Expertise

Facilitation

We help people to be relational leaders so that they can harness the power of groups to unleash social change. One way we do this is through good facilitation.

Facilitation methods feed into everything we do, including:

  • Stakeholder management and coalition building
  • Breaking through stalemates and handling difficult conversations
  • Creating shared objectives and purpose
  • Delivering action learning sets
  • Hosting away days and co-creation exercises
  • Coaching and advising executives and leaders
  • Establishing new collaboration practises and processes
  • Peer network management
  • Group leadership coaching
  • Online conference facilitation

We are trained facilitators in the following methodologies:

  • Art of Hosting
  • Action Learning Set
  • World Cafe
  • Open Space
  • ILM Coaching in Leadership and Management

Our work

Cabinet Office

We’ve facilitated workshops to help the Cabinet Office rethink its social interventions.

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Losing Control

We co-convene the Losing Control peer network, which explores new, inclusive and participatory management and facilitation practices.

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Hospice UK

We’ve helped Hospice UK start their transition from membership charity to a national movement.

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Art of Hosting

We co-convene immersive training sessions on the art of hosting and community organising.

 

M&S

We helped M&S convene and consult with community groups to rethink the role their stores play in their communities.

House Party

We convened and facilitated a series of conversations between housing activists and social changemakers.

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Our approach

We draw on a number of facilitation and leadership practices:

  • Democratic decision-making:
    • consent-based
    • sociocracy
    • holocracy
  • Inclusive meeting practises
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Action learning
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Unconferences
  • Creativity techniques
  • Power dynamics and group dynamics

“The Social Change Agency helped us ask what it means to be inclusive, not just in running a meeting or event, but in making decisions about money. How do you be open and transparent?

It helped having them on the outside looking in, talking to all of our different members and being really inclusive in the process.

We went with them instead of a more traditional organisation because they understood the social mission that we’re trying to achieve. Their experience with networks and another similar organisations was also really critical.”

William Nicholson

Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership