COLLABORATIVE LEARNING FOR REAL CHANGE
Shadowing and engagement with innovative charities & social sector organisations
Cohort co-learning for policy and social sector participants, engaging on real-life projects
Bespoke programmes or co-design events, designed to suit your learning goals
Our in-person programmes are carried out in partnership with social sector organisations and charities. We have developed 1 and 3 day intensive programmes, and are grateful to have worked with:
We have taken the decision not to run any in-person programmes prior to spring 2021. We will re-evaluate our future plans in December 2020.
Join our online hands-on practical programme exploring human-centred design, systems thinking, and co-design, building collective insights and practical problem solving tools for solving complex challenges.
Building on our successful in person programmes, we are now running Telescope 'Connect', a 6-week online peer-learning programme to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in collaborative problem solving and to build and test real solutions.
Connect programme details
Duration: 6 weeks (6 x 2 hour sessions)
Participants: People working in front-line social sector, central and local government, charities, and social enterprises
Max. class size: 10
Cost: Sliding scale £350-£650
Scholarships and discounts: available for every course, please contact us
Who should attend?
This programme will be highly valuable for people working in frontline social or government systems who are wanting to affect positive social change. You may be looking for practical and pragmatic tools for effective social change that you can share with your organisations.
What's on the agenda?
Introducing human-centred design - understanding different perspectives
Introducing systems mapping - mapping agents and systems
Defining systems challenges - understanding the bigger picture
System experiments - building solutions
Trialling ideas and prototypes - developing real projects
Delivering lasting change - evaluating impact
What are the learning outcomes?
Together, we will build:
Learn with, and from, people working on your social issue. Work in pairs and small cohorts, developing active listening skills
Learn tools to support you to investigate and problem-solve your key challenges, including systems thinking and design thinking
Build lasting networks with policy-makers, social sector workers and social innovators by co-designing informed interventions for positive social change
What support will I get?
You will be in a group of no more than 10 people, or paired directly with a relevant partner. Each group will be facilitated by Telescope's co-founders. You will have the opportunity to learn in pairs and small groups in a cohort that has been curated to ensure collaboration between front-line organisations and policy-makers.
You will receive practice exercises to bring content to life, a workbook of learning materials and exercises and dedicated Q&A time during and after sessions. Follow-on 1:1 support will also be available for projects developed through the programme.
Here's what a participant said about our Justice programme (May-June 2020):
“CONNECT is about inspiring people to be together in making decisions. I’m proud of myself for giving other probation officers a voice. Policy-makers can learn from us frontline staff, and we can learn from policy-makers. I didn’t know how to go about making change, but it seems clear now… it doesn’t need to be perfect, we just have to make the first small steps.”
Sarah, Probation worker
Connect programme participant summer 2020
Our upcoming programmes include:
HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING - CONFIRMED
starting September 2020 * 5 spaces left *
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
We are committed to providing our programmes as equitably as possible. We offer a sliding scale model for fees, which helps ensure participants from diverse economic and organisational backgrounds, including those with lived experience gain equal access to our programmes. Pricing is scaled according to organisational income.
Tier One: £650 — This level is appropriate for participants coming from well-resourced organisations with allocated funds for professional development, such as central government and non-profit foundations.
Tier Two: £450 — This level is best suited for participants from small-mid-sized organisations that have allocated funds toward professional development.
Tier Three: £350 — This level is best suited for participants in organisations with limited or no professional development budgets, for example those working on the frontline in the social sector.
We are committed to ensuring our programmes are accessible to a wide variety of people - we offer scholarships for participants from every tier.
Please contact us:
If you're uncertain which is the most appropriate tier for you, please get in touch with us to discuss.
We are committed to building connections and sparking creative problem-solving.
We have experience:
leading in-person and online co-design workshops for small and large groups;
facilitating seminars, workshops and learning programmes focusing on social issues such as homelessness, criminal justice, educational equality, and the environment;
developing and facilitating shadowing programmes;
running consultation projects including interviews and ethnographic research, enabling people with lived experience to share their views on service improvements in a supportive environment;
developing learning programmes for social and policy sector organisations.