How we work
Our shape is constantly changing.
We come together regularly at Network Meetings throughout the year. Activity groups carry out specific work decided by the Network and get together more regularly.
- Network activity
- How we learn
- Participatory leadership
- 8 breaths model
Deciding Together - a collaborative, non-competitive grant making process. Funding for the people. by the people.
Creative Action - a celebration of creativity to ease isolation. Focuses on non-extractive co-production.
Joint Commissioning - commissioners, providers and people with direct experience come together to look at those services commissioned using public money.
Cultural Values - a learning process to better understand how well services and systems are working.
Skills and Training
How we learn and progress together is cyclical.
We take these 5 steps to evolve together.
This is widely referred to as 'experiential learning'
and narrowly defined as 'learning through reflection on doing'.
Together we - observe the current system in the moment, question why things are as they are, plan to make change, take action and then reflect.
Sometimes, hearing everyone's views and working things out as a group can take a long time.
This is why we use collaborative processes proven to work over long periods of time in order to allow for all voices and opinions to be heard.
This model shows how a group of people can come together in a space where each individual's views and opinions are valued equally. The results of working in this way are wise, more informed action and increased connection.
The 9 steps of the '8 Breath Model':
Begin by recognising a Disturbance, Possibility or Question
The Call - a core team is asked to come together
Clarify the core team's own role within the process
Invite stakeholders to participate
Meet to discuss the issue at hand
Harvest information provided through discussion
Act - practice what's been learnt through sense-making
Reflect on change that has occurred
In between each step participants are encouraged to create space for thought and 'breath'.
This slows the process down and ensures commitment from everyone involved.
The diagram above shows where divergence (disagreement and difference) and convergence (coming together) take place.
There is space held between the two to allow for the emergence of new ideas to occur.
It's often tough to stay in this place as there is often a rush to make decisions. This is why it's marked 'the groan zone'.