Future Conversations: Programmes

Future Conversations is a series of facilitated workshops, designed to help communities raise their resilience in response to climate change and other challenges.

The Future Conversations programme aims to:

  • Connect to share our hopes as well as our fears and challenges.
  • Build your inner resilience by learning valuable lessons from nature and new life skills.
  • Open up to your creativity and motivation to build resilient communities
  • Challenge our beliefs and norms to allow what’s possible to emerge, particularly the impact of the climate emergency, and related social justice issues.

Seeding our Future ran three pilot FC programmes in person in 2019, and ran an online programme in late 2020. For 2021, we are offering several options, which can be booked by community or environmental groups, or individuals: see full information below.

Programmes you can book for a group
Eight sessions for 10-20 people: Online: £1800 or In Person £2800 plus travel costs A one session taster of 1.5hrs: Online only: £200

Facilitator training
If you’d like to take part in a training as a facilitator of FC, let us know: we hope to run a training process during late 2021: indicative cost £400 per person.

For enquiries about possible bookings click here.

Join our team
We would like to add 2/3 more facilitators to our team: your remit would be to identify potential client groups, negotiate outcomes, timings and costs with them, and facilitate the programme. Full training and support will be given. To enquire about this opportunity, click here.

OVERVIEW OF FUTURE CONVERSATIONS

Almost everyone agrees that strengthening the capacity of communities will be vital in facing the troubles ahead, but what does this mean, and how can we do it? Future Conversations is a series of 8 facilitated sessions for 10-20 participants, ideally all from the same community. The content of the sessions is flexible, aiming to meet the needs of the individuals involved and of their community as a whole. Typically the content includes some resilience and adaptation training, community and organising skills, and ways to understand and respond to the climate crisis. If possible, we use an outdoor setting for some sessions, and ways to learn about resilience and community from natural eco-systems. In 2019 we successfully ran complete pilot programmes with three communities in London, the Midlands and Scotland, and we are developing further formats.

  • Online format: we can deliver the programme in 8 sessions of 1.5 hrs using zoom calls, with a recommend group size of 10-20 people.
  • Online taster: We have a 1.5 hour online workshop to give a flavour of the full programme, and enable people to decide if they wish to commit to that.
  • Facilitator training programme: We are planning a second facilitator training programme probably late 2021, we will decide in August whether this will be in person or online.

FORMAT AND CONTENT

Each programme is a series of sessions, each 2 hours long, for a group of 10-20 participants, with two facilitators. The interval between sessions is between weekly and monthly. The aim is to recruit people with an actual or potential connection, e.g. living in the same neighbourhood, members of one organisation such as a community group, etc. The venue is ideally a community garden, or local community centre with green space close by.

The first session is a ‘taster’, preferably for 12-20 people, at which people are invited to commit to the full series of sessions. All details of the sessions are open to negotiation with local partner organisations. Sample session content for the series includes:

1.Taster: exploratory session sharing how you feel, what you think about the future, or how you avoid it. Various ways to consider the future are explored. What Future Conversations offers, including the potential topics, mention of the impacts of climate emergency.  Consensus about the shape of the programme. Aim to agree practicalities like length of sessions, and the target content of the sessions.
2.How About You: your present and future concerns about your own life and work, e.g. health, finance, housing, food supplies. Some basic resilience and positive psychology skills. Handling difficult feelings, finding resources and support.
3.Natural Happiness: learning about human nature, and how to grow your own happiness, by learning from nature and gardening.  For example how to ‘compost’ your concerns and stress, how to nourish your roots and support network, including community connections.
4.The Big Picture: using a deep ecology process to face fears about the future, find new perspectives, and a new sense of fellowship and purpose.  Finding a sense of hope and what you can believe in, both individually and in your community.
5.At Home with the Planet: exploring fears, facts and practicalities around environmental sustainability and the climate emergency.  Exploring different views and ways to respond to it, including Deep Adaptation and Extinction Rebellion.
6.Community Matters 1: What does community mean to you: what do you need, what can you offer to your communities (e.g. your neighborhood, family, faith, work groups?)  Skills and resources to help community groups to function better.
7.Community Matters 2: Exploring current and future issues around the front-line services that you and your community need, such as the NHS, local authority services, education, etc. Considering how to take an empowered approach, including community action.
8.Completion and beyond: wrap-up session. Celebrating the shared journey.  Exploring follow-on hopes and plans, and how to find support and information to move forward from here.

LEAD FACILITATORS

Pam Candea, of The Surefoot Effect, CIC, trains group work facilitators, runs personal resilience workshops, assists community groups with defining and implementing their values into their work, and works with corporates to lower their carbon impacts. She recently ran a pilot series of Future Conversations for Belville Community Gardens in Greenock. She has been using the elements of Joanna Macy’s ‘Spiral of the Work That Reconnects‘ in workshops for several years … and is still enjoying the learning!

Georgina Wilson: Founder and CEO of BUD: Overseer, Serial Social Entrepreneur, Community Organiser, Programme designer, Project Manager, Systems thinking, Facilitator, Host and Coach. Supports leaders for positive change in enterprise and community using a variety of methods and tools. Her focus is to enable emerging leaders to unearth their potential and power and to move them towards action and creating change. Previously collaborated with TfL, Local authorities, Semble, Power to Change, Specsavers, Community Organisers Ltd and more.

We also have a network of associate facilitators, and are open to working with a facilitator from a group client.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

We are interested in working with additional partners for the next stages of the project.

Single Conversations series partners: these could be local projects, or national organisations.

Roll-out partners: we are seeking a few regional or natural partners who could use this process through their network.  We would hold a facilitator training for you and then support the newly trained facilitators to prepare for and deliver the sessions.

FUNDING

The research and development to date, has been funded by Seeding our Future. SOF has limited funds for further programmes, and we are seeking to work with local partners, who can self-fund this work or partner in fundraising. 

CONTACT

Pam Candea: pam@surefoot-effect.com 07970 327975