Set in the age of Amazon and online content, with a backdrop of funding cuts to the arts, how does a Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas make its way in the world? The Wheeler Centre  provides a forum for conversation, with extremely varied topics, from erotic literature to human rights, so its community is not a homogenous group. However, that doesn’t mean that its members are any less engaged.Hosting around 250 public events every year, around 80% of which are free, the Wheeler Centre has limited barriers to entry for those wishing to participate.

Director Michael Williams discusses how in an online world people are increasingly searching for connection to generate a sense of identity. The Wheeler Centre has developed a strong and engaged community by providing a supportive environment for investigating ideas. In today’s episode of Be The Drop, Michael talks about implementing a contract to conversation, having pride in your expertise and being a part of something bigger than yourself…

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