Summit Webinars

As part of the Special Edition 2020, we hosted a series of interactive Webinars on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 August engaging with the themes of Summit 2020.

In these Summit Webinars we deepened and broadened engagement with our core themes, responding to the material presented in the Summit’s Special Edition 2020 films, to explore the ideas in different international contexts, and to discuss potential solutions and approaches to each topic for the future.

Alongside contributors to the Special Edition and our partners who chaired the events, we invited anyone interested to join us in these webinars. They were recorded and you can watch them below.

Culture in Vibrant Communities

As people across the world shelter in place, we begin to lose touch with the physical structures and markers of everyday life. What are the places we miss and what are the policies, funds and infrastructure required to sustain those places? The Special Edition re-examines our understanding and organising of cultural space, looking at the future of cities. This webinar responds to the Culture in Vibrant Communities themed film and invites participants to consider a holistic approach to architecture and reflect on the power of social and cultural infrastructure to build trust and preserve cultures.

Nicola Killean Chief Executive Officer of Sistema Scotland
Pablo Raphael Director General of Cultural Promotion and Festivals at the Secretary of Culture, Mexico.
Rahul Mehrotra Architect and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Chaired by Presiding Officer of The Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh

BSL interpreted film available here.

Culture and Education

As governments and educational institutions grapple with how to adapt to our new reality, what could the future of education look like? Engaging experts from multidisciplinary fields—from music to neuroscience, epidemiology to economics—the Special Edition presents a growing body of social and scientific research on how culturally rich experiences enhance skills such as empathy, executive function, and creativity. This webinar is a response to the Culture and Education themed film and investigates how education systems and arts organisations can work together to unlock and invest in human potential.

Assal Habibi Assistant Research Professor of Psychology
Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California
Liliana Morales Alumna of YOLA and YOLA National
Emma Ruse member, National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland

Chaired by James Hampson, Director UK and External Relations, British Council.

BSL interpreted film available here.

Culture and Social Cohesion

In a time of physical distance, how can art provide connection, inspire hope and help us heal? The Special Edition reflects on the power of art in times of crisis and the role of a trusted culture sector in reimagining the future. Examining the role culture plays in tackling inequality, displacement and prejudice, this webinar responds to the Culture and Social Cohesion themed film and focuses on the importance of international cooperation and cultural understanding.

Andy Haldane Chief Economist of the Bank of England
Leah Pisar President of The Aladdin Foundation
Nauris Puntulis Minister of Culture for the Republic of Latvia.
Chaired by Fergus Linehan Festival Director, Edinburgh International Festival.

BSL interpreted film available here.