The world's full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start?
Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep - that tackles the problem in front you - and grows from there.
This course, an enhanced version of one I ran in 2012 - and this time co-delivered with Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett - will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community.
I'm an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner with 10 years of working with this philosophy to help people make a difference. You don't need to know anything about Appreciative Inquiry (have a Google!) except that it's originator - Dr David Cooperider - describes it as a way to seek out what gives life in order to ignite the imagination of what could be. It's used with communities all over the world: working especially well in rural communities in developing countries.
At its heart is story-telling, and finding the best in every person. Everyone has something they can DO. To quote Cooperider (because this is great and I've nicked a bit for the course title):
“[Appreciative Inquiry] deliberately seeks to discover people’s exceptionality – their unique gifts, strengths, and qualities. It actively searches and recognizes people for their specialities – their essential contributions and achievements. And it is based on principles of equality of voice – everyone is asked to speak about their vision of the true, the good, and the possible. Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential."
Over six weeks you'll learn how AI works and will be encouraged to build your own project. The course is interactive and practical, and the fee includes a folder with detailed handouts of each session and all exercises. We encourage a certain amount of 'homework' but this will be light, fun and optional.
Places are restricted to 16, and will be allocated first come first served. (We'll start a waiting list if we get over-subscribed!)
Tutors: Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and founder of Southend Soup, Graham Burnett, Diploma of Permaculture Design
Venue: Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road (opposite Southend Central Station), Southend on Sea,
Dates: One evening a week for 6 weeks, Thursday 28 April through to Thursday 2 June
Time: 7 - 9pm
Course fee: Cost for full course £30.00 for concessions (ie students, and those not currently working.)
£50.00 for everyone else
A deposit secures your place and you can pay the remaining balance on the first night. £5 deposit for concessions, £15 deposit for non-concessions.