Developing participation cohorts
How could you bring together expertise in participation from across the borough to skill up people?
How could you create a pool of highly skilled leaders who can run activities which require high levels of expertise in participation?
How could you enable future participation leaders developed through the academy to help grow & accelerate collaborative activities?
How could you encourage local organisations to better involve residents in their activities through staff improving their skills in participation?
1. Supporting frontline staff to support people power in communities
We can learn from programmes supporting:
- Frontline staff to better work together to support residents in Newham (Social Welfare Alliance) and beyond (Systems Changers)
- Residents to work together to develop solutions in Newham (Community Assemblies, Citizens Assemblies, Youth Zones) and beyond (Everyone Everyday)
- People with lived experience to develop their skills in participation in Newham (Newham Health Champions) and beyond (Young Foundation Peer Research Network, Emerging Futures Fund)
2. Supporting residents to turn their community activities into ventures
We can learn from new ventures created to turn participation into a livelihood:
- Accrediting residents supporting participation (Public Collaboration Lab Digital Badges, Birkbeck Community Leadership programme)
- Support residents to develop employability skills in participation and be paid for it (Lambeth Community Researchers, IGP Citizen Scientists, Co-Organisers, Backr)
- Developing new ventures that sell participation services (i.e. Gloucestershire Community Builders, Year Here)
3. Supporting people to apply their practice to real challenges
We can learn from programmes that support leadership development in ways that get people to test out their learning in the field:
- Supporting people to work in small groups on specific challenges (Enrol Yourself)
- Support people to apply their learning supporting the frontline and developing new ventures (Year Here)
To explore this further, we are going to:
- Run a discovery with strategic partners on are their priorities in supporting residents to get involved in shaping their programmes & strategies. This should lead to insights on what challenges/priorities a participation academy could focus on to ensure that the academy gets people to learn through applying their skills to a specific challenge
- Run a discovery with services & partners on what are the skills needed to run participation activities — with a focus on citizens assemblies. This should lead to insights on what skills a participation academy should focus on training up residents to develop to run participation activities
- Run a discovery with residents on what skills they’d like to develop in running participation activities out of those above and what types of learning methods/activities would best work. This should lead to insights on what skills a participation academy should focus on training up residents to develop to run participation activities
- Run a discovery with organisations to understand their business models in running training programmes. This should lead to the development of options for business models on how best a participation academy could be funded and managed.
- Design of a prototype participation academy through a programme bringing together a cohort of residents to learn skills in running participation activities and applying them to a specific challenge identified above. This should lead to the development of a service blueprint and business case on how best a participation academy should be delivered.
If you’re interested in finding out more or exploring this with us, get in touch!