Innovation involves connecting ideas or people in new ways. It's also about experimentation, learning and ... surprise! We are inviting speakers from all sectors, to talk about wellbeing at all levels of society, in new ways. Ambitious, yes. Necessary and timely - absolutely. Inspiring - let's make it so.
We are looking for nothing less than inspiration. But we believe that it's all about the ideas and stories (and the audience!) We're looking for normal people with inspiring ideas much more than the other way around.
We are creating a unique opportunity here. To immerse ourselves not just in different ideas, topics and activities, but different perspectives and backgrounds. We believe there is a LOT of untapped innovation here.
So we are looking for inspiring stories and ideas from the NHS, Social Prescribing, Public Health, Councils, education and academia, among others in the public sector.
We'd like to hear from sole traders and larger organisations such as health and wellness organisations. We'd also like to hear from industries with wellbeing interests for example professional services or construction firms.
Charities, communities, community groups and social enterprises must have a voice. Last year we heard from Cornwall Hospice Care's community team, and a local Chronic Fatigue / ME community support group, as well as Happy Voices Dementia Choir. Real stories, real heart and real impact.
Under our overall theme of Wellbeing Innovation we will be exploring three levels: Individual, Community and Systems. At each of these levels there will be a number of topics. You might talk about one or more of these, or another topic we haven't though of. Within each topic will be your own ideas.
Some speakers will be talking about topics to do with individual wellbeing. For example, behavioural science - what does make people change their behaviour...? We're looking for new questions, new angles and changed perceptions, not more explanations of things we already know.
We'll also hear about innovations in groups and communities. This could be community activities, workplace initiatives, and cultural and social aspects such as language. Why are green and blue so helpful? Is empowerment moving to a neighbourhood near you?
There will be some BIG topics too: technology, politics, organisation development, equality & inclusivity, systems thinking and other methodologies for systems-level change. Think global, go local. What does Cornwall have that nowhere else does?
What's a controversy or common misconception in your field that you'd love to clear up? Who are these ideas important to? Who would disagree, and why? How has caring about it changed what you do?
If you'd like to be considered as a speaker, please complete the form below. We'll send you some more detailed guidelines and perhaps give you a call to discuss your ideas.
Our selection panel will review all applications and draw up a final list. We will notify all applicants of the results before making the list public. If you're not selected, we're sorry and it's probably because we have limited capacity at the moment - we'll have to organise another event!
In return for speaking we would like to offer you first priority on tickets for the conference when they go on sale in September. We very much hope that most of our speakers will be able to stay for both days. We would also like to offer you the opportunity to have your talk professionally recorded and edited, which will cost in the region of £300 inc VAT.
We'll have a month to help you prepare an inspirational and innovative talk. We'll share more detailed guidelines and do whatever we can to support your preparation so that you'll be ready and excited well in advance.