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Creative Facilitation in a Time of Environmental Emergency

Key Info: 
  • Consider the environmental crisis in incontrovertible terms, so that you can respond to objectors in your journey as a wild facilitator/consultant or creative catalyst
  • Illustrate the dangers of climate change, drawing on the UNEP Report (November 2019)
  • Explore systemic methods including systemic mapping, embodied coaching, 4D mapping, eco constellations and Theory U

Jenny Mackewn; Satish Kumar; Stephan Harding; Rob Poynton and Tom Rivett-Carnac (via Skype)

£ 795.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions as well as simple, private accommodation with shared bathroom from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

This course explains the predicament that the earth is in and offers us some of the practical means to collectively meet the challenge, including:

• A vivid, evocative consideration of the environmental crisis and the implicit dangers
• An introduction to systemic thought and practice, as a powerful interconnected approach to fight climate change
• Examples of bio mimicry that illustrate what nature can teach us about saving the planet
• A range of complex and creative facilitation and catalyst skills
• An exploration of how and when to use these exciting skills with existing and new client groups, organisations or communities – in order to foster adaptation and resilience

In more detail, the course uses active and participative methods throughout to:

• Build a welcoming and creative learning community – in which you can feel safe and yet stretched to reach to the stars
• Explain the environmental crisis in incontrovertible terms, so that you can respond to participants who pose questions or objections Illustrate the dangers of climate change, drawing on UN Report (November 2019) and Bendell (2018)
• Introduce the 4 primary ways of knowing
• Explore systemic methods that emphasize the interconnectedness of all things; e.g. systemic mapping, embodied coaching, 4-d mapping, eco constellations, Theory U 
• Investigate concepts of adaption, resilience, and restorative processes
• Illustrate different methods of nature-connected facilitation including Earth wisdom teachings, Joanna Macey’s Work that Reconnects
• Integrate the power of story, ceremony and ritual
• Work with the energies of song, rhythm and music
• Discover our capacity to do improv
• Undertake an in-depth exploration of how to use these techniques in group/teams/communities/where we live and work already, as well as in the new groups/teams/ communities who will need our support and help

Our aim is to make sure that the time you spend with us is deep yet joyful, practical yet spiritual, while giving you a chance to further develop your professional skills and make new friends with whom to collaborate in the immediate future.  
By the end of the course you will have participated in, learnt or practiced the following facilitation methodologies: 

active, experiential, participative techniques; building a creative learning community; public explanation; dealing with questions systemic explorations such as eco constellations, 4-D mapping or social presencing theatre or Theory U, small group case clinic explorations, nature connected facilitation, Joanna Macey’s Work that Reconnects, resilience, ritual and ceremony, story, working with group energy, improv etc

And you will have begun to envisage how and where to apply these methodologies in your working and personal life and the wider field.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

Jenny Mackewn; Satish Kumar; Stephan Harding; Rob Poynton and Tom Rivett-Carnac (via Skype)
Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn is a Creative Catalyst who designs and leads innovative learning programmes and co-creative events.  She has recently initiated a Masters programme in Transformative Organisational Development (for Middlesex University): A leadership programme in Co-creating the Future (at Schumacher College) and a Focused Training in Constellations and Systemic Embodied Coaching (with ICF Accreditation).  She is developing a set of programmes in Holistic Business Development and Leadership for the Earth for Schumacher College and the Dartington Estate.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College. Satish has authored numerous books including No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim, Soul, Soil, Society: a new trinity for our time and most recently Elegant Simplicity: The Art Of Living Well.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinated and lectured on the college’s MSc Holistic Science for nearly two decades, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica.

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.  He is now the Deep Ecology Fellow at Schumacher College.

Robert Poynton

Robert Poynton

Robert Poynton is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He designs and facilitates workshops, programs, retreats and events. He lives in Spain, is a co-founder of On Your Feet— a consultancy based in Portland, Oregon, and he is the author of Do Improvise. He lives off grid - literally and metaphorically. The remote, hilltop house is off the electricity grid, so is solar powered and the small Spanish town where it is located is well off the beaten track for anyone but rock climbers or bird watchers.

He is a designer of learning experiences. Like ‘The Creative Tapas Experiment' or ‘The Oxford Praxis Forum Reading Retreats'. Rob believes in playing around with things (and people) rather than trying to control them and is fascinated by the power of place and the absurdity of human attempts to control ourselves, other people and things around us.

His most recent book is entitled “Do – Pause” and many of his friends regard his entire career as one long pause.

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Tom is a Founding Partner of Global Optimism and works across the portfolio of engagements and initiatives. He has spent 20 years working at the intersections of international diplomacy, energy policy and climate change in business, non-profit, financial services and international institutions. His latest book “The Future We Choose” with Christiana Figueres will be published in 2020.

Prior to co-founding Global Optimism, Tom was Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary at the UN Climate Convention where he focussed on the political strategy towards achieving the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015. Before this he was President and CEO of CDP North America, an entity that utilizes the financial markets to drive greater disclosure of climate change related risks and opportunities in the operations of listed companies. Currently more than 7,000 companies report climate information to CDP, which is then reflected back to investors for use in valuation and asset allocation decisions. Tom also held other roles at CDP, including founding the Cities Program and serving as Director for the first global process to support disclosure by cities.

Earlier in his career Tom held roles at Dyson and also spent two years as a Buddhist monk. Tom has held or continues to hold Advisory positions at the Clinton Global Initiative, NY Stock Exchange, Leaders’ Quest and the Global Impact Investment Network. Tom holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Economics from the University of Bath and an MSc in Systems Science from Plymouth University. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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