Last month, the whole Anderson Acoustics team took to the East Sussex countryside for an inspiring awayday, under the excellent leadership of the Brighton-based adventure company, Unknown Epic.
We took part in a ‘Walkshop’, walking through the beautiful Sussex countryside and having meaningful discussions about the past, present and future of the company, well away from our busy offices and the distractions of technology.
It was confirmation to us all that often the most creative, inspiring conversations happen when you get out into Nature.
Starting in Friston Forest, we spent a minute re-calibrating our noise-polluted ears in silence, observing the sounds in the trees all around us. It was a great chance to try active listening for ourselves. We enjoyed giving our ears priority and focusing solely on the acoustic stimuli around us – something we encourage our clients to do, when they are designing new spaces and considering how they might sound in the real.
We then walked through the woods, over sunny hills and then along the beautiful Cuckmere river winding its way to the coast, stopping along the way for team presentations, discussions on our strategic direction and shared learning. We encountered all sorts of natural sounds from the breeze in the trees to many different birds and eventually, the waves on the beach.
Luca recorded some natural soundscapes during the day, which give a great aural snapshot of the places we walked through.
As we walked, we split into groups and talked together, sharing what the business means to each of us, the values and ethos of our company, how to build on our collective skills and learning from our successes and failures.
We came home with a renewed sense of understanding and determination to push ahead with the wide variety of work we do to ensure that acoustics is a force for enabling a better quality of life for all. We continue to encourage our clients to consider sound at an early stage when designing new spaces – you can read more about active listening, or find out more about all of the work we do here.