Events & Activities

All activities aim to model, and experiment with ways to help evolve our
ways of working and living to better serve the individual and collective
interests and wellbeing. Conveners of all events and other activities are
asked to commit to apply this to the focus, content, process and
atmosphere of the activities. Click here for an outline of the intended characteristics of all activities.

 

Exploring practices that enable us to work together in more mutually fulfilling ways

Collaborative Cells: An experiment in embodying ‘Civil Society’

This is an experiment to define and prototype practices that seek to enable us to collaborate in ways that are beneficial to everyone and to ‘organise’, design organisations and ultimately build a world where all can flourish. The experiment is also intended to prototype the underpinning way of operating of the Civil Society Forum; providing the DNA and cell structure that underpin the ‘operating system’ of the organisation. See dedicated webpage ‘Being Civil Society‘ for more info on the experiment, events and other activities around the experiment.

Open Forum Meetings – London

These events provide mutual support, sharing ideas and networking. Each
session runs from 5.40pm (for 6.00pm start) to 8.30pm. Contact us for
details of next session.

Wellbeing Activities – see dedicated page
‘Living Life to the Full’ Wellbeing course. First programme ran autumn 15.

Hosting – Serving as a host is a
great way to contribute to increasing the value and enjoyment that
everyone gets from forum activities and to opening ways for further
possibilities to emerge from each event; both for the host themselves and
the participants. Hosts can volunteer for one or many events. click here to find out more.

Partnership events: A key tenet of the Civil Society
Forum is collaboration and as part of this to enable collaborate events.
We are open to relevant suggestions and approaches as to future
partnerships and are exploring partnerships with Democracy Matters and
others.

Enquiring conversations: A series of conversations by
skype/webinar exploring topics on the theme: How can we adjust our
organisational practice to increase collective impact and better serve
commons interests, wealth and well-being?

The next event: Barry Mapp has offered to host a conversation building on
the subject of ‘Lessons from the Human Brain to help us work
together collaboratively and better serve our common interests’

(click here for more information on the topic). This will be
scheduled at a time to suit interested participants. If you are interested
in taking part in this or further conversations in the series contact ray
at rayc@transitionpartnerships.com.

Learning and Doing Group (or Supported Action Learning
Set): We are forming a group to learn together and support each other in
their individual work to stimulate and support their community of interest
in engaging in and taking action towards some particular area of concern
(that in contributes to the common good in some way). The precise form and
focus will be agreed in discussion with those interested. click here for more details.

Unless otherwise stated events will take place in the afternoon with the
option of further networking and an early evening dinner after the event.
We are continuing to keep costs to participants at extremely low prices
but invite donations to support the forum in convening the events. To aid
planning with tight budgets there will be a standard rate / minimum
donation which increases for later bookings (should places be available).

We look forward to meeting you. If you would like to be involved further
or have suggestions of events or other ideas please do make contact. We
will be in contact soon with further developments at the forum.

Partner events:
We are happy to promote the event organised co-faciliated by an activist
within the Civil Society Forum.

Tuesday evenings from 19.00 to 21.30, central London. Mastery In
Sustainability
.

“Transform yourself, transform the world.” Mastery in Sustainability is a
6 month programme made up of 10 evening sessions. It is an integration of
leadership development and spiritual practices applied to the times we
live in today. A journey of inner and outer enquiry, it is designed for
those who wish to be more powerful and effective in contributing to the
shift to a more balanced and sustainable world.

The Mastery in Sustainability programme is founded on the belief that
sustainability requires an inner shift in our values and mindset as well
as a change in our outer behaviour patterns and strategies.

For details go to
http://www.masteryinsustainability.com/

 
More on the programme will be posted shortly. Please do
send us an email, if you would like to be kept informed of the upcoming
programme. click
here to contact us.

 

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PAST EVENTS

Exploring practices that enable us to work together in more mutually fulfilling ways
Collaborative Cells: An experiment in embodying ‘Civil Society’

Part of the Festival of Human Organising

This session will introduce an experiment to define and prototype practices that seek to enable us to collaborate in ways that are beneficial to everyone and to ‘organise’, design organisations and ultimately build a world where all can flourish.

This is an open experiment to test out a set of organising principles at a small scale; enabling small-scale collaborations between members/participants through what we are calling a Collaborative Cell. It aims to prototype an infrastructure that would enable this to be scaled up to generate more life-enhancing organisational forms.

It will seek to embody practices that embody wholeness at every level drawing from ideas about reinventing organisations and teal principles (as described in Frederic Laloux’s book ‘Reinventing Organizations’ ), Theory U, complexity theory, spiritual intelligence and ideas on what it is that enables people and other living systems to thrive.

Join us to hear about what we are doing and why, to see a real time cell review, to contribute ideas and, if you would like, to explore opportunities to join in.

This will be followed up by a skype to progress with people interested in joining in cells or forming new cells or possibly joining existing ones. This is a practical experiment in embodying ‘civil society’; ways of working together where all can flourish.
For details see: https://experimentinbeingcivilsociety.eventbrite.co.uk

How to create an Economy for the Common Good – Can caterpillar’s
fly?
Evening of Monday 2nd November, London. In partnership with
Initiatives of Change ‘Trust & Integrity in the Global Economy’ Programme
(www.uk.iofc.org/tige) and The Economy for the Common Good
(www.ecogood.org/en) click here to find
out more.

 
Life-enhancing leadership – how to inspire enthisiastic
commitment and enable shared responsibility for making things happen in
the places we live and work
.
Led by Esther Ridsdale and
Patrick Andrews. This workshop looks at the conditions where people
naturally connect with what’s important in business and in life. It
explores how to create these conditions and to inspire personal
resourcefulness, shared responsibility and co-creation in our workplaces
and community organisations. Click for
details

Tuesday 21st January, 6-9pm. London.
Monday 11th November, 9.30am-5.00pm. Southampton.
Tuesday 12th November, 6.30-9.30pm. London.
Tuesday 23rd July, London, 10am-5.30pm. London
Monday 8th July, Southampton, 9.30-5.00pm. Southampton

Decision-making; Optimising Decision Outcomes. 6.00 for
6.30pm. Friends House, Euston, London
An evening introduction to the Quaker Business Method with an overview of
other aspects of Balanced Decision Making presented by The Decisions
Trust. Optimising Decision Outcomes is a multifaceted challenge that needs
to be tackled in several ways as well as addressing personal conduct. In
addition to increasing your awareness and knowledge of this subject, the
evening will also be a useful, practical experience and an opportunity to
network with other like-minded people.
The Quaker Business Method is still in wide use after 350 years, take this
opportunity to start to add this useful process to your skill set. The
evening will be interactive and you will have the opportunity to see the
techniques used in a live setting. Click for details

Win-Win Negotiation. Negotiation skills training
exploring the skills to achieve agreements that not only meet requirements
and deliver maximum value to both parties but are also sensitive to other
stakeholders’ requirement. This workshop will enable you to build your
effectiveness in the whole range of negoatiating situations; whether
buying, selling, discussing opportunities, managing or being managed. It
will also help you in your role as a parent, partner and any form of deal.
Trainer: Colin Grant. Click
for details

‘Why bother about the European elections? – What
can civil society and education do to help people know what the elections
are about?
This Democracy Forum is being run by Democracy Matters
in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office to discuss
the issues and find out what resources are available for education about
the EU. Click for details

An introduction to Dynamic Facilitation and Wisdom Councils:
Co-creating our future through “We” solutions
. Facilitated by
Andy Paice and Rosa Zubizarreta (one of world’s leading facilitators in
the approach). Click for
details
. For one participant’s reflections about and triggerd by the
workshop click for details

Tuesday 9 July. 9.30am-5.00pm, London. Improving Improving
Performance Through Teamwork and Cooperation – How to avoid becoming
better at doing the wrong things.
This course explores what
current management practices reveal about our assumptions and provides a
new way of thinking about and leading, teams and organisations; not as
traditionally taught, as a collection of autonomous parts but as complex
interdependent systems.Click for
details

Wednesday 26th June. 6 – 9pm, London. Negotiating to maximise all
round gain.
Exploring the particular skills to achieve agreements
that not only meet requirements and deliver maximum value to both parties
but are also sensitive to other stakeholders’ requirements. Trainer: Colin
Grant. Click
for details

Friday 21st June. 2-5.30pm,Totnes. Maximising Wellbeing; A
Co-creative Conversation Using Dynamic Facilitation
; working on
solutions to improve wellbeing of the community in Totnes. In partnership
with Satish Kumar’s Network of Wellbeing. Facilitated by Andy Paice and
Kirsti Norris. Click
for details

Friday 21st June. 7.30-9.30pm,Totnes. Dynamic Facilitation and
Wisdom Councils; How to harness Collective Intelligence and Update
Democracy
, With Andy Paice and Kirsti Norris. Click for
details

1.45-5.30pm Thursday 7th March, London: Dialogue and
the Positive Power of Purposeful Conversation
: how we can
use conversation to create transformative change
How can we shift our
conversations to make a greater contribution to the pursuit of our
personal, organisational and societal aims – to employ the power of
conversation with responsibility? Conversations are a fundamental part of
organisational life, yet for the most part people are unconscious of how
they use conversations. We invite you to a workshop, in which,
through practical exercises and sharing of experience, we aim to equip you
with skills and knowledge to enable you more consciously to shape the
conversations you engage in… to make a more powerful positive
contribution
to achieve individual, organisational or societal
aims.

6-9pm Monday 25th February, London: a seminal workshop titled
“Leading without leadership” exploring the science of creating
environments that develop personal empowerment, shared responsibility and
community
. This will provide practical ideas relevant to all
organisations from corporates, to community groups, to your family. This
workshop will look at the conditions where people naturally connect with
what’s important. It will explore what we can do to create these
conditions and to inspire personal resourcefulness, shared responsibility
and co-creation drawing on ancient wisdom, principles from architecture
and town planning and latest management science. by Esther Ridsdale is
founding convenor of the Civil Society Forum and Patrick Andrews, is a
facilitator, business adviser and poet, looking to enable a
transformational change in the way business is organised.

1.45-5.30pm Thurs 7th February, Kingston University, London:
Beyond denial – towards real economic and social transformation.
Part
1 examines the underlying thinking process towards change; Facing up to
the economic and financial challenges. Part 2 will explore the redesign of
economic processes to mirror the way nature works, considering the
Circular Economy and how this can be applied at an individual, local and
collective level. Part 3 will facilitate discussion on how transformation
can be applied at an individual, local and collective level including
particular focus on application in the higher education. Dr
Claudius Van Wyk:
Drawing on an approach based on
holistic science Claudius writes, consults, practices and lectures in
integral approaches to personal and organizational transformation and
complexity science. He is widely published including for publications
associated with the Schumacher College where he will be facilitating a
course on Holistic Leadership to transform organizational practice.

Craig Johnson is co-author of
Sense and Sustainability-educating for a low carbon world’ and
Programme Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

10am-4pm Monday 11th February, Coventry: Supporting the
Deming Alliance on a conference titled “Sumantra Ghoshal Meets Dr Deming
and Stafford Beer”, exploring the question ‘how does the syllabus of
management education need to change to better meet the needs of the
world?’ click for details of this and other meetings

Wed 5th December 1.30­5pm How
can we increase our individual and collective impact and enhance our ways
of working (organisational practice) to enable people to maximise their
contribution?
This session will focus on:

  • What are the conversations that will be transformative in the
    groups in which we operate?
    – Building on the idea that
    transformation can be achieved through conversations that matter
  • How the quality of our listening can enable more effective
    collaboration.
  • Practical examples of conversations to make a positive
    difference.

Thurs 22nd November 4-6.30pm RSA Living Systems Group
meeting. Christ Church Southwark, 27 Blackfriars Rd, SE1 8NY 6.30 –
8.30pm Informal networking session in The Blackfriar pub, 174 Queen
Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG.
Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly,
Director of the Complexity Research Group at LSE will present some of the
work of the LSE Complexity Group, discuss some complexity principles and
outline a method of addressing apparently intractable problems. She will
discuss the complex nature of Living Systems and their characteristics
within a social ecosystem, illustrating her talk with practical examples
from 17 years of work with organisations in both the private and public
sector; whole governments and states. Eve is a Member of the World
Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.

Tuesday 6th November, Totnes,
Devon
. We are ran a slightly amended version of
the event on the 25th in partnership with Totnes Transition
Town titled ‘Holistic Science, Resilience &
the Economic Commons’
. This built on the Quilligan series
workshop on the 25th October exploring the theme ‘Accountability:
Why we have lost it and how we can recover it’
. 50 people
attended the event which inspired lively and, at times, moving discussion.

Thursday 25th October 2012. Accountability:
Why We Have Lost It
and How We Can Recover It
International economist and Chair of
the Global Commons Trust, James Quilligan and Forum convenor Dr Claudius
Van Wyk lead us on an examination of how we can address our deepening
inability to protect and promote our common interests, resources and
well-being; civil society and the commons. This was a highly interactive
workshop exploring how to rebuild accountability making a difference in
our own organisations, communities and personal lives. The event was one
in a week of events on how we can protect The Commons; that is those
things needed for the wellbeing of all starting and finishing with events
in the House of Commons. For info on the series and emerging developments
see updates on the School
of Commoning website

Thursday 12th July: Open event – Organisational Practice and the
Commons
This participative workshop explored the question
‘How can we adjust our organisational practice to increase collective
impact and serve the common interests, wealth and well-being?

Programme Part 1: Lessons for us all from the banking crisis:
Dr Claudius Van Wyk will examine the need to understand and transform
the mindsets and unarticulated models that underpin undesirable behavior
in organisations. He will lift the lid on ways to alter the structures,
systems and ways of working needed to manifest the change in behaviour and
results needed for the collective good and thereby contribute to the sort
of world we would like our children and grandchildren to inherit.
Drawing on an approach based on holistic science Claudius writes,
consults, practices & lectures in integral approaches to personal and
organizational transformation and complexity science. He is widely
published including for publications associated with the Schumacher
College where he recently co-hosted a course on ‘Building an eco-literate
world view’.

Part 2: A set of short presentations addressing the question above
including:

  • Ray Charlton on ‘What does it take to be a leader in the context
    of the commons?; How do we lead in a way that evokes participation and
    uncovers the deeper need so as to optimize collective contribution
    made’
  • Charles Bazlington author of ‘The Free Lunch’ on the commons and
    currently involved in setting up a community bank
  • An overview of the Model of Sustainable Organisation
  • Barry Mapp on ‘Lessons from the Human Brain (& neuro-science)
    to help us work together collaboratively and better serve our common
    interests’

Tuesday 15th May: What needs to be done to adjust our
organisational practice to increase collective impact & serve the
common interests, wealth & well-being?
We were honoured to host
one of the Quilligan Series of events exploring how we can protect “the
commons”; that is the common wealth; needed for the well-being of all now
and future generations. Working in partnership with the School of
Commoning, the Gaia Network and Working in Trust our session will start on
the wider theme above but focus down on the above question. James
Quilligan, policy advisor to governments around the world will open the
session addressing how to protect the commons. Part 2 will present of a
range of different insights into useful approaches to address the
question. Part 3 will be open dialogue between participants joining with
others in small groups to explore facets of the challenge of common
interest. For more information on the event, articles, etc click
here

Thursday 19th April: Core Event Professor John Carlisle
and James Miller, Chair of Abermed shared insight on how to enable
effective collaboration both within and between organisations. The event
also looked at structural approaches to enable increased social impact.
This included an optional work stream bringing together people interested
in making this work and in working together to enable investment in and
development of more employee-owned organisations.

Tuesday 1st February: After the riots: from blame to positive
action
– All day workshop involving over 100 people exploring
‘what can be done to address the underlying causes of the riots?’. In
partnership with Initiatives of Change, the Cordoba Foundation &
Burning2Learn. Click
here for report from the day