Wanting to learn more about what community organising is, and you are asking yourself how does community organising differ from other approaches?
Based on the many conversations with fellow practitioners over the last 10 years we have set out what we see community organising is, and what it isn’t, and what makes community organising a distinctly different and unique approach.
Community Organisers were delighted to take part in the co-organising and delivery of the very first meeting of Reflective Citizens UK (RCUK), on June 12th, 2021.
Reflective Citizens UK is an initiative of Dr. Marina Mojovic of Reflective Citizens Koinonia (RCK) and Professor aladin aladin of The Social Capital.
The Reflective Citizens UK Workshop
The Reflective Citizens UK workshop applied the unique ‘Reflective Citizens Method’ of creating reflective spaces ‘with and for’ citizens. The spaces are inclusive of everyone regardless of background, nationality, social-political history, ethnicity, gender, class, age, or profession.
The workshop took place over 4 hours and combined large and small group work. Starting with ‘Social Dreaming’, the experience develops into spaces where all participants can discover connections with each other.
Over 70 people signed up for the inaugural Reflective Citizens UK workshop.
"I appreciated the variety of participatory opportunities through the four hours and that the time was focused on who we were and where we were then."
Reflective Citizens Koinonia
The history of the Reflective Citizens Method started with work carried out by informal citizen-led groups in Serbia during the ‘horrible nineties’. This grassroots approach became extremely adaptable. Often working within very traumatised communities.
Reflective Citizens Koinonia is a community of local Communities. They all use the methodology of the Reflective Citizens training. Using the same methodology across all of these communities, helps them to co-operate with each other.
Koinonia refers to concepts such as fellowship, joint participation, the share which one has in anything, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution.
Bringing RC Koinonia to an international audience has been a long journey. Reflective Citizens Koinonia was excited to bring the new stages of the Reflective Citizens Method to the United Kingdom for the first time.
Note: Activities of Reflective Citizens UK are voluntary and free of charge.
"The unique Reflective Citizens facilitation, programme structure, and content were exceptional."
Will Reflective Citizens UK Meet Again?
Yes. We want to hold Reflective Citizens UK workshops 4 times a year. Please contact David Symes to show an interest in joining the next RCUK event.
” It was a more diverse membership than large groups I usually attend”
“I want quite sure what to expect and parts of the session were difficult to follow. The first part in particular about dreams and associations. I persevered and was glad I did as the smaller group sessions were really good and felt like we were just starting when it finished 😊”
“I appreciated the variety of participatory opportunities through the four hours and that the time was focused on who we were and where we were then”
“There was a level of diversity and a critical mass in terms of a number of participants which seemed to make for a very good mix – crossing sectors, nationalities, ways of presenting self and so on. In addition, the unique Reflective Citizens facilitation, programme structure, and content were exceptional. The unaffiliated, non-denominational nature of the event helped create trust – it was ‘owned’ NOT by a ‘real’ organisation but by citizens themselves. Finally, the Zoom production was also superb”