Energy Matters Workshops (PART D): Deep Listening to Energy Accessibility with Dialogues on Energy Accessibility
The soundscape composer, Hildegaard Westerkamp writes, “True receptive listening comes from an inner place of non-threat, support and safety. Paradoxically, while a grounded and calm state of mind, a sense of safety, peace and relaxation are essential for inspiring perceptual wakefulness and a willingness and desire to open our ears, normal routines, habits and patterns will be disrupted and laid bare in such a process of listening ; noises and discomforts inevitably will be noticed, and all kinds of experiences will be stirred and uncovered. Listening in fact implies a preparedness to meet the unpredictable. and unplanned, to welcome the unwelcome. As such, listening is inherently disruptive as it puts a wrench into the habitual flows of time, and habitual behaviour of daily life. ” (THE DISRUPTIVE NATURE OF LISTENING : TODAY, YESTERDAY, TOMORROW, p.45)
Is there a singular experience of energy poverty ? The experts describe energy poverty as an elephant in the room being explored by people who understand energy poverty from their own positionality. Yet, despite the ambiguity of this term, there continues to be a high degree of stigma around discussing energy inaccessibility in public debates. What is usually mentioned in the reports is important but equally so is that which is left unsaid or does not find its way into the mainstream conversation. In these arts-based activities, we will re-discover those places of vulnerability that make us look at energy poverty through a compassionate lens.
1) Distribute a recent report on energy inaccessibility or a relevant topic and ask the participants to reflect on it in advance. Example : Clean Electricity report by Canadian Climate Institute published in June 2023 (please see score section for report).
2) Involve participants in a dialogue about the report. Use the following prompts as an example :
Prompt 1 : What do folks think about this report ?
Prompt 2 : Has this report missed anything ?
Prompt 3 : Are the statistics to be accepted as facts or is there something that the report is not saying ?
3) Depending on the comfort level of participants, go deeper and take a more analytical and critical stance by asking a direct question where their expertise will be prompted.
Example 1 : The report says that clean electricity is cheaper. Do you agree/disagree and why ?
Example 2 : Are there any other ideas that are coming to your mind ?
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