A Different Way Of Meeting, Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter
There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear. Expect to be surprised. Treasure curiosity more than certainty. Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert in something. Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know. Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations change your world. Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
FREE TRAINING FOR RESIDENTS ACTIVE AND WANTING TO BECOME ACTIVE, COMMUNITY LEADERS, YOUTH WORKERS, CHANGE MAKERS, ACTIVISTS AND PEOPLE WORKING IN ST PAUL’S
Join us to learn and practice different ways of meeting, working and collaborating in groups of any size, We will explore community issues whilst learning new tools for collaboration. We will model methods to create safe spaces for meaningful conversations with less hierarchy and more self-organisation, including:
Circle: Also known as council, is an ancient practice used for thousands of years for community building and conflict resolution. Circle supports the creation of a safe space where the mind and the heart can open up and we can truly listen to eachother.
Open Space: A method with african roots, used to run meetings with up to 2K people without the need for a preset agenda, particularly usefull when there is potential for conflict and time is of the essence. The agenda is set by participants who then self-organise around the topics more important to them, enabeling to work with passion and allowing more time for conversation and co-creation of the results.
World Cafe: A structured conversational process comonly used for consultation, innovation and setting strategic direction for projects and organisations. This method creates an informal space where the collective intelligence of a group emerges through a set of conversations allowing to understand what the group thinks as a whole.
Harvesting: The Art of harvesting is the gathering of the fruits of our work meeting together, this can be expressed in many ways particularly through the arts, be it through drawing, poetry, theater, music or anyother form, Harvesting is a creative way of taking minutes allowing us to express through the arts what has been discussed or agreed at a meeting.
A Community Led St. Paul's Neighbourhood Forum? The Community Rights Project would also like to create a group of people from the participants of this workshop who will be willing to collaborate and put their learning into practice by supporting the creation of a St. Paul's Neighbourhood Forum run by local people using the methods learned at this workshop, we will provide support and cover the cost of delivering. By signing up to this workshop, you are not commiting to The St. Paul's Neighbourhood Forum delivery ( We will discuss more at the session)
We will provide certificates of attendance at the end.
CRECHE ON REQUEST ONLY (LIMITED CAPACITY) This is not a drop in session, you must book your place BRING (LABELED) SHARED LUNCH AND A NOTEBOOK WE WILL PROVIDE SNACKS, AND REFRESHMENTS
Priority given to residents of St. Paul's or the local area, but everyone is wecome to register.
Register now to reserve your space!
Thank you for completing this form and signing up, we will be in touch the last week of May to Confirm your space ( most people signing up will be accepted, we will prioritise people living and working in St. Paul's, then people in the local area and others beyond) When we have filled all spaces this form will be removed immediately, so if you have filled this form, we expect you are able to attend.