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Building Capacity for Building Participation

November 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am - November 20, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

It’s been recognised that the key to ‘bottom up’ economic regeneration and local systemic change is citizen participation in a range activities that can lead to new solutions, projects and enterprises. This short course aims to train a cohort of facilitators who live and/or work in Torbay to be able to design and lead co-creative meetings, hackathons, ‘open space’, etc. – just the sort of activities that spawn new solutions, projects and enterprises. Rob Hopkins calls this ‘unlocking the collective genius’ in communities.

The course will run the weekend of November 19th and 20th, teaching and practicing participatory methods such as appreciative inquiry, hackathon, open space technology, world cafe, visioning and backcasting, and related techniques that engage and include people in processes of collective brainstorming and ideation, decision making, planning, and aligning around common goals. The course will also connect participants with some core concepts relating to group dynamics and co-facilitation, equipping them with the confidence to work with the predictable messiness of group work. 

Who’s it for?  It’s for people who want to learn and remain engaged, applying their newly developed skills for the common good to working with our emerging ecosystem of change makers, of which Local Spark Torbay, Local Motion and many others are a part. Could be part of your professional development, lead to new income streams, and help you participate in the positive changes happening in Torbay. 🙂


Saturday Nov 19
arrive 9am for 9:30 start.
coffee/tea and lunch provided
workshop day ends 4:30

The cohort will enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant.

Sunday Nov 20
arrive 9:30am for 10am start
coffee/tea and lunch provided
workshop day ends 4:30

The cohort will also arrange for another half-day of practical experience to plan a participatory event to take place in the new year.

Please email Jay to register – jay@localsparktorbay.org

This course is a collaboration between Local Spark and Local Motion, with funding support from Local Motion and the Torbay Community Wealth Building.


November 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am
November 20, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
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