Date and Time
Friday 19 November 2021 (13:00 - 15:45)
£60.00 (£75.00 non-members)
How might our organisations be transformed if marginalised voices were truly heard? This networking session will explore the power of listening: the potential of tuning in, deeply, to people with lived experience of oppression. Listening to understand, rather than to reply, and listening with courage and compassion through the uncomfortable truths, are hard skills indeed.
This online network delivered via Zoom will be led by Vanessa Boon (Chartered Member CIPD and Lead Difference-Maker/Founder MD, Energise). The session will consider innovative tools to disrupt hierarchies so that lesser-heard voices are amplified. Practical examples and case studies will be shared via a variety of inputs:
- Vanessa Boon will introduce the practice and benefits of ‘reverse mentoring’
- Aaron Denton (Director of Student Experience and Pastoral Support, Derby College Group (DCG)) will share his experience of the Human Library at DCG
- Dr Alison Scott (Lead Professional Development Advisor, Skills and Education Group) will describe the approach of The Listening Post, a recent research project that enabled a range of staff voices across the further education sector to be heard.
We know that collaboration is a powerful form of professional development, and our networks are designed to facilitate and encourage peer collaboration. Following inputs from our colleagues, there will also be time to exchange your own ideas and experiences with colleagues, ask questions, and gain support with the challenges you are navigating in the promotion of lesser-heard voices.
So, come and join us for this exciting network, to both share your own experiences and be inspired by new ideas and initiatives.
Vanessa (she/her) is a passionate advocate of EDI and an experienced EDI specialist trainer; she is also involved in community gift work including Hope not Hate, youth mentoring and various social justice projects.