To increase the reach of our Transformative Collaboration course, we are now offering a training for trainers version. It will support trainers and facilitators who want to learn methods and tools for running courses and workshops that can empower effective collaboration.
Below you’ll read the course description for the original training. The details of the Training for Trainers version will be published in late March 2018.
Working with others is not always easy. It can feel frustrating, draining and unproductive. Meetings drag, personalities clash, power conflicts arise, chaos reigns and all this gets in the way of achieving what the group or organization set out to do at the beginning. But collaboration is key to collective agency and empowerment. It’s a basis for effectiveness, a crucial means of embodying our values, and it can bring forth emergent and creative qualities that alone we could barely imagine. Collaboration is not only a root of social transformation, it also provides a vital context for individual transformation, enabling us to share and live out our deepest values.
In whatever way we envisage contributing to the wellbeing of our world, for most of us it is going to mean working with others. It is going to mean collaborating. Collaboration is key to collective agency and empowerment. It’s a basis for effectiveness, a crucial means of embodying our values, and it can bring forth emergent and creative qualities that alone we could barely imagine. And collaboration is not only a root of social transformation, it also provides a vital context for individual transformation, enabling us to share and live out our deepest values.
But working in groups is not always easy. It can feel frustrating, draining and unproductive. Meetings drag, personalities clash, power conflicts arise, chaos reigns and all this gets in the way of achieving what the group or organization set out to do at the beginning.
This training will help you to learn how to collaborate, communicate and make decisions effectively. It will help you to draw out the best in yourself and others, to stay in healthy relationship, build teams based on shared values – and get things done! This course and related resources provides you with the tools and know how to make your group effective, fun, brilliant, and inspiring.
Effective collaboration requires an understanding of how groups work, it involves learning the skills for organizing and structuring our work together, it also requires deepening self-awareness, the honing of our ethical sensibility and the means to transcend our limiting habits in order to bring forth more helpful and creative capabilities. So this course integrates practical skills and approaches to group and organsational development with reflective and group practices that make the personal-interpersonal interface a truly creative place to be.
This training is for anyone working in a community or organisation, in a social change project, social enterprise or business and who wants to work creatively, dynamically and effectively with others.
Through a blend of participatory education and immersive learning you will learn how to:
G has been involved in social movement organising and education since the late 1980’s. He is a highly regarded trainer and has designed several training programmes covering areas such as sustainable activism, effective soci-political organising, ecology and systems thinking, wilderness immersion and nature connection work. He has also developed training for trainers work. He is known for highly innovative work blending pedagogical methodologies, which has inspired numerous training initiatives across Europe. He’s what you might call the Ulex Programme Director.
Lin is passionate about supporting trainers and activists to become more strategic and resilient in their educational work. She has worked in capacity building roles at a local, regional and international level for nearly a decade, developing programmes to strengthen networks between individuals and organisations working for positive social change. Her work for the Ulex Project is centred around European partnership development, where she’s particularly keen to work with people and organisations shaking up structures and systems of oppression.
As a social activist and trainer, and a member of SPINA trainer’s for social change collective and European Action for Youth (EYFA) network, Ewe leads trainings on group dynamics, consensus decision making, conflict resolution and sustainable activism. His work is primarily with grassroots groups involved in social and environmental struggles, as well as NGOs working in the areas of social and environmental justice, in Poland and internationally. Ewe is deeply committed to the work and involved also in trauma and emotional support for grassroots activists, currently dedicating most of his time to feminist, trans* and queer struggles through writing, performing and leading workshops. Ewe is also a WenDo trainer – a self defense and self assertiveness method for women and trans* people and he is passionate about working with body awarenesses and different bodywork methods as a radical mean of deconstructing internalized systems of oppression.
Ella has an academic background in International Relations and Critical Theory and has 10 years’ experience working with not for profit organisations across diverse social themes including: sustainable integration of migrant communities; local community engagement in national policy making and structural relationships between poverty and disenfranchisement. As Project Coordinator of the Ulex project her primary focus is building project partnerships, governance, strategy and the overall co-ordination of the Ulex residential training centre. Working with Col·lectiu Eco Actiu since 2008 she has an excellent understanding of its training programme and the cultural and linguistic needs of pan European projects.
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