Published 10th September 2021

CO21 Workshop Listings – Day 1

Here are the workshop listings and sign-up links for DAY 1 of CO21: The Positive Power of Place.

 

TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 09:30 – 10:30

FRAMEWORK FOCUS – REACH

Facilitated by Nick Laffan of Community Organisers

Join Nick Laffan for this interactive workshop focusing on the Reach part of the Community Organising Framework.

Nick is the Head of the National Academy of Community Organising. In this role, he oversees all of our training and quality assurance, working alongside our network of 15 Social Action Hubs. Nick trained as a community organiser himself ten years ago, going on to train and support hundreds of community organisers around the country to listen, reflect and create change.

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 09:30 – 11:00

CREATING A CULTURE OF POSSIBILITIES

Facilitated by Nick Gardham of Community Organisers

In many of the places that we work we are hearing how people have lost hope that life could and should be better. The last 18 months of the pandemic have exacerbated the many challenges that people were facing and the cliff edge of furlough, universal credit and housing evictions could force many people into further challenging circumstances.

Community organising is about deep and respectful listening that works with and alongside people to enable them to find a greater sense of agency and build collective power.

Together we will explore how listening one to one, developing relationships, and building power can help to restore hope and organise for enduring change.

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 12:00 – 13:00

FRAMEWORK FOCUS – LISTENING

Facilitated by Nick Laffan of Community Organisers

Join Nick Laffan for this interactive workshop focusing on Listening as part of the Community Organising Framework

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 11:30 – 13:00

STREET STORIES: HOW CAN WE USE STORYTELLING TO SHARE COMMUNITY LESSONS?

Facilitated by  Community Court Yard

This workshop begins with the basics of Street Stories. We hear about Clarissa Pinkola Estés, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Cantadora (keeper of the old stories) who teaches us that making stories creates space for dialogue and forges community connection. This session will explore the different techniques of storytelling, the value of storytelling to share community lessons, create connections and build a fairer world.

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 11:30 – 13:00

FROM ‘DEVOLUTION’ TO ‘DECENTRING’ – INTRODUCING THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MUNICIPAL ENQUIRY REPORT

Facilitated by Dr Nick Mahony (Cultural Democracy), Frances Northop (New Economic Foundation) and Moussa Sylla (Community Organiser at the Selby Trust, Tottenham)

In November 2019, with the support of a grant from the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust, we set out on a project which we named ‘Municipal Enquiry’. It was designed to bring state actors, practitioners, activists and academics together, to consider how alternative forms of power, accountability, participation and control can be more effectively and democratically built-in local contexts.

The project took the form of an open and collective research conversation, focusing on investigating the role of different groups and individuals in supporting local communities and frontline local groups and how it may be possible to work more effectively in different ways. The aim was to involve key activists and practitioners in a collective dialogue about current forms of community and municipal development.

This session will introduce the findings and recommendations set out in the final Municipal Enquiry report; it will also offer an opportunity to collectively discuss and reflect on these findings, share experiences and talk about the next steps.

1 1/2 hour session. Presentation followed by collective discussion.

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 14:00 – 15:30

COMMUNITY ORGANISING: A FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION AND CHANGE

Facilitated by Nick Gardham of Community Organiser

Participants will explore the community organising framework. Looking at how it can be a tool to both; strengthen relationships and build collaborative structures within places, as well as being able to, work with residents to build their collective power to challenge constructively for change.

Using the community organising framework, participants will immerse themselves in a participative exercise to understand the component parts of community organising. Giving them the opportunity to reflect on its application in practice in their respective contexts.

By the end of the session, it is hoped that participants will leave with a greater understanding of the community organising process and how they can both work with and alongside residents to support action at a neighbourhood level.

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 15:00 – 16:00

FRAMEWORK FOCUS – CONNECT

Facilitated by Nick Laffan of Community Organisers

Join Nick Laffan for this interactive workshop focusing on Connect as part of the Community Organising Framework

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TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 15:30 – 17:00

SPARKING SOCIAL CHANGE

Facilitated by James Muldoon, University of Exeter

How can students be empowered to make change in their communities?

This seminar introduces a framework of social change developed for teaching undergraduate students the power of community organising.

Drawing on the experience of designing and teaching the module “Sparking Social Change”,

The seminar provides an overview of how the module was developed and offers examples of transformative projects undertaken by students on their journey to create social change.

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