Taking Meaningful Risks

A one day learning event for leaders, senior managers and policy makers.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller.

Without creative risk-taking there is no growth. The context has changed so radically that it is no longer possible to keep doing what we have always done. To find the solutions to our current challenges, we need to take risks – yet as professionals it sometimes feels that the culture of health and safety shackles us to the least exciting possibilities. Balancing those two realities is one of the dominant leadership challenges of our time – but what if the legislation & policies we love to hate were more safety harness than ball and chain? Or could it be that they’re not as far apart as we think?

How then do we create space within team and organisational cultures that enables people to take risks?

Bringing together learning from across the voluntary, private and health, social care and education sectors – and with an inspiring keynote speech from author and adventurer Nick Thorpe – this one day event will re-awaken and re-frame the duty we have to take risks. Expect to be inspired, challenged and re-motivated by practitioners who have embraced a purposeful risk culture – and to co-create new strategies for growth and learning alongside the clients we support.

The day will include a range of inter-active workshops and discussion spaces where we can think, learn and explore together actions we can take to help our organisations create a more meaningful risk taking culture.

Better by Design

Animate have been selected, in partnership with Research for Real, to act as a Learning Partner to the Young Foundation and Taylor Haig in the 2 year BIG funded project Better by Design, which will be supporting 15 voluntary organisations in Scotland to review their work using design principles. 

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Developing Your Organisation programme

Developing your organisation flyer

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Download Expression of Interest and Booking form here

We live in a time of continuous and increasingly complex change, and as leaders we need to be able to see our organisations with ‘new eyes’ to identify and respond to the emerging challenges. This programme takes managers and development workers in organisations through a supported journey, working on the ‘live’ development issues they identify. Participants work together, using an array of tools to identify and address leadership challenges, learning how to overcome resistance to change and to work creatively with complexity.

The 5 day programme runs from April 29th to August 19th 2013 comprising 3 short modules with coaching support in between. To get the best out of it, we encourage organisations to send 2 participants at management / development worker level to work together to develop and implement planned organisational change that comes out of the learning.

To enable this we have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland to help you access potential grants through the Flexible Training Opportunities Scheme, bringing the cost of the course to £500 for two places.

This programme has given senior staff the space to think, explore issues and come back with clarity and ideas for change and development.’ Clare MacGillivray, Manager of Edinburgh Tenants Federation.

‘This is an innovative and thought provoking course.  Gives you space and tools to get back in touch with why you do what you do.  You get to meet people from other organisations who are experiencing similar issues/ difficulties and anxieties as yourself.’

The course encourages you to look at a development/change from a wide variety of angles and perspectives.  In doing this, the development/change fluidly changes direction and prepares you for many eventualities in the implementation.’ ‘Excellent course that gives tools to help you to be confident in leadership to direct change.  Great peer learning opportunities.’ Janice Higgins, Development Officer, Glasgow Homeless Network.

Full details via GCVS – email or phone duncan@animateconsulting.org.uk 07786050893

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Ninewells Hospital Greenspace Study

Poster wins “cross-organisation working” prize at the Faculty of Public Health Conference, November 2012.

The poster is the latest award that this innovative project Ian and Jo have been working on over the past 3 years for Forestry Commission Scotland in collaboration with NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council, has won.

In 2010 we conducted a baseline study to find out how people felt about the external environment at the hospital, workplace stress, and what would help more people use the hospital grounds and Arboretum (woodland) for relaxation and exercise, and to recover from illness or injury.

This led to capital investment in environmental improvements to the hospital grounds and Arboretum which included: developing a network of graded paths, installing seating areas, tree thinning and planting, constructing raised beds to enable therapeutic gardening; and improving access routes through the hospital.

The repeat survey is currently underway to find out how the grounds are now being used….. Click on the poster for the full story!



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