‘Open Space’ ideas
We use innovative, participatory and democratic engagement techniques, consistent with ‘Open Space’ technologies and methods, to get people involved in what we do. They encourage open communication, allow all voices to be heard, and focus on the issues that are most pressing for the group. We use these methods in our capacity building work, our facilitated meetings and workshops and also as a way of enhancing research and policy enquiries and discussions.
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While we know that individuals and groups have a ‘dark side’, we find the objectives of the technique known as ‘Appreciative Inquiry’– which focuses on generating positive emotion, hope and energy—is the better route towards growth and real change.
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Experiential and ‘andragogic’ learning
We emphasise andragogic (based on principles of self-directed, adult learning) rather than pedagogic (based on techniques of teacher-directed, information transfer) learning styles to communicate and build ideas. These focus on enhancing ‘adaptive’ skills, habits and perspectives (SHPs), including enhanced emotional intelligence, metacognition and macro-cognition skills and capacities.
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