The importance of paying attention to our relationships with both one another and the natural world at this time of profound disruption cannot be overstated. “Relationships are all there is”, says Margaret Wheatley, “everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation”.

Over the centuries, the image of ‘the artist’s’ relationship to the world has changed from seer and gleeman, to artisan, to lone genius to creative professional. We think its the time is right for more shapeshifting.

Creative practitioners have long worked outside of traditional arts settings. But in these testing times there is a renewed focus on creating and supporting many more opportunities for them to forge relationships with non-arts partners, working with them to help advance creativity and imagination in public life, forge new solutions to some of the challenges society faces and enable the creation of beautiful, needed, meaningful things and experiences.

Already, more and more people in our creative community are working with city and rural governments, health organisations, community and economic development efforts. They are also more likely to be “artists in residence” in science labs and in technology firms. Meanwhile more organisations are recognising creativity as a resource for opening up problems and are proactively seeking design thinking and strategy to help create new responses to the increasing number of social, environmental and economic pressures.

How can we prepare ourselves better to explore these different roles and communicate the kinds of value could we bring? How will working more broadly help us build sustainable livelihoods?

In this part of the site we’ll be pooling examples of creative people who are already bringing their values into play in multiple roles, inviting them to share how they have developed their capacity to do so and asking what impact it has had on their own practice and the work of others.

We’re starting out building this resource with short videos from people who are part of Dundee’s creative community who already playing some of these different roles. Here’s the first one from Hazel White of OpenChange:

When you’ve looked at the video, use this JournalingTool to reflect on what different roles you might be interested in playing in addition to the ones you hold now.

Journaling is a great way to connect to a deeper sense of self-knowing and to begin acting from that place. It can help you heighten your sense of self-knowing, enable a shift in the state of your attention to a deeper level and create new awareness and new questions about ‘who you are’ and ‘what you want to do with the rest of your life’. You’ll find opportunities to do journaling exercises throughout this web platform.