Virtual Cuppa – information sessions

Hello, welcome and we hope that you are well!

Coronavirus has pretty much stopped the world in it’s tracks.  But at MutualGain, we think that this period of self isolation and social distancing still gives us the opportunity to learn and share ideas about subjects that are close to our hearts or in which we have an interest.

So, throughout this period you will be able to watch and listen to our colleagues at MutualGain and other valued friends  and join in with a broad range of conversations.

All you have to do is to click on the title box below and register via the EventBrite link, so we know how many virtual cups of tea we have to make.  You will then get an email that will give the link to join in the conversation.

We hope that you will enjoy each session.  And, if you have an idea for a session of your own, then get in touch via info@mutualgain.org.

Also – you can sign up for our newsletter via the link at the bottom of this pagehttps://www.mutualgain.org

A “Virtual Cuppa”  Angela Fell, a Wigan citizen, sharing stories and insights from her personal experience of the Wigan Deal & the Life Program.

Angela wants to have a chat about her experience as a Wigan citizen who also happened to work for the Council for a sixth of her life between 2008-2016. She was there when the Wigan Deal was created. During this time Angela tested Hilary Cottam’s relational welfare ideas with families in a community where she spent her early years living and her teenage years getting up to mischief in.

Angela loves her town and comes in peace, sharing stories about what she loved, treasured and learned with the honesty and authenticity that can be found in the DNA of a Wiganer.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/8JSjx-VbS8U 

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Dr Mark Kergrow.

 As we look to the post-COVID build back, it will be important to build on the micro-local communities and connections which have emerged on a street-by-street level during the pandemic. Dr Mark McKergow proposes that the next level up from streets – the ‘Village In The City’ – could be a key focus. Building and expanding village-level connections can lead to more inclusive local communities (cross-demographic and cross-generational), build local identity and mutual support, and help citizens become more purposefully connected. It is also a counterbalance to the globally connected world; we can talk to almost anyone, AND that makes it even more important that we talk to our neighbours too.

Mark has published the Village In The City manifesto to draw attention to the possibilities and to set out his view of what enables a functioning ‘village’. On this call he will speak about the manifesto, a little about the importance of host leadership in villages, and eagerly seek your input, ideas and questions.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa vis this link – https://youtu.be/l2qgFU66-SE

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Jenny Oklikah.

Jenny knows these issues can be challenging and believes that honest and open conversations undertaken with compassion are essential to greater understanding and change for the better. Jenny invites colleagues to bring some of the difficult questions and issues they have faced to this cuppa, and invites us to grow together for positive good. Bring your thoughtfulness and dialogue to the session to ensure we can all learn together.

More About Jenny: she is a former MutualGain Associate and lead for Community Coaching. Her interest in race is both personal and professional. Growing up and 70s and 80s with mixed race heritage, she is very aware of the reality of racism. At university, her undergraduate dissertation was on anti-racist education policies and after her studies she worked with Bernie Grant MP. Her career has been in central and local government, and the voluntary sector. Jenny is currently Chief Executive of Fight for Peace, which works internationally to create peaceful and inclusive communities. She is also a group leader with the DrivenWoman Network. Jenny will be speaking in a personal capacity and welcomes this necessary conversation and looks forward to hearing others’ points of view.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/2vNLS-eV9X4

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Susan Ritchie and Dr Andrew Fisher.

Susan first learned about Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the late 1990s. SInce then she has been an active advocate of the technique to improve the way we make decisions about the use of public money.

Andrew is a former police officer and found PB when he joined MutualGain. Since then he has led more PB processes in policing for MutualGain than any other organisation, tapping into the social capital within communities.

We invite anyone new to the idea of PB to join this cuppa and ask as many questions as you like – especially the difficult ones! No knowledge required to listen and ask! But if you have knowledge do come and share and contribute. Open discussion for all to learn!

This event is FREE and will take place at 3.30pm on Wednesday 1st July

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/0v83yZFt1OA

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Brian Roberts

MutualGain has been training people to deliver world cafes and facilitating world cafes for over ten years.  We have delivered hundreds on a variety of topics from serious youth violence to strengthening community trust.  Brian delivers the post world cafe support for our clients and Covid19 has moved that support from offline to online.  He teaches the 6 steps to Coding and Analysis that forms part of the Level 3 and Level 4 Award in Building Social Capital too.  He wants to talk about his different experiences of on and offline delivery.  Maybe you can share your learning too?

You can view this  Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/iBCgUxhdONA

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Garry Shewan.

MutualGain has been training people to deliver world cafes and facilitating world cafes for over ten years.  We have delivered hundreds on a variety of topics from serious youth violence to strengthening community trust.  At this cuppa Garry will invite you to share some reflections on why this technique seems to be so popular and the role it might play in defining a new future.

You can access for Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/29z-IbJ6YKY

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Professor Donna Hall.

Description: Professor Donna Hall wants to have a chat about the role of local neighbourhoods and communities. She thinks we should all be talking about this as central government outsources track and trace, and puts plans in place to remove planning powers from local government. She is a passionate believer that community voice and local context should inform social policy and strategies: she wants to use this hour to pose some challenges that she sees on the horizon and listen to your thoughts and reactions. Please join us for what will be a really interesting cuppa.

You can view for this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/Ka2XdRYGF2g

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Phillip Crawley (Lancashire Police).

I have been a restorative justice practitioner for 8 years now and in that time I have run a wide range of meetings between offenders and victims. These range from one were a victim met the offender who had raped her 10 years previously, a family who met the man who had stabbed and killed their son and a lady who met the 2 young men who killed her son in a fight. I will briefly relay these powerful stories and how their RJ experience answered their questions and helped them gain closure and so helped them to take the next steps forward.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/XD43D1z7M8w

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Marina Cantacuzino from the Forgiveness Project.

Storytelling is big business in the corporate and voluntary sector. It spins news, hardening prejudice as well as opening hearts.  The forgiveness project has captured many stories and changed lives – check them out here: https://www.theforgivenessproject.com

You can access this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/UUkqJEmg8no

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Tracey Morgan (stalking survivor and campaigner) and Dave Thomason (Cheshire Threat Management Unit).

Tracey will share her learning about myths, facts and solutions to address stalking. She will be accompanied by Dave Thomason who is one of the country’s lead stalking experts based in Cheshire. If you want to learn more about stalking or have been affected by stalking please do join us for a #VirtualCuppa

You can access this film  via this link – https://youtu.be/ggHOqJMkAtI

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Colin Heyman and Deb Cohen.

There are so many aspects to Judaism, and many different ways of being Jewish. Deb and Colin will speak for a brief time about what being Jewish means to us, but the rest of the session will be for you to ask questions about anything connected with Judaism, from the religion to history to the culture to anti-Semitism.

You can access this film via this link – https://youtu.be/Zqq4AhMMbIk

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Colin Heyman.

Organisations are always in the middle of change programmes these days, usually top down change, and often in my view with limited success, particularly at the most important level of changing the culture of the organisation and how people are treated (both employees and customers/service users). This session will look at a model of change from the bottom up – ‘Viral Change’ – by Leandro Herrero, and explore how it can be used to bring about change in organisations (with reference to my experience of running Diversity Champions schemes), and communities. Perhaps it can even help our country change and not go back to ‘normal’ after covid-19?

You can access this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/WxgZD7c0vz8

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Garry Shewan QPM.

It is one of those festivals that people are poised to purchased tickets as they are released: if you don’t get them on the hour they are released you can rarely get them! So what is it about Glastonbury that keeps people returning year on year? Garry shares a short history of the festival with us from a personal perspective. Get your beer in hand for this evening chat that’s sure to amuse!

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Michael Keating.

Michael Keating has a passion for classical music and community empowerment. In this session he wants to explore the connection between the two. Join him for a #virtualcuppa and bring your own thoughts on connecting music with communities.

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Sir Kevan Collins

Sir Kevan Collins is the Chair of the Youth Endowment Foundation. He was previously Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation and CEO at London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In this #VirtualCuppa he is keen to talk about the Youth Endowment Foundation and its mission to reduce the number of young people (10 -14 year olds ) becoming involved in crime. The YEF has been awarded £200 million by the Home Office to invest in and evaluate a broad range of programmes to test what works and scale up promising approaches. We have been operating for 8 months and have allocated approximately 12M to support 24 organisations. We have a call for proposals open looking for approaches that can support vulnerable and at risk young people in during COVID and with social distancing. Please join us for a cuppa and a chat about preventing 10 – 14 year olds becoming involved in crime.

This Virtual Cuppa can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/xDxiUGoxJRk

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Tom Attlee.

Tom Atlee talks about his experience on the 1986 Great Peace March across the US. After it went bankrupt in the Mojave Desert, 800 marchers went home and 400 re-started with no top-down leadership and few resources. Nine months later they arrived in DC with 1200 people. This amazing story changed thousands of lives, including Tom’s.

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Peter Woolf

Peter Woolf was one of the first prisoners to participate in a Restorative Justice programme. It changed his life for the better and he never committed a crime again, after 18 years of being a career criminal. You can hear from him directly in this Virtual Cuppa. Could his story help you?

He’ll discuss what Restorative Justice is and how could you learn more to change the way we deal with crime in your area.   This #virtualcuppa is for communities to learn more about the approach from someone who has changed as a result. It is for local people to ask questions and think about what it would mean for their friends, family and wider community.

Click on this link to view this cuppa – https://youtu.be/PA-YiOVUje0

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Tom Attlee.

Tom Atlee, founder of this project and the Co-Intelligence Institute, will describe his vision-driven research into our capacity to generate wise collective sense and solutions together, not just in groups but in whole communities and societies. He’ll share some basic theory and then introduce us to his “pattern language” for designing activities and systems to generate powerful participatory wisdom.

He will invite friends to engage in conversation that will be heady and theoretical at times – whilst you do not need to be an academic to engage with the #cuppa we thought it worth highlighting that it might go that way before you register – it may get deep! 🙂

 

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Joshua Malkin.

How the world will look after Covid19 is unknown to us all. Joshua Malkin isinterested in developing a new political frame that could be based on Mutualism. He would like this new ‘ism’ to go beyond the traditional centre, right & left of our politics, and would like to work with freinds to scope any potential collaborations with the charity he works for called the Network of Wellbeing

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/VlAmTFWDdYQ

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Gary Shewan QPM.

Garry Shewan was a senior officer in policing for 30 years. He found himself interested in policing through the lens of sociology. Today he will share with us whether he thought that was a help or a hindrance in trying to reshape the world of justice.

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Bethan West.

Bethan is interested in hosting a cuppa with a variey of people who might be thinkhg about what the transition from lockdown could mean in terms of risk management. She works with young people affected by violence and has a passion to hear from others on what she should be thinking about as she plans for the future.

She will open the session with a short background to the purpose of the cuppa and hand over to the energy in the group to co create a potential risk plan that could be shared with everyone after the call.

Please come along if you are worried about young people and want to help shape a posistive transition.

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Shiraz Kothia.

Shiraz Kothia is an Imam based in London. He will open this session with an overview of how Covid19 has impacted on the muslim community. The remainder of the session will go wherever the group would like to take it. It is an opportunity to ask questions about Islam more generally or more specifically about Covid19.

The Muslim community is in the period of Ramadam at the moment so you may prefer not to bring your cuppa to this one! Your presence will be more than enough!

This event is FREE and will take place at 4pm on Thursday 14th May 2020

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Soo Brizell and Garry Shewan QPM.

Soo Brizell and Garry Shewan continue the conversation on Restorative Justice that was started on a previous #VirtualCuppa. In this session they want to tease out the challenges of delivering RJ and how they can be addressed to strengthen the PostCovid world of criminal justice.

Whilst this is a cuppa with all its informality the session is well suited to those working or participating in RJ processes, and who would like to see a greater role for RJ in the future

You can access this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/KaIYYilWpRo

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Liam Mahon.

Soo Brizell and Garry Shewan continue the conversation on Restorative Justice that was started on a previous #VirtualCuppa. In this session they want to tease out the challenges of delivering RJ and how they can be addressed to strengthen the PostCovid world of criminal justice.

Whilst this is a cuppa with all its informality the session is well suited to those working or participating in RJ processes, and who would like to see a greater role for RJ in the future

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Martha Cuffy.

Martha spent a year on retreat in India: in this session she will share her reflections with us and think about what learning from there can help us with dealing with Covid19. It will be fascinating way to spend your bank holiday Friday evening over a cuppa or a glass of wine.

This event can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/lDsIA4I3-lQ

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Neil Nerva.

As the title says I think there is a lot more to trains than trainspotting. In this talk I will cover a variety of ways in which trains can tell us more about:

  • Britain’s imperial past
  • Social connectivity
  • Markets
  • British decision taking

Please join me for a an insight into the learning that trains can give us.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/UcoiNYd2WOI

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Anna Geyer.

Let’s spend a bit of time thinking about why visual minutes work for so many people on so many levels. And while we’re at it lets have a go at practicing some of the most useful icons. I’ll give you a whistle stop lesson on building a visual vocabulary that will encourage you to have a go. No artistic talent required! See you there…

Find out more here :https://www.newpossibilities.co.uk

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/12FS_Awe5g0

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Colin Heyman.

What part does/should feelings play in discussions? The model for discussion of issues and of problem solving in most of society, and in most organisations, is of logical argument leading to the ‘best’ decision. Reason and logic are useful and have their place, but I would maintain that using only logic and reasoning can be quite confrontational, disguises a lot else of what is going on, results in an unlevel playing field, and doesn’t always reach the best conclusion. This session will explore the part that feelings can play in work, in community discussions, and in dealing with the present situation.

You can view this Virtual Cuppa via this link – https://youtu.be/5mPtT3NukxE

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Garry Shewan.

Garry was a senior officer in Greater Manchester Police and saw from day one of his career that there was a role for justice beyond prison sentences. He has a passion for social justice and wants to have a cuppa with you to think about what it means for policing our future.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/YMPHs94DL10

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Liam Mahon. Find yourself thinking “there’s something wrong with this system“? maybe you are interested in systems thinking? Why not join us for a #virtualcuppa on Monday to hear from Liam Mahon, or the @SystemsNinja as you may know him if you are on Twitter!

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/BQR6cjQE4nE

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Andy Paice.

Andy Paice will talk about his life as a Buddhist Monastic when he lived in a monastery in Central France from 1998-2007.  Part of his time there (2001-2004) he did a traditional three year meditation retreat which means he was literally “locked down” voluntarily for that whole period with 14 other monastics in a large retreat centre.

That experience was obviously totally different to what we’re going through collectively now with the pandemic, but there are similarities and he’ll share thoughts and anecdotes gleaned from his time there.  We’ll have a chat about what this pandemic can teach us about community, getting on with people we live with and spirituality.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/nRwt9LnMttk

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Andrew Fisher.

I was a senior police officer for 30 years and over the last ten years of retirement I have watched the shape of policing change in various ways. My desire for our police is that they play a small but valuable role in community policing – they become the social diagnosticians with communities and facilitate important conversations on what matters in the locality, that means working with and listening to communities I wanted to have this cuppa to discuss what that might mean in these times as we may be moving away from a period of formal surveillance to an increasing level of informal surveillance I will share my thoughts on informal surveillance and the way in and the potential impact on our communities. I will then open this up for debate – what it could mean today and in the future. Please join me so that we can learn together and prepare for what might be around the corner!Free and everyone welcome! so please do join in, and register via the link shown below

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A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Michael Keating.

After the crisis, a new world won’t emerge as if by magic, we will have to fight for it’, wrote Neal Ascherson on Sunday   (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/19/after-the-crisis-a-new-world-wont-emerge-as-if-by-magic-we-will-have-to-fight-for-it).

MutualGain’s series of VirtualCuppas has highlighted the unique opportunity for those of us not on the frontline to reflect on what that fight for a new world might look it.  So far this has raised a wide range of questions but, as always, finding answers is harder.  We want to explore some principles for how to do this.  Join us to see what’s possible.

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Sarah Castro, time for a brew and a chat about how to keep children safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.  There will be lots of information and useful tips, so please do join in, and register via the link shown below

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/e0T21WrhKQM

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Susan Ritchie, time for a brew and a chat about philosophy. This is what she wants to chat about:I did a degree in political philosophy far too many years ago to remember now, and I’ve really wanted to go back and learn it all again. I loved it! The trouble is I don’t get enough time to read my work stuff let alone personal! So I am embracing this downtime to re learn the basics and would like to have a chat about what philosophy might have to do with what we are facing now!

At this stage there’s no academic input but if you are interested in the topic maybe we could set up a philosophy reading club together?!

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Debby Mackay, who will cover some hopes and fears and thoughts of students coping with the issues , other than health issues brought about by COVID 19.

These will include:

  • Isolation
  • Worry about family while staying away
  • Loss of income
  • Student accommodation
  • Staying positive and in touch
  • Assignments and dissertations
  • Graduation

‘While I don’t have all the answers I am practically supporting a number of students with a range of the above issues.’

Let’s create a conversation and develop some groups to support each other as well as some practical help too.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/8Coa3QYXINo

A “Virtual Cuppa”  with Susan Ritchie, time for a brew and a chat about philosophy. This is what she wants to chat about:I did a degree in political philosophy far too many years ago to remember now, and I’ve really wanted to go back and learn it all again. I loved it! The trouble is I don’t get enough time to read my work stuff let alone personal! So I am embracing this downtime to re learn the basics and would like to have a chat about what philosophy might have to do with what we are facing now!

At this stage there’s no academic input but if you are interested in the topic maybe we could set up a philosophy reading club together?!

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Andy Paice, talking about our attitudes to money!

Whilst first and foremost the coronavirus is a huge public issue, it has also thrown our econimic systems into disarray. Global stockmarkets have crashed, governments are bailing out businesses. For many, at a personal level, it is provoking fear and anxiety about how we will earn our living.

At the same time it presents us with an opportunity: can we rethink money and economics?

This call is a chance to discuss everything from our hopes and fears for our personal fiances to, larger questions of what kind of economy is needed for a sustainable future.

Bring a cuppa and some biscuits for an informal chat!

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/IoS1GWGms9o

A Virtual Cuppa with Liz Citron!

We have all been asked to work from home, where possible, to limit the spread of coronavirus… But this can be challengingfor a number of reasons. Liz would like to help you find the digital tools you need so that you can continue to do your job, sucessfully!

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/CNJ1NeDvJmQ

A Virtual Cuppa with Andy Mills!

Now will you wash your hands… I’m a public health practicioner, and can remember lessons in hand washing (and teeth brushing… dont get me started!) but maybe I got a bit lost in arguments about wider determinants versus personal responsibility for public health. I still think wellbeing is about jobs/ something meaningful to do, friends, homes and your surroundings, but should we build on the personal responsibility message from coronavirus?

Join me for a chat on Monday at 10am, I’m afraid you’ll have to bring your own coffee/tea/other drug of choice 🙂

This discussion can be viewed via this link –https://youtu.be/dmKqCKk03aY

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Antigua Riley Corion, talking with you about anxiety and what tackling anxiety means when it is teamed up with self isolation!

In this time of crisis, even those that dont have to tackle anxiety in their “normal life” may find that while self isolating they discover parts of themselves that they did not know were there, or that they feel more anxious than they would usually feel when their days are filled with tasks and activities to keep them busy.

In this discussion lets talk about why we feel anxiety, but also how we can overcome it and cope both in and out of social isolating. Lets ask ourselves, ‘how can I turn this quality time with myself into the most positive experience possible?’

We will also talk about and review some basic coping mechanisms such as:

  • Breathing Techniques
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Journaling

Don’t suffer alone: their is a whole community of us in the same boat, that can support and listen to eachother – so lets please come together!

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/-JphgsoQM-A

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Dr Andrew Fisher, Discussing Policing and Social Isolation.

The development of the new police was undertaken on the premise that they would work with communities and create a relationship whereby should a police officer need assistance, the community would come to their aid. It took some time for the police to become an accepted part of the community and, despite two world wars, the police officer became an integral part of society.

That was until the late 1960s and early 1970s. Something happened that drove a wedge between the police and communities; a wedge that has had a long lasting impact that, along with a number of other societal issues, resulted in the police becoming socially isolated from communities.

This presentation will examine some of the key points from 1829 to today and will examine how the police should learn from past mistakes.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/VAPLHREtZS8

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Andy Wright, looking at survey design and how to overcome issues to ensure they are problem free.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/r9BZRJPyf5M

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Deb Cohen, telling you; Why I love Victorian Cemeteries and why you should too!

Last year I became a volunteer tour guide for Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Close to where I live, I’d never even been inside it, but I’d heard that many famous people were buried there. The Cemetery had recently secured a Heritage Lottery Grant as part of a programme of works to restore all things Victorian.

Since becoming a guide I’ve learnt so many things and until Covid-19 hit I was planning during Spring 2020 to work my way round the top 7 Victorian Cemeteries in London. To date: I’ve been to Kensal Green and to both sides of Highgate.

I have suddenly found that I love Cemeteries and after this session I hope that you’ll share the love for this unusual hobby.

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2SYuMVNHGc&t=21s

A “Virtual Cuppa” with Micheal Keating, reflecting on the history of the East End and the City of London.

Much of the history of Spitalfields revolves around the arrival of migrants and the ups and downs they experienced in making it their home. At the moment, the local streets are eerily quiet (in a way that hasnt happened for a long time – perhaps ever). This could be our chance to listen to the ghosts of that history… If so, is there anything it could help us with during this strange and scary time?

This discussion can be viewed via this link – https://youtu.be/WKZb9w_6TT0