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Building Capacity for Building Participation

November 19 @ 9:30 am - November 20 @ 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 over a weekend in November, 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.

Please email Jay with your expression of interest – jay@localsparktorbay.org

This course is a collaboration between Local Spark and Local Motion, with funding support from Local Motion and the TDA.


November 19 @ 9:30 am
November 20 @ 4:30 pm
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United Kingdom