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TREVOR WREN MA MPhil PhD MBA
Research Consultant

Trevor is a manager and research consultant applying collective learning, evaluation, research and stakeholder consultation methods to inform managers, initiatives, programmes and partnerships, across multidisciplinary sectors and disciplines. He is on the Qualitative Research Panel and is now working on the ‘Community Learning and Research Survey’ which will be reported at the BC conference.

His interests include consciousness-mind generally and their varied associated disciplines, phenomena and practices, including psychedelic consciousness in particular. As a former atheistic materialist physicist, turned agnostic-spiritual non-materialist seeker, he is particularly interested in the developing theories of consciousness grounded in experience-evidence, at the ripe (but contentious) intersections between (a) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person approaches, and (b) Science, Spirituality and Scientism. He hopes to further collaborate on such projects to be more aligned and authentic in such company. He specialises in qualitative, participatory, formative, action-focused and peer/expert methods. For examples of past projects, roles and writing see his LinkedIn and Academia sites (Refs 1 & 2). His professional training includes: an MBA (Managing Impact Evaluations), MPhil (Collective Learning), MA (Social Research and Evaluation), Peer-Peer Methods (IDeA) and a PhD/BSc (Applied/Theoretical Physics).

He finally notes (in the traditional scientific 3rd person) that one personal benefit of his altered 1st person perspective is to allow the ‘Artist formerly known as Tref ’ to re-emerge and express himself (qualitatively) through hellish psychedelic electric guitar noise or heavenly acoustic peace (Refs 3 & 4).

REFERENCES:
1. https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorwren/
2. https://independent.academia.edu/trevorwren
3. https://tref.bandcamp.com/
4. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQo_GpFFTf4L-qalrO-F0g

ABSTRACT: COMMUNITY LEARNING AND RESEARCH: PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES TO SHARE OUR COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE AND DEVELOP OUR UNDERSTANDING.

This presentation will report on a new project to explore and promote ‘Community Learning and Participatory Research’ including two pilot studies within this overall project: (a) The ‘Holistic Consultation-Survey’ and (b) ‘Altered State Experience and Understanding’.

The overall project considers the BC community as a dispersed collective, with members having shared interests, values, understanding, views and aims, with expertise, experience and influence that could be tapped and shared. In participatory work community members themselves shape and guide projects of shared interest, to then engage the wider community in collective learning, and through ongoing participation, they develop their projects, collectively interpret findings and systematically develop a community viewpoint on common interests. The 1st Holistic Consultation demonstrated positive support from the vast majority of participants and will be reported in brief. The 2nd forthcoming pilot to explore Community Learning and Research on ‘Altered State Experience and Understanding’ will be also be presented and launched. The presentation aims to promote the general project idea, to report the learning so far, and to engage the wider community within the general project and the pilot studies to develop this approach beyond the conference.