Community Philosophy Facilitator Training Courses

Next courses:

LEEDS: Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June 2016, ODI-Leeds, (09.30-16.30).
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CP Leeds course

Programme Outline (negotiated)
Online booking form
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See what previous participants say about the course, and what happened when they applied Community Philosophy in their own work.

Museum case study

Northern College Case Study

Community Philosophy empowers people in any context to be active citizens and to generate ideas at a grassroots level.

This is about thinking together in a non-confrontational and truly democratic way. Concepts are questioned. Power shifts, minds change and preconceptions are discarded. Relationships strengthen as people come to understand one another. This is because (unlike other meetings and discussions) Community Philosophy steadfastly focuses on process – not outcomes. That process is caring, collaborative, critical and creative. Together, people work out what really matters, what’s possible, and what they can do. It’s a rich, deeply rewarding experience.

Community Philosophy is therefore an authentic tool for anyone genuinely committed to:

• public engagement
• community involvement
• student voice
• partnership working
• service-user consultation
• staff / client feedback
• qualitative evaluation
• patient engagement
• multi-agency working
• tenant participation
• participatory research
• mutual learning

If you are serious about enabling people to voice what they really think, feel and want, then Community Philosophy is an exceptionally effective way to do so.

This two-day open-access course will equip you with all the skills you need to use this unique method in your own work.

You will:

  • understand the broad range of contexts in which CP can be used;
  • learn how to introduce a Community Philosophy approach;
  • find out how to plan, facilitate and evaluate your discussions;
  • get a toolbox of practical workshop activities;
  • discover techniques to support parity in discussions;
  • have time to reflect on your working practice;
  • connect with a network of like-minded practitioners.

About Graeme Tiffany

Community Philosophy pioneer Graeme Tiffany is an education consultant and associate research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). His PhD research is in the Philosophy of Education. Graeme is an experienced speaker and educator and enjoys consistently high praise for his enjoyable and thought-provoking Community Philosophy training. For details about the training course, please go to www.graemetiffany.co.uk.

“If you truly want to hear people’s views and find genuine solutions to organisational challenges, then Community Philosophy is a brilliant tool. Graeme was an incredible facilitator. I can’t recommend his training highly enough.” Keiko Higashi, Project Manager, Powell-Cotton Museum.

“What stands out for me is how this process has the power to bring people from all walks of life together and provide a level playing field. I saw the ‘usual suspects’ who speak a lot sit back and listen and other people step forward with their views.” Niki Taigel, Freelance Informal Learning & Community Engagement

Next courses:
Norwich 6-7 May 2016

Programme Outline (negotiated)
Online booking form
Terms and Conditions

Norwich CP course downloadable flyer
Leeds CP course downloadable flyer

See what a previous participant says about the course, and what happened when she applied Community Philosophy in her own work.

Museum case study

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