Creating Tomorrow

Newsletter January 2016

Dear Colleague

Wishing you a happy and successful New Year. Our first edition of 2016 contains the usual free tool for you to use, plus news of up coming events. Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on the idea of a Change Community in December we will take on board all the comments. We are much looking forward to welcoming participants to our Open Capacity2 course in January in London.

If you have been forwarded this by a colleague click the 'Follow Pat Collarbone ' button to your right. As always we welcome your feedback.

All the best for 2016.

Pat Collarbone

Coming soon - a consultation toolkit

We have been working hard on a new product Consult2 which we will launch in February. It is a practical 'how to' guide to engaging students, parents, governors and others. It contains eight useful tools with hints and tips on how to use them most effectively. It will be a useful adjunct to Change2 for any team testing out their ideas with the wider community. We will be offering a discount in the first month after its launch. Watch this space.

Australia 2016

Simon and I will be working in Australia in March and September this year. We will be revisiting old friends in Melbourne and Canberra as well as working in Sydney and Brisbane.
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Multiple perspectives

This months free tool is taken from our forthcoming consultation toolkit.

'Multiple perspectives' is a technique used to open up or widen a group's perspectives ie. the points of view from which the group members regard a topic. It is a good warm up exercise before starting to discuss key questions.

Rotating between roles encourages people to see an important issue from as many vantage points as possible. If there are more people than roles, create small teams to discuss the issue or problem from each perspective. It is useful to get children thinking from the parents' and teachers' perspectives before looking at the questions.

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  1. Create a cardboard wheel as above with team members' names and issue/problem in the centre and also create cards for the stakeholders who have an interest in the topic.
  2. Have a flipchart available for each stakeholder group.
  3. Make sure that each team member is lined up with a stakeholder.
  4. Each member must now act from the perspective of the stakeholder they are lined up with by adding their understanding of that viewpoint. In the example above Sharon has lined up with 'Governor' and she must add what she thinks the governor's perspective might be to the governor flipchart.
  5. Likewise, Bill comes from a 'Student' perspective and adds to the student flipchart, Ahmed from a 'Parent' perspective and so on.
  6. When the wheel is turned clockwise one space, Ahmed will be line up with 'Governor' and must then add his 'governor' perspective and so on around the group.

The time required is variable depending upon the depth of discussion.

BBC podcasts

Over the Christmas break I stumbled upon a BBC Radio 4 programme that I thought people might be interested in and then discovered the whole series is available to download as podcasts. Sarah Montague interviews leading thinkers from the world of education who have some fascinating ideas that need to be debated.
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