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October 25, 2004

NESTA Crucible programme

Have just got back from the last in a series of 3 Crucible labs. A fantastic time at Dartington Hall, learning about creativity within Science, engineering and technology.
The Crucible programme is a fantastic opportunity for young scientists to take a bit of time out and to broaden their whole persepctive on science and society.
Nesta will be looking for a new set of "recruits" in November time – so if you are a young scientist, engineer or technologist who wants to be challenged to examine how you feel about science and how it fits with society and other issues such as ethics, politics and creativity, then look out for the call.

For me, the programme has opened my eyes to how my work fits within a much wider context, it has given me more conifdence to take my work in the directions I want to go, and to look for, identify and sieze opportunities as they arise, rather than to think "I'll never get that" or "I'll never be able to do that".

One of the sessions focussed on politics and we were set the task of writing a personal white paper, that set out our vision of where we want to go in life/career/science. Mine is below, I think it provides a good summary of what theCrucible programme meant to me and what it aims to do.

Personal White Paper

Climbing in the mountains,
Floating down the streams,
Following no footsteps,
Building hopes and dreams.

Time enough to wonder,
Time enough to share,
Watching and progressing,
Time enough to care.

Communicating my science,
Letting others see,
Considering broader issues,
Letting my mind fly free.

Guiding those who need it,
Letting staff and youngsters grow,
Inspiring and stimulating,
Allowing ideas to flow.

Working for society
Within my own beliefs.
Retaining my identity
Resisting the “political thief”.

Reading , absorbing,
Learning, leading,
Discussing not destroying,
Evaluating, seeding.

Freedom from pressures,
Freedom from strife,
Freedom for growing,
Freedom for life.

For more information on NESTA and the Crucible programme go to: www.nesta.org.uk

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