TREVOR WREN MA MPhil PhD MBAResearch 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).
COMMUNITY LEARNING AND RESEARCH: A HOLISTIC PARTICIPATORY APPROACH
This presentation will report on a project to identify and research the interests, experiences and wishes of the psychedelic community itself. The project considers the BC community as a dispersed collective, with members having shared interests, values, understanding, views, directions and aims, with expertise, experience and influence in psychedelic consciousness that can be tapped and shared.
Researchers and the wider community will suggest topics and questions of personal interest that are answerable by the wider community itself. These interests will then be categorised into sub-themes, topics and questions for wider engagement in an overview mixed survey. The community then surveys itself, to ask itself these questions, which then generates a collective view with levels of support to then identify collective priorities. The resulting information will be made available to all who have participated. The 1st pilot study is now complete and was regarded positively by the majority of participants. It is now being rolled out to the wider community and findings and recommendations will be made available and reported back to the community at the BC 2017 conference.