During this period of seismic change and uncertainty, when so many of us are feeling particularly isolated and struggling to map out a future, the need for peer support has arguably never been greater. That's why, as part of our efforts to help our fellow creatives, we're really pleased to be able to launch RE:SET, a new virtual action learning programme for creative freelancers, artists and other creative entrepreneurs based in England.
Through RE:SET, we're setting up a series of virtual action learning sets (think of an action learning set as a peer coaching group and you have the right idea) for artists and creative freelancers and entrepreneurs. Each 'set' will bring together 8 individuals, who'll work together over a period of time to help each other explore their challenges, opportunities and dilemmas and unlock new insights.
RE:SET runs from July to October 2020, with some sets starting up in July and others in September, once schools (hopefully) will have opened again. We hope that these sets will become a useful 'constant' for you during a period of massive disruption, providing ongoing support and connection as we all try to make sense of the now and plan for the future.
It’s free to join a set, thanks to our partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Applications open on 22 June and close on 12 July, and you can APPLY HERE.
So, what is action learning, and how will RE:SET work?
Imagine having a team (or 'set') of brilliant, inspiring coaches - working with you to help you with the big decisions you need to make - and you’re in the right ball park. Sounds great, right? That’s what you’ll get if you join one of our new virtual action learning 'sets' - that, and the chance to develop your own coaching and facilitation skills.
Action learning involves working on real problems, focusing on learning and actually implementing solutions. When you join a set, it's incredible how quickly bonds of trust and relationships develop. We've run sets for hundreds of run sets for hundreds of creative freelancers up and down the country – from creative producers to illustrators, composers, copywriters and even acrobats! Over and over again, we've seen the action learning process unlock really powerful reflection, decision making and action – true 'lightbulb moments’ – and seen set members massively increase their confidence and resilience. And it works brilliantly online, using Zoom to bring us together.
Through being part of a set you’ll gain…
- New insights and solutions
- A new peer network – a go to bunch of peers you can trust to help you fathom stuff out
- New skills that will help you develop your business and career
- The knowledge, experience and confidence to set up your own action learning set
Watch our RE:SET video to find out more, and take a look at who you'll be working with...
Watch our RE:SET video
Find out more about RE:SET and action learning from hub Director, Julia Payne. Watch and read more
Meet the RE:SET team
Find out more about Julia and Steve, our super friendly action learning facilitators. Meet Julia and Steve
Find out more about this programme
We’re running 3 different kinds of action learning sets
In these sets you’ll meet one morning a fortnight between July and October. Perfect for those of you looking for peer support right now. Find out more & apply
Perfect for those looking to develop new facilitation skills, these sets provide an intensive professional development experience as well as peer support. Find out more & apply
These sets kick off in September. You’ll meet for once a week for 8 consecutive weeks. Perfect if you’re looking for peer support across the autumn. Find out more & apply
How to apply and other FAQs
Head here to find out how to apply or if you’ve got a question about RE:SET or action learning. Find your answer