For anyone interested in exploring & practising ways of creating highly participatory environments

  • £10,015

    pledged of £15,000

    • 33


    • 0


This project received pledges on Thu 10 Oct 2019

The art of building power and self-organisation is a three day participative and highly interactive workshop blending 2 very powerful practices: The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter and Community Organising.

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Over the three days, we will explore:

  • How to initiate, design, host and harvest: meetings of any size, gatherings, networks and organisations that are more participatory, inspiring, and creative.​
  • How to improve the quality of conversations by improving the quality of our questions and our ability to listen beyond the words and build stronger relationships
  • You will experience some of the following facilitation tools: Circle Practice, Open Space, World Café, Design-Lab, Power Mapping, Pro-Action Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, Collective Story Harvest, OPERA and more.
  • Models for understanding how to work with complexity, emergence, reflection and self-organisation, such the Eco-cycle, Chaordic Path, The 8 Breaths of Process Design and more. ​

This training is for anyone interested in exploring and practising new ways of creating highly participatory environments to allow meaningful conversations to flourish.

It is for anyone who recognises the need to build power in communities and who seek to transform their organisational approach and build people's ability to self organise to bring about the change they seek through listening, collaboration, and harnessing the power of passion, personal transformation and collective intelligence.

When: The training will take place 9:30am - 5pm October 22-24th, 2019 

Where: A Venue TBC in London

Why different pledges?

We recognise that our privileges and economic situations may vary and whilst we want to value our practice and our work as trainers, we are also very keen to invite diversity and make sure this training is accessible to all. For this reason we invite you to consider your privileges or needs and consciously choose one of the pledges 

​​If your economic situation doesn't allow you to pay the lowest concession pledge, we would like to invite you to consider what you can offer (e.g. photography, filmography, writing a blog etc..) and get in touch so we can discuss your situation and we will do our best to make sure you can attend. Offer what you can and ask for what you need. 


Organised by Community CoLab, a laboratory for collaboration, participation and social action in partnership with The Social Change Agency, this training aims to build our individual and collective capacity to amplify voices, discover new insights, methods and tools to help us devolve power to communities and create shifts towards new ways of working that will enable us ​ to take on some of the greatest challenges of our time.