Constellating Change

An inspirational learning & practice series exploring how you can internally organise for ambitious systems change.

7 months

fundamentals

Online

Why we're constellating

What organising patterns might support us to contribute to system change?

Part of our work at the School of System Change is to continuously probe, sense and respond into what learning needs we are observing in the field. What we are increasingly noticing is folks feeling a disconnect between what their ambitious system change initiatives plan to do and what they actually do - the gap between the 'what' and the 'how'.

This autumn 2023 we are launching Constellating Change: an inspirational learning & practice series supporting changemakers to understand how they can organise internally towards ambitious change.

Our aspiration is to bridge the void (for anyone organising for change - be that systems change practitioners and beyond) between what we intend to do in the world and how we internally and externally organise to progress our work effectively, inclusively and systemically.

What we're constellating

We're hosting six monthly online sessions (October 2023 - March 2024) where we will take a proactive and nuanced dive into the common entry points and stumbling blocks that seem to get in the way of aspiring and committed change initiatives.

Each entry point is orientated around those simple - yet difficult - everyday realities that too often inhibit us to move between planning, implementation and impact.

The series explores six entry points plus an additional free sensemaking and weaving session on Fri 19 April 2024 when we close, open to anybody that has participated in at least one of the six sessions.

The six sessions

1. Learning in relationship

How might we place relationships and learning at the heart of organising for change?

Join to go deeper into how we can embody the work we are trying to do in the world through tending to our relationships and how we can learn and grow together.

Date: Wed 4 October 2023
Time: 08:00 - 10:00 ET / 13:00 - 15:00 BST / 20:00 - 22:00 SGT
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Contributors

John Nkum

Founder and Executive Director at Nkum Associates; Executive Director at Organisation Development Centre-Ghana; Founding Member of Gestalt Africa; Member of Organisational Wellbeing Collective; Member of NTL; Member of IODA
Contributor

Since 1988, John has been an international consultant, trainer and process facilitator ...

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Jen Sandler

Member and co-founder at The STOKE Collective; Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Director at UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT)
Contributor

Jen has spent twenty-five years working and learning (as participant, engaged researche...

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2. Structures and rhythms

What forms and processes can support us to gather and organise?

Join to understand how we can breathe life into the structures and processes that we implement in our organisations so they may enable us to connect, learn and work together.

Date: Wed 15 November 2023
Time: 08:00 - 10:00 ET / 13:00 - 15:00 GMT / 21:00 - 23:00 SGT
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Contributors

Natalia Lombardo

Co-founder & Collaboration Coach at TheHum.org
Contributor

Born in Argentina, Natalia is now based in Europe. Her background is in community devel...

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Emily Bazalgette

Regenerative organisational designer and coach; Chronic illness advocate
Contributor

Emily helps purpose-driven people and teams to be intentional about how they work and d...

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3. Power and decision making

How can power and decision making flow healthily?

Join to explore how we navigate power dynamics in a healthy way as we unpack the realities of decision making methods that sound great in theory but too often disappoint us in practice as they become enmeshed in the realities of feeling agency and taking accountability.

Date: Wed 13 December 2023
Time: 08:00 - 10:00 ET / 13:00 - 15:00 GMT / 21:00 - 23:00 SGT
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Contributors

Sarah McAdam

Mentor, co-designer and collaborator; Member of the Transformational Governance Collective; Healthy Human Culture facilitator; Transition Hubs Heart Circle member
Contributor

Sarah spent the first part of her career in large UK public sector institutions working...

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Yves Abanda

Shared Governance Coach, International relations development and Internal Cohesion at Université du Nous
Contributor

Yves was raised in a Western-European and Central African mix of cultures, full of cont...

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4. Transforming conflict

How can we work with conflict and difference as a source of transformation in our change work?

Join to learn how to leverage difference as an enabler in our organising work through productively working with the tensions, polarities and creating systems of restoration that support collaboration.

Date: Wed 31 January 2024
Time: 08:00 - 10:00 ET / 13:00 - 15:00 GMT / 21:00 - 23:00 SGT
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Contributors

Kazu Haga

Nonviolence and Restorative Justice trainer & practitioner; Author of 'Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm'
Contributor

Kazu Haga a trainer and practitioner of nonviolence and restorative justice, is a core ...

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Leonie Smith

Organisational development consultant, trainer, coach and mediator (sharing non-violent principles for people-centred communities, groups and organisations)
Contributor

Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage. She is founder of (li...

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5. Resources and money

How should we best relate to and organise around where and how our resources and money flow?

Join to work with these powerful forces in organisational life to unlock change by creating equitable approaches of distribution and healthy value exchanges.

Date: Wed 28 February 2024
Time: 08:00 - 10:00 ET / 13:00 - 15:00 GMT / 21:00 - 23:00 SGT
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Contributors

Francesca Pick

Collaboration catalyst, facilitator and organization designer; Founding Partner at Greaterthan Collective
Contributor

Francesca trains, facilitates, and consults with organizations and teams on participato...

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Zahra Davidson

Co-founder and Chief Exec at Huddlecraft; Strategic adviser to Money Movers; Transformational Governance Collective member
Contributor

Zahra is co-founder and Chief Exec of (link: https://www.huddlecraft.com/ text: Huddlec...

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6. Roles and contributions

What are the different roles and approaches needed in change?

Join to develop an understanding how we can harness the different ways people can contribute to our change work through embracing the variety of roles we can each play over time.

Date: Wed 27 March 2024
Time: 09:00-11:00 ET / 13:00-15:00 GMT / 21:00-23:00 SGT
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Contributors

Samantha Slade

Co-director at Percolab Coop; strategist, facilitator, practitioner - collective governance and participatory leadership
Contributor

Samantha is a social and conscious entrepreneur, author of *(link: https://www.penguinr...

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Siana Bangura

Learn more

The closing sensemaking and weaving session will take place on Fri 19 April 2024 (13:00-15:00 BST) and is open to anybody that has participated in at least one of the six sessions. Participants will receive an invitation to this session nearer the time.

Please note all Constellating Change sessions will be recorded to be accessed by attendees, and potentially shared publicly in future.

How we're constellating

This series is a ‘choose your own path’ learning experience which means you can join the whole journey or choose to participate in the sessions that feel most relevant and alive to you.


We will convene once per month for two hours. Each session will include:

  • Framing and an introduction to the session topic
  • Inspiration, dialogue and applied learning opportunities with experienced guest contributors
  • Space to reflect with peers on how the topic relates to your different contexts and experiences
  • An invitation to develop your next micro or macro experiment or practical application of this topic in your context

Who is constellating

Is this series for me?

The Constellating Change Series is for people that have clarity about the systems-shifting impact you're looking to create but are feeling less clarity about the route.

It is for any person, team, organisation, collaboration or network that is interested in how your organising efforts can contribute to the systemic positive change you are wishing to have in the world. It is designed both for those of you that are designing organisational systems or are in the throes of day-to-day delivery and have a sense something needs to shift about how you're organising.

Contributors

In each session, the hosting team will be joined by experienced guest contributors who will bring in personal anecdotes, stories, and ‘how to’ practical routes for engaging with the topic being explored. Contributors for each session will be announced on an ongoing basis as we weave the learning journey together, so watch this space.

Hosting team

Sean Andrew

Learning and Practice Partner Lead at the School of System Change
Facilitator, Enabling Team

Sean is brought into his work through the potential of dialogue to unearth ways of bein...

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Anna Birney

CEO (Chief Enabling/Evolving Officer) at the School of System Change
Enabling Team

Anna is passionate about designing and facilitating systems change programmes that supp...

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Louise Armstrong

Process doula, freelance systems change designer, facilitator and coach
Facilitator

Louise enables and supports those committed to living change. She plays multiple roles:...

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Enrol

This series is a ‘choose your own path’ learning experience which means you can join the whole journey (and access all session recordings) at a discounted price or choose to participate in the sessions that feel most relevant and alive to you.

Course fees

The fee for this series is offered on a sliding scale. Please select the option that is most appropriate for you, depending on what you can afford. Course fees are per one individual, not one team or organisation.

For the full series

  • Regenerative: £400 GBP
  • Supporter: £300 GBP
  • Supported: £200 GBP

For individual sessions

  • Regenerative: £100 GBP
  • Supporter: £75 GBP
  • Supported: £50 GBP

For School alumni, we are delighted to offer a 20% discount for the full Constellating Change series or individual sessions. This discount is available for changemakers who have completed one of our School courses (Basecamp, Delta, Spark, and Investors in Change series). Please use the promo code SCHOOLALUM and share the course you completed when making your payment.

VAT does not apply.

No refunds are available for the Constellating Change series, however you can transfer your ticket to another individual to join. Email the School team at [email protected] if you have any questions about this.

Learn more

Our aspiration is to bridge the gap with systems change practitioners between what we intend to do in the world externally and how we organise to do it internally. For more information, check out our recent article on Constellating change: Exploring patterns of organising.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Constellating Change learning & practice series please contact the School team at [email protected].

If you would like to discuss additional coaching or a Learning & Practice Partnership to support your learning, get in touch with Sean at [email protected].

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Equity & diversity

We seek to create safe and brave spaces for participants from different backgrounds and lived experience to engage in learning together. We acknowledge the power and responsibility we hold in our role as a convenor and learning provider, placing multiple ways of knowing and awareness of difference as fundamental design principles in our programmes.

Read more about our commitment and journey around equity and difference.

Accessibility

If you will need additional support for your wellbeing or access needs, then please let us know as soon as possible, so we can factor this into our session design. You can let us know when you enrol or email us at [email protected] - we are happy to arrange a call to discuss how we can support your learning. A member of the School team will be on hand throughout the sessions if you have any questions or concerns to raise.