june 2018

20jun17:4018:10Jake Elster-Jones: Valuing Landscapes17:40 - 18:10 B: Studio 1

Event Details

Jake Elseter-Jones and his team at Revaluation will be running an evaluation strand throughout the conference. This text, and Jake’s introductory session provide the framing for this. This text includes a specific invitation for all presenters.


Valuing Liquidscapes

What we value and how we value it matters. Ideas and frameworks of value mediate our interactions with the world and each other – focusing attention, weaving into worldviews and enabling collaboration. They shape how we act towards the liquid world and so have a role in reforming this relationship.

Liquidscapes will include a participative action research stream, running through the event, which will involve participants in exploring the value we find in liquids and liquid landscapes, how different types of value are privileged or ignored and the downstream consequences. Together, we will look for new currents of value and ways of communicating and crystallising them as a response to our current abuse and neglect of liquid environments.

We will use a simple, accessible, but theoretically robust, framework designed to facilitate collaborative articulation of value in complex systems, known as Revaluation (www.revaluation.org.uk). Participants will be introduced to this framework and asked to think about and discuss the multiple dimensions of value associated with liquidscapes. A member of the Revaluation Collective will be on hand to capture stories and build a picture of the many dimensions of value that will be revealed during the event; and the many ways of knowing about value that will be mobilised – artistic, spiritual, cultural, scientific….

Engagement with this stream is entirely voluntary and designed to complement the programme, without distracting from it – participation will largely involve thinking and talking about value, as it emerges, while running or participating in the timetabled sessions and activities.

No preparation or sign-up is required. We look forward to meeting you at the event.

If anyone is interested in learning more beforehand, please get in touch with Jake Elster Jones j.elsterjones@yahoo.co.uk.


Invitation to presenters

We will be running an action learning stream throughout the Liquidscapes event, to facilitate collective reflection on the range of values in liquidscapes, how these values mediate our relationship with liquidscapes and how we can mobilise aspects of value that are often neglected to the detriment of liquid nature and ourselves.

The conversations and insights about value will emerge from the different perspectives and ways of knowing inherent in your work, presentations and activities; and those of the event’s many participants.

This theme has been designed to complement the rest of the programme and will not require any time or explicit focus within the other timetabled activities. All it involves is asking participants and presenters to have the question of value in the back of their heads and to share thoughts, insights and stories with our researcher, when convenient throughout the weekend.

However, the greater the engagement from presenters and participants, the greater the outcomes we will achieve. If you find it interesting and valuable, then please feel free to make use of this work in what you are planning to do. For example, throwing out a few questions, observations or thoughts about value during your session will help keep the question in mind for participants; or simply reflecting on what emerges with relevance to this topic for yourself and then sharing your thoughts and stories with us. You could also ask our researcher, Jake, to sit in on your session to observe what emerges. He can do this invisibly (adding what he finds to the stories and data that we will be collecting through the week and sharing at the end of the event); or can make observations during the session if that’s helpful for you.

If you’d like to know more or to discuss anything specific, please contact Jake Elster Jones on j.elsterjones@yahoo.co.uk


(Wednesday) 17:40 - 18:10


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN