& Community Conversations
TeaTalks & Community Conversations
TeaTalks are a series of recorded and analysed conversations and debates (yes we will be filming and taking photos) that create actionable (doable) outcomes. The concept is to hold open debates that flow rather than setting formally structured interview questions. (Interviews are not much fun, like pulling teeth for everyone). This means that we really have no idea what will come out of the night wich in this structured society is a little free and exciting, right?.
Great but whats the point to all this?
Heres some Theory & Science.
Journal uses a creative approach to an Asset Based Community development Model to generate personal, interpersonal, community and social change from the Grassroots up, not the Top layers down.
Now here's what it really means without all that "language".
We are going to debate a few things such as;-
"What Matters Most to You and your community?"
Whats wrong and whats strong about your community?
what you would like to see, grow or change?
What you can do and what you would like to do?
What skills, tools, experiences and ideas have you got hiding away in there?
How can we can all work together to create some kind of meaningful change?
A conversation about putting the world to rights is so much fun.
The idea is this, people in their communities have all the resources and skills (assets) to effect change within themselves and their communities. Community Action is best driven by people from the ground up rather than the top down (Local Authorities, Large Charities and Other BigWigs). It is about not only being listened to, but deeply heard. It is not about taking away your ideas but rather putting all our ideas together. It is in short, about value and respect.
So, by the end of each TeaTalk workshop, I hope at the very least, you will have had a fun evening and feel personally enriched, connected and inspired. I also hope that you or your organisation, project of group has a wealth of new and exciting ideas on what and how to grow and change. Maybe we might come up with a project idea itself on the night, one that we can all work together to facilitate positive change. At the very least you will have taken part in community consultation unlike any other you may have been to.You will laugth, hear stories, debate, inspire and be inspired. You will discover assets you either didnt know you had or you will find the courage to bring them out into the light. You will definately have lots of cups of tea and just possible a few rounds of toast, I may even throw in a biscuite or two.
"It is not about taking away your ideas but rather putting all our ideas together."