Open Futures – Discover Together
The Open Futures Network is service user and community led, bringing together local groups and local services, artists, activists, health care professionals and academics within collaborative and dynamic partnerships for well-being.
It is the tenth integrated research group in the new Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. As such, Open Futures creates a precedent in being driven from within by the voices of lived experience.
The Open Futures Network promotes mental health, resilience and well-being by expanding Open Dialogue approaches in the field of mental health to embrace communities and wider society. The Open Futures vision offers huge potential for improvements in service development and delivery and for more humane and compassionate relationships in society at large. Through modelling and building on the principles of Open Dialogue, the Open Futures Network aims to:
- embrace chaordic energy
- orchestrate polyphony.
- celebrate differences
- explore boundaries.
- liberate dialogue.
- discover stories
- re-frame power.
- enjoy playfulness
- cultivate kindness
- hold uncertainty.
- create agonistic spaces
- navigate divergence and dissent as activism
The network leads are Caroline Fox and Julie Gosling, who are working with clinical lead Steven Coles. Open Futures remains open to new members and partnerships with a strong commitment to include the least well heard voices as active informants and collaborators.
Open Futures commits to the aims and activities of the Institute of Mental Health in the confidence that by honouring narratives of lived experience, we will discover together a liberating vision of wellbeing and the proactive spaces that enable it.
Julie Gosling – email@example.com
Caroline Fox – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Coles – email@example.com