I support organisations and communities to connect, collaborate, and co-create better systems.
We make space for honest conversations, reflect and learn together, look into power and privilege dynamics, make inclusive decisions, transform conflict, and find creative solutions. This might include…
- Facilitated workshops and group discussions
- Mediation and restorative circles for conflict resilience
- Co-designing systems to share power
- Making inclusive decisions
- Learning Nonviolent Communication
- Support to work through limiting beliefs
“Viv, I so loved your facilitation and the planning and timing and the sense of inclusion. openness and hope, which very much rested in your holding the group with such care.” – Workshop participant 2022
Recent projects include GM systems changers, GM Homelessness Action Network, Bury Elephants Trail, Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, Halifax Unity, SAWN, Opal Advocacy (Oldham), Todmorden Makery, St Augustine’s advocacy group, GM Transformation Lab, XR conflict transformation, NVC-UK conflict transformation, Street Support Network and Derbyshire off grid community.
Effective collaboration increases our capacity to respond to our most complex and important challenges, allowing new and creative ideas to emerge. Instead of struggling with capacity, burnout and ongoing conflicts, or falling back to hierarchical power, we explore ways to work together that are more effective, inclusive, restorative and enjoyable. As part of this we work to understand and dismantle systems of oppression including racism, and see where social constructs and systems increase harm and continue to make it really difficult (and painful) for some of us to fully participate and contribute.
Using tools like Deep Democracy (LDD), Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry, ULab, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Restorative Circles, Conflict Coaching, Convergent Facilitation and more, we co-design a process to meet the particular mission, needs and power dynamics of the group.
I also support groups and individuals to increase their awareness of systems of oppression and work through internalised beliefs around race and gender identity. For in depth work around this, I also recommend connecting with organisations like BRAP and Race Resilience.
If you are interested to explore how i might support your group or community, please get in touch.
*NEW*: We also create intentional spaces for radical acceptance and inclusion – moving beyond society’s stories of right and wrong to reconnect with our truth. This is deep and challenging work that we want to make accessible to all. To find out more or support this work, join us at asweare.info.