The low down…
“What action learning provided was a real anchor, something to focus on. It gave me much more of a sense of purpose at a time when I was feeling a bit lost professionally, and therefore personally. It gave me a real peer to peer support network.”
If you’re looking for a more regular action learning ‘fix’ then one of our weekly action learning sets could be just right for you. Over the past few months they’ve proved to be a great way for people to create structure in their week.
This time around our weekly sets will meet for 8 consecutive weeks, on either a Wednesday or Friday afternoon, starting late March and running till mid-May.
Along the way Fiona and Steve (who’ll each be facilitating one set) will support you to develop the skills and confidence to facilitate action learning set conversations, and help you to build new listening and reflection skills. Across the 8 weeks, we hope you’ll gain a whole load of new insights about your work and career, be brimming with new ideas and have found a go to bunch of peers you can totally trust to help you make good decisions.
Already sold on the idea?! You can apply HERE.
So what will we actually do?
If you join one of our weekly ‘sets’ you’ll meet together once a week for 3 hours. Steve’s set will meet on Wednesday afternoons (2-5pm) and Fiona’s set on Friday afternoons (again 2-5pm). We know that 3 hours is a long time on Zoom, but don’t worry, we build in lots of breaks to top up on fresh air, tea and biscuits!
Over those 8 weeks, everyone in each set will get the chance to ‘facilitate’ a conversation and to ‘present’ (which is what we call it when you bring to the group something you’d like to explore). We’ll generally have 2 group conversations each time we meet, plus spend some time checking in with each other and reviewing how we’re working as a set.
If you’re still a bit worried you don’t really ‘get’ what action learning is, please don’t worry! That’s nearly always the case when people start.
In our first session together we’ll all get to know each other and get inside the principles of action learning, and then we’ll get straight into our first action learning ‘conversation’, which either Fiona or Steve will facilitate. We hope you’ll leave our first session together having met some great people, and with your head full of inspiration and ideas!
In our final session together, we’ll take you through how to create your own action learning set. That’s because we really hope that you’ll be so inspired by action learning that you’ll decide to create your own action learning set for your own peers and friends.
What will I get from being in a weekly set?
These sets are perfect if you’re looking for a regular weekly check in, or something that adds a bit of structure to your week.
Over the course of your 8 weeks together, you’ll get inside how action learning works and understand how valuable it can be, present about your own challenges, opportunities and dilemmas, help your fellow set members unlock their own new insights, and learn how to become an action learning facilitator yourself. Through taking part you’ll gain…
- New insights and solutions to guide you through this period of massive change
- 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, and help others in the same way
What are the dates? And how much will it cost?
We’re running two weekly sets, on the following dates. Please note, to join a set you need to be able to come to ALL of the set meetings.
Weekly set #1 (Wednesdays, 2-5pm):
24 & 31 March; 7, 14, 21, 28 April; 5 & 12 May
Weekly set #2 (Fridays, 2-5pm):
26 March; 9, 16, 23, 30 April; 7, 14, 21 May (no session on Good Friday)
And in terms of cost, it’s all entirely free, as RE:SET is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. All we ask is that you commit to taking part in all of your ‘set’ meetings, so that you and your fellow members get the most from the experience, and that – if you decide action learning is for you – you’ll have a go at setting up your own follow on set afterwards.
The deadline to apply is 28 February, and here’s how you apply
We hope this has inspired to join a set!
To apply, all you need to do is tell us a bit about you and which set(s) you’re interested in joining, using this really simple APPLICATION FORM.
It’ll take about 5-10 minutes tops, and should be easy to do. Any questions, do get in touch though: [email protected]
Weekly set not quite right for you? Check out our other sets…
Want to meet less frequently? Check out our fortnightly sets HERE.
Want to know what Edition#1 RE:SETTERS think? Watch our participant video HERE.
Got a question? Check out our FAQs HERE.
Head back to the main RE:SET page.