflections will highlight the way in which we make uncharted journeys in the company of others and the implications for how ‘we map the future together.’