Communicate: to listen, synthesise, summarise, exchange, dialogue, promote, argue, express, campaign, persuade, respond, reply
This Virtual Residential focuses on Communications for a diffuse, disrupted era. What do you say and why? How do you say it? How do you build a campaign? What tools are the best to use, and in what context? How do you build a compelling story? Why is that important? How do you communicate well with others? Are the assumptions you hold about how and why you communicate the best sort? (Spoiler: they might not be).
Communication and disruption here refers to a dialogic tradition - where we learn and evaluate what we know through a process of engaging with other minds, other ideas, other ways of being. Our operating framework is that getting better at what and how we communicate is critical for changing situations, building relationships, and addressing challenges. We’re also persuaded that communicating well with ourself, others and the world is a set of mindsets and skills that can be learned.
This 2-day residential invites you to deep-dive into communication - styles, techniques, tools, platforms - to help you find more effective and better paths for what you’re attempting to do: succeed in exams, convince people to back your ideas, land a job, lead a committee, launch an initiative, build a movement for social change.
Teachers for the residential include Johnnie Moore of Unhurried Conversations, social media & digital comms expert Sookio, award-winning author, journalist & CEO of Creative Warehouse Simon Hall, student leader & activist and co-director of UniArk Shukria Rezaei , Cordelia Brown, alumna of Homerton College and Internal Communications Officer at the Univ of Cambridge,, Dr Millicent Stone, co-founder of iOWNA , a healthcare app & a dynamic podcaster and Changemakers’ Director Dr Alison Wood.
As always, Changemakers doesn’t promise answers but instead works to challenge your thinking, assumptions and questions. You’ll get to do this via hands-on experience and access to experienced coaches and guest teachers.
HOW IT WORKS
During this residential you’ll encounter intense teaching sessions; small and large group discussions; your own coaching circle; panel conversations; focused self-reflection; extensive online resources and references; and opportunities to meet with first-rate guest teachers: business leaders, scholars, coaches, and innovators. You’ll also have access to a suite of Changemaker online materials and chat channel, available for the rest of the calendar year. The programme will be taught via Zoom and Teams.
* Pre-sessional work and virtual introductions opens on the week of 15th November including meeting your coaching circles. You’ll be asked to arrange a 70 minute session with your coaching circle between 25 Nov and 1 Dec. Please make sure you have a couple of windows in there in which to meet.
Both days will run:
- 10 am-1 pm online
- 1-4 pm primarily offline to read materials and articles (with 70 minute coaching circle tba amongst your group members)
- 4-5.30pm online
- with an evening session 7.30-9.30 pm on 2 Dec
Join a select group of fellow Homerton students, world-class programme teachers, mentors and coaches for a 2-day deep-dive into your own leadership capacity.
HOW TO APPLY
The residential is open to all students at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, and recent leavers (<5yrs). Applications include a 150 word (3-5 line) statement about why you want to participate and what you hope to learn from the programme. *(f you've attended a previous virtual residential no 150 word statement is required - please note this on the application form)
Applications due: 10th Nov, 5pm
Notifications: the week of 15th Nov
A note on your involvement
The programme is intentionally intensive and immersive, designed to maximise the depth of experience and the insights you will gain. We ask that you commit to participating fully during the two days, and the pre-session Coaching Circle Group meeting the week before.
Not all of the work will be online - and there will be breaks! - but the benefits you gain will be truly concomitant with what you put in. Please keep this in mind.
During the residential you will be asked to complete a journal (either video, visual, text or combination of the above) during the two-days. There will also be a daily reflection to engage with around the sessions.
You will need access to a computer, stable wifi or phone connection, and ideally somewhere that is sufficiently quiet so you can concentrate on sometimes personal matters. If equipment and/or space is likely to be problematic, please get in touch with us.