A facilitated learning programme with people from across different places and sectors, including 6 in-person days, independent learning, and group coaching.

October – December 2024

At Collaborate, we have years of experience supporting people in organisations across the country to develop their leadership skills and mobilise change. For the first time, we have created a programme designed for people from across our network of public, private, voluntary and community sector partners to learn together across places and sectors.

Over six in-person sessions, participants in this programme will collectively explore how they can lead change from wherever they stand in their system.

Grounded in ideas from complexity theory, systems change and adaptive leadership, and in the wisdom and experience of the participants, the programme will offer participants new knowledge, frameworks, and skills and the opportunity to test and apply them, along with reflection on how they relate to their own work. 

Key features of the programme include:

  • Developing the skills to work in partnership, build common purpose and share power—and to do this in uncertain and complex conditions.
  • Exploring and expanding competence in negotiating across difference and increasing the personal ability to address structural inequalities, promote and harness diversity, and develop the leadership of others.
  • Reflecting on the self and the horizon of individual experience to generate greater self awareness and flexibility in working with others.

We will explore together how you can lead change from wherever you stand in your system. 

Grounded in ideas from complexity theory, systems change and adaptive leadership, and in the wisdom and experience of the participants, the programme will offer you new knowledge, frameworks, and skills and the opportunity to test and apply them, and reflect on how they relate to your work. 

You will have the opportunity to develop skills to work in partnership, build common purpose and share power; to explore and expand your competence in negotiating across difference; to make progress in uncertainty; to increase your ability to address structural inequalities, promote and harness diversity, and develop the leadership of others; and to reflect on yourself and the horizon of your experience to generate greater self awareness and flexibility in working with others.

Learning on this programme crosses thematic areas including:

  • Understanding outcomes as emergent properties of complex systems
  • Identifying adaptive challenges 
  • Navigating power and authority in the context of interventions for change
  • Working with conflicting perspectives
  • Learning and adapting as a practice
  • Building healthy relationships and conditions for collaboration

The programme will be interactive and participatory. It will include a variety of different types of learning activities, including presentations, talks and Q&A, large group and small group discussions and exercises, and personal reflection.

The learning community of participants will also serve as its own case study to explore how to mobilise change. We will look critically at our own experiences to gain insight into system dynamics, power, and sensemaking

This programme will benefit anybody who is: 

  • Striving to make progress on difficult or long standing problems.
  • A believer, in the power of collaboration for social change and want to develop the skills and understanding that help make this possible. 
  • Eager to develop themselves and their practice, prepared to think differently, and seeking a network of like-minded peers.

This is not your average “training programme”. It is experiential and relational. Signing up means joining a learning community where you commit to supporting your own and other people’s learning and exploring and developing together.

Your facilitators will include experienced Collaborate team members,
Elle Dodd, Jeff Masters, Leigh Brown, Naomi Diamond

Sessions
Module 1
Understanding
Module 2
Interpreting
Module 3
Intervening
Module 4
Adapting
Module 5
Partnering/Collaborating
Module 6
Doing

Complete the form below and one of our programme team will be in touch to discuss next steps.

If you’re interested in a tailored programme for your organisation, place or cause, please email [email protected].