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

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  • Posted by PaulJ January 05, 2021 at 09:58

    Virtual events have their limitations. They lack the atmosphere of live events, and the feedback this sends to the actors or other participants. So virtual tours have a place in supporting live events, but not necessarily in replacing them.
  • Posted by SuePoole January 08, 2021 at 17:55

    Whilst I agree that being able to meet with others via zoom etc has many benefits there are also still many people - especially older people who do not have access to the internet and who are therefore excluded from many activities. I don't think we can assume that this situation will have automatically have changed by 2030 - so there needs to be investment and support in place now to help people get on line and be able to afford devices / the internet and to learn how to use it - technology is always changing and it doesn't always get simpler to use ! (this consultation is maybe a case in point - its a clever idea but I'm not at all sure its very accessible or easy to follow)
    I also completely agree that nothing makes up for not being able to actually be together in the same place ....
  • Posted by melc19 January 08, 2021 at 18:44

    I like this idea of a level playing field of online access. I think everyone should have access to good internet facility (I live in central Bath and have constant connection issues).
    We have seen the inequality in children’s education through the pandemic caused by access to the internet and this should be addressed for all in my opinion.
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