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Susan M Coles

Networking and advocacy, or The Wisdom of Crowds


Susan M Coles is an Artist, Coach (National Professional Qualification for headship NPQH) and former President of the National Society for Education in Art & Design (United Kingdom). She is also Honorary Fellow of the NSEAD and Member of Council NSEAD. Susan M Coles also acts as a secretary to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design in Education, she is Associate of the Big Draw, World Councillor (Europe) for InSEA, International Society for Education through Art. Susan is also known as a Visual Arts Education Activist and a Chair of Trustees Monkfish Productions CIO. Trustee of AccessArt. Her activities can be found on Twitter: @theartcriminal or on webpage:

Title of the conference paper: Networking and advocacy, or The Wisdom of Crowds

Susan M Coles


I want to explore the theme of collaboration through networking. 
In his book "The Wisdom of Crowds" James Surowiecki, the American writer and journalist, contends that groups of people can be collectively more effective at solving problems, undertaking innovation and decision making than individuals or elite groups. What happens when you also start to learn collaboratively and together in a network? How does the community of inquiry create learning space, and also support the well being and self esteem of those involved? Our community, our collaboration, our networks - they all give us opportunities to promote and to defend art craft and design education. This then, is my story. 


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