Our approach

As a group who are interested in discussing and learning about sensitive issues that can push us to go outside of our comfort zones we are mindful of our group process and making sure we look out for each other. With this in mind we did a facilitated activity to explore what we want from the learning group and what we need to be in place to make sure our needs are met. Whilst this is a work in progress and will change over time this is a short summary of our approach. This will be revisited at the start of each meet-up and help us to guide the conversations that we have that day.

Our motivations

  • To gain the skills to do the work
  • To find/create/transform community
  • Learn about what has been done before
  • To create/be in a space that feels safe to do this work
  • To create/be in a reflective space to examine past experiences (including what did and did not work in responding to harm)

Harm within the learning group could look like: the use of oppressive/discriminatory language, mocking, shaming, patronising, making people wrong, people dominating the discussion and space, use of aggression and violence, and pushing people to talk about something they’re not comfortable with.

We recognise harm as a collective issue and will explore options to address harm as it arises in the learning group

How we do this work

  • We look after our own needs so we can show up for the group
  • We check in with each other
  • We understand that all contributions are of equal value
  • We practice accessibility by explaining terms and jargon
  • We hold each other accountable with care
  • We are mindful of verbalising our own boundaries
  • We are kind to ourselves when reflecting critically
  • We actively share resources in the group
  • We practice what we learn in our own lives
  • We recognise that we are in different points in a (non-linear) learning process
  • We commit to learning facilitation skills and increasing our capacity to hold space for each other

NB underlined terms indicate that these have been identified as contentious and are in a process of unpacking for us