So we had the idea ages ago to bring an 8 shields/art of mentoring workshop to Frome - and especially to Elderventure (a group in Frome exploring what it means to be an elder in these times). I thought it would be really helpful for those running Elderventure to see how something could be held in a very collaborative way and also deepen the connections we had with one another. The idea of Elderventure is to become completely collaborative, although this is often hard to put into practice for various reasons, especially since we don't have many examples of collaboratively run projects, normally more of a top down leadership model.
I remember when i first experienced the art of mentoring, there were 8 people leading the group, not one more in charge than the other, all with different focuses. I never knew who to look to as to what was happening next, it was really hard to pin down my expectations of a leader onto anyone in particular. For me this was an inspiring and liberating experience.
The 8 Shields (from which art of mentoring has emerged in the UK) has the elder as an equal part of it's wheel to all other ages and is seen as an incredibly important part of the cycle of life.
So a lot of planning and quite a lot of stressful organising later, I had set day up! It was great. A really beautiful, simple, easeful and connecting day, so nice to get to know some people in Frome that I hadn't known so well before. There were 5 of us running the day.
I have had a lot of great feedback since, from individual conversions with people.
I was asked by Beth Prince, the Community Engagement Officer from Somerset Waste Partnership, to do a 15 minute presentation on the community fridge in Frome. Unfortunately I couldn't make it down to Dorset for the presentation, so it took place over skype. Below are my notes.
This is a place for me to collect and show explorations, observations and creations. Doing this helps me to reflect and remember all of the amazing things is have been a part of. Some of this work is very personal, some purely observational, some practical things i don't want to forget.