Make the most of virtual reality
Lockdown showed us the strong connection we could maintain with place through virtuial contact with it. Some good examples of things that have worked have been:
arts and the theatre being livestreamed to our homes that has made us feel as if we were sitting in an auditorium
the use of webinars to raise awareness about a range of issues: with the chance to pose questions directly to people who have already found some solutions
the use of zoom to enable people to attend council meetings and similar or to enagage with exercise classes etc
B&NES could usefully support organisations to transition to these digital methods of connecting to others for tourism, culture, education and public engagement. The recent conference hosted by B&NES and the centre for sustainable development was a really good example of how it is possible to recreate elements of being at a conference in real time to very good effect.
A co-benefit of this move to online provisions is that people with disabilities are able to access a range of things that simply were not available to them when they had to travel to an art gallery, theatre or conference hall.
Why the contribution is important
It creates a level playing field for all groups in society and facilitates groups coming together for enriched experience that would not have been possible if they had needed to travel to an event. This is particularly beneficial to groups of society who can be isolated and excluded (elderly, disabled, young people, the less affluent)
by jackiehead on December 15, 2020 at 02:58PM