This Bard Project is based on a belief that the world has been shaped more by emotions than facts and that myth and story are a better way to explore the past that the factual, source driven conventional approaches.
Our approach is inspired by Gianbatista Vico thinking on the importance of the “imagination” (fantasia) and reflection (riflessiore). and the “poetic” nature f nations and that this poetic or mythic approach is the best way to understand their origins and the course of their history. This ‘poetic/mythic’ approach focuses attention on deep emotions, both individual and collective such as shame/pride, fear/security, guilt/peace of mind, humiliation/dignity.
The Bard approach is also informed by latest discoveries in neuroscience, decision science and goal theory. The focus here is on a recognition that ‘people feel before they think’ and ‘you can’t change feelings with facts’ and a deep motivation (currents not waves) that come from emotions that are felt viscerally.
Finally t his approach to Mythic History is informed by Bard Practices of Myth Telling, Immersive Exercises, and Gaming which help build a total cultural and systemic picture as well as uncover silent voices, especially Herstories and xxxxx
Our vital focus is on Irish history and those of its close neighbours UK and US looked at through the theme of Chosen People and Not Chosen People. This is designed to uncover the interaction of mythologies and how they shape action and inaction and deeply held feelings.