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Building community health – through systems convening and supporting staff self-awareness (5pm London time)

Learn about the role of Systems Convening in a pioneering community health project in Yorkshire - which used Mindfulness and more to support changes in behaviour and awareness.

14 Oct 2021
17:00 – 18:00



Following on from the book launch of ‘Systems Convening – a crucial form of leadership for the 21st century‘, we’re bringing to Q a series of follow-up Zooms delving deeper into the case studies featured in the book.

This first one features Q member Esther Hall, who will share her work on a Sport England-funded community health development programme in Withernsea, Yorkshire, that used a Mindfulness/adult development programme to help staff be more self-aware, hold more complex views of the world, hear past their own agendas, especially in a community setting. All the things that one would associate with waking up to our later stages of adult development. (Is this the ‘inner journey’ of systems convener?).

Esther ran a programme developed by University of Aberystwyth Mindfulness researcher Dr Rachel Lilley to help with this inner shift. She will share details about the real impact it created, and the interesting dynamics that emerged.

Esther will also highlight the role of ‘Systems Convening’ in the project – and we hope to be able to briefly compare her experience with the ‘Systems Convening’ efforts in another Sport England-funded pilot project in the same series (in Greater Manchester).

This one hour Zoom will explore:
1) Why we brought adult development into this community development project
2) Participant discussion: an opportunity to discuss our experience around building staff self-awareness
3) Dr Lilley’s programme and and the effects it generated in participants
4) Changes to the project resulting from Covid

Esther is the convener of the Q group Closing the gap: developing improvers for a complex world.

Watch the recording

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