2nd Meeting of Think Tank for Occupation-Based Social Transformation

7th September Hildesheim, Germany

The Think Tank starts at 9:00am in Goschentor 1, room E01 in Hildesheim.

Registration for the OSE 2017 Conference and Pre-Conference Think Tank is possible on Wednesday, 6 September, between 16:00 and 18:00 and on Thursday, 7 September, from 8:30 onwards. Please register before the start of the Think Tank.
The Think Tank runs from 9:00 to 18:00 (see the conference programme for a detailed time-schedule).

The Think Tank for Occupation-Based Social Transformation is aiming to bring together a world-wide multi-sectoral group of people (professionals, service users, researchers, students, teachers, members of the public, politicians…) who are committed to being actively involved in gathering information, providing ideas, and creating pathways towards solutions of how to tackle issues of social and health inequalities. Occupation may be described broadly as the various everyday activities people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do ( It is understood that occupation is important for health and well-being and that what we do together may be fundamental to social change.

The meeting on the 7th of September 2017 will be an opportunity for open discussions and exchange of views​. The day will start with an igniter talk by Lisette Farias (Ph.D. Candidate at Western University, Canada, MScOT, BScOT, OT Reg.​) on: “Social transformation through occupation: Moving beyond intentions for enhancing justice?” Participants will work in small groups around specific themes that have been developed from the outcomes of the 1st meeting of the Think Tank (Galway, 2016) and the results of the questionnaire that has been distributed. By the end of the day each group will have constructed a shared vision around the specific theme and identified concrete steps for achieving this. Each participant will be expected to identify the specific actions that he or she will undertake.

Registration: We invite all those to register who are committed to actively contributing to the Think Tank for Occupation-Based Social Transformation and to carrying out the vision and action steps that evolve from it.  On registration you will be asked to complete the questionnaire developed to inform this work if you have not already done so. Participants will be informed of the themes of the small groups in the early summer and asked to register for one group at that time (or on registration after that date). Participants will be asked to bring with them a short statement to share with their group regarding their experience and work on related issues.


We look forward to working with you towards our shared vision of social transformation through occupation, and towards a just society for all.