Learning never stops: the days after – a learning community to build back better
Wednesday 5 August 2020, from 2-3:30pm (UK time) will be the final session of this group in the current form. Register here to attend this summation and overview of a hundred days of shared learning: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApc-2prjIrH9JEN8CyNjR5-PUEJIIxl2JW
Over a hundred days, a group with in total over 120 people who care about citizen and community outcomes came together to learn together – how to build back better in the days after.
Organisations and spaces they came from included housing associations, charities, health, police, local and central government. And a really interesting smattering of international people, transformational linguists, systems and complexity thinkers.
As well as our usual community connection exercise, on 5 August, we’ll cover three things:
- the simple story of this learning community journey- how we came to identify what we think we would like to value in the days after
- what participants have valued in all aspects of their experience in life over the last hundred days
- ‘so what, and now what?’ – how can we live and learn the vision – what we value, what we want the world we live in to value – and how we can continue the process thinking we’ve been through, and the learning community, beyond this group
In advance of our round-up session, we are seeking ideas on how we can be part of making our vision (below) a reality. Please propose your ideas before noon on Wednesday at https://twenty-five-ten.herokuapp.com/challenges/ns57tgkxH7
The journey of the group has included:
- focus on ‘what will we face in the days after’ – appreciating the multivarious and overlapping challenges
- scenario development to consider the possibilities of what will result… which was not immediately inspiring
- open space development of key focus areas – from new forms of leadership, to the revolutionising of adult social care commissioning
- digging into the scenarios and asking ‘what do we want our new future to be’?
- third horizon thinking to consider what potential realities we can spot and seek to bring through into the new world
- identifying the prospects for radical rebuilding in the days after, and developing a full vision on ‘what we want to be valued’ in the days after
- identifying barriers to the achievement of the vision – and how we can model and share these values, and the shared collaborative learning process which led to them
Three special ‘spin-off’ events have been held:
- Communication: continuing past the crisis, engaging citizens – Risks and opportunities in the post Covid-19 world – with Amanda Coleman, former head of corporate communications, Greater Manchester Police. Slides and video etc at: https;//bit.ly/communicatingpastcrisisafter
- Five worlds for place-based working – with Alan Burns, RedQuadrant’s future operating approaches lead. Slides and video etc at: https://bit.ly/fiveworldsplaceafter
- Deep engagement – connecting, reflecting, sensemaking – with Anne Bennett and Penny Shapland-Chew of RedQuadrant, Roger Duck of Mapsar, and Amaranatho Robey, the Playful Monk. Drop an email to email@example.com if you’d like to find out more
Our original inspiration was phrased in this way:
- We’ve been dynamic in dealing with the crisis – amazing things have been achieved.
How do we learn from these breakthroughs?
- Things are still chaotic and confusing! And will be for some time as the ramifications continue.
How do we make sense of things right now and for the future?
- How do we prepare for a real reboot in ‘the days after’ the crisis?
We would like to thank all the participants, particularly those members of the core group who took the time to develop the thinking, structuring. learning and products of this unique community.
To join the group.io group and WhatsApp, which will continue, and to hear about next steps beyond this group, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To join this final session on August 5, register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApc-2prjIrH9JEN8CyNjR5-PUEJIIxl2JW