The Rhizome Theater Company at the National Neurotrauma Society Symposium 2019
New for NNS 2019, we incorporate an audio documentarian approach to draw out key features of function, disability, and research advocacy related to neurotrauma.
The Rhizome Theater Company will use its unique community folklore collection and sharing methods to:
A core Rhizome Theater Company deliverable will be a lasting compendium of “Voices of NNS,” including audio interviews/oral histories of a wide variety, arranged and edited into a series of thematic vignettes in audio and written format for the NNS archives. This compendium will support scientific programming, research advocacy on function, disability advocacy, and societal capacity building and outreach activities for the NNS going forward. The member point of view informational resource will contribute to white paper publication deliverables intended to advance focus on function in precision medicine research, education, advocacy and training.
About Rhizome Theater Company
The Rhizome Theater Company provides a unique form of community folklore collection and sharing through audio and written documentary. They are able to achieve this by immersing themselves into the community and listening to the motivations, passions and different perspectives from its members. Documentary vignettes created by Rhizome represent and emphasize common core themes that define each community. By facilitating the spread of knowledge, Rhizome strives to provide greater community awareness and empathy.
Why are we incorporating this into Neurotrauma 2019?
The National Neurotrauma Society seeks to accelerate the research that will provide answers for clinicians and ultimately advance the care and cure of those that endured a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. Our diverse neurotrauma community includes health care providers, scientists, advocates, industry partners, and patients. Given our diversity, we would benefit from understanding the core motivations and critical drivers underlying our shared goals.
Rhizome Theater Company will help us achieve this by engaging with our attendees to document different points of view in order to extract common core themes. For NNS 2019, the scientific program addresses the neurobiological concept of function after neurotrauma, where the meaning of function may differ for those focused on TBI, SCI, and peripheral nerve injury. By collecting the ‘Voices of NNS,’ individual and collective interpretations of function will be presented in an interactive theatrical style and collected in audio and written formats. By better understanding the core motivations of our members and attendees, NNS can position itself to advance education and advocacy for neurotrauma.
What will Rhizome Theater Company do at NNS 2019?
How can NNS members and Neurotrauma 2019 attendees get involved?