Upcoming Events

Wednesday 1st-Thursday 2nd November 2017 - Groundwork Training

Groundwork and the Nature of Organising

The art of creating the conditions for collaboration that matters.

How do we prepare and organise for powerful collaboration in service of our organisations, communities and society as a whole?

In Scotland, Europe and globally, we face some timely choices. Do we allow our conversation and actions to be governed by fear or trust? Do we choose introspection and separation or openness and collaboration?

The Scottish Government’s 2020 agenda defines a bold new approach to self-governance characterised by active participation and collaboration between government and local communities. The big question for many is how do we actually go about collaborating well?

Connecting Scotland invites you to join this 2-day Groundwork intensive to strengthening your capacity to collaborate powerfully. Bring your team, your real-life project, business idea, or organisational challenge and use this as the focus as we dive deeper into the Foundations of Powerful Collaboration, exploring principles, practices and tools for strengthen your work together.

The practice of Groundwork is about much more than just being well-organised. It can be practised at the individual, team and organisational level and in all cases, it invites a focus on that which is less visible or that happens underground, beneath the surface of our awareness.

This includes: 

  • the ongoing work of strengthening personal and collective leadership practices.
  • a focus on quality of relationships and hosting or tending to the social field. 
  • holding the bigger perspective while defining and navigating long-term purpose and strategy. 
  • understanding the dynamics of power and love 
  • working consiously with resources and money 

What will you get out of the training?

By participating in this training you will be introduced to the core elements of Groundwork practice. Groundwork is both a personal and collective practice which can be integrated and applied to any aspect of life. In particular, the training will explore:

  • How do we build a solid foundation for powerful collaboration?
  • How could we practice more harmonious ways of organising ourselves, each other and the work that matters?
  • How do we invite others in a humane, real and artful way?
  • How do we create inspired and connected teams, committed to creating meaningful impact?
  • How do we create structures that reflect and support the deeper purpose of the need and purpose we are serving?
  • Where has this worked before, and what are good stories of application that can inspire and strengthen our work? 

Who should come?

This training is specifically designed for people working in teams that are interested in working more with process, participation and engagement. We encourage teams to attend together and to bring a concrete project which can be used as a focus for the practice. That being said, you are welcome to come as an individual or as a team! 

Groundwork is for you, if you :

  • Have an idea or goal you want to achieve
  • Are leading or working within a team tasked with delivering a project or service
  • Work within Government or Business
  • Serve on a Board of Directors 
  • Work or volunteer with nonprofit or grassroots organisations
  • Work with Social Enterprise
  • Are an Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur
  • Need to grow connections with people in similar questions


Standard: £575 / €650 (teams of 3 or more receive a 15% discount)

Standard Plus: £650 / €730 (Includes contribution to scholarship fund)

Scholarship: £355 / €400 (Limited number available by application only)

The training fee covers:

  • Training instruction, materials and resources
  • Shared accommodation at the Killin Highland Lodges (alternative private accommodation is available locally but this needs to be booked individually by the participant)
  • Refreshments, teas/coffes, lunches (shared dinners are optional and to be covered by the participant)

The training will be hosted by: 

Toke Paludan Møller (InterChange, Denmark)

James Ede (Status Flow, Denmark), 

Bronagh Gallagher, Pamela Galbraith, Gordon Carmichael, Andy Lippok and Sandy Brunton (all from Connecting Scotland

For more information visit: 

www.thegroundwork.co or contact groundworkscotland@gmail.com 

We invite you to join us in exploring and creating the conditions for powerful collaboration and transformation in your life and work. Hope to see you in Killin! 

When: 1-2 November, 2017 9.00-17.00, 

Where: Bridge of Lochay Hotel, Killin, Scotland 

Fees: £575 Standard; £650 Standard Plus; £355 Scholarship


Download a PDF of this invitation here.

Monday December 4th 2017 - Strategic Harvesting in Unordered Systems


Venue: Iona Community Centre, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP, Scotland. Google Map

Register/book here.

You are invited to join us as we in Connecting Scotland (www.connectingscotland.org) welcome Chris Corrigan (www.chriscorrigan.com) for a one day workshop in strategic harvesting. For ten years now Chris has been a leading practitioner of harvesting within the Art of Hosting community. He works with nonprofits, governments, philanthropic organizations and business in Canada, Europe and the USA. He leads Art of Hosting trainings and is interested in the application of hosting and harvesting to complex problems requiring participatory processes to make good strategic choices.

Participatory processes require us to pay attention to the dialogue container and the harvest of the conversations. Dialogue processes should be designed with the harvest in mind, according to the principle “We’re not planning a meeting, we’re planning a harvest that a meeting will produce.”  Working with both intentional and emergent harvests is a discipline that increases the sustainability and credibility of strategic processes and benefits initiatives that are dealing with the tricky dynamics of complexity.

This one day workshop will cover principles and practices for designing strategic harvesting plans and for incorporating the principles of developmental evaluation in your work. If you are a facilitator, host or participatory leader, and you are wondering how to increase the impact of harvests from your processes, this day will be for you.

Join us and other practitioners as we learn design tools and good theory and then engage with one another to improve project plans.  Bring your work with you and take advantage of the expertise of others with the same questions and curiosities as you."


  • Learning the Cynefin framework and its applicability to designing strategic harvests
  • Learning a framework of principles that help you to design harvests of participatory processes.
  • Experiencing a participatory harvesting tool Chris has created based on these principles.
  • And understanding of the relationship between harvesting, decision making and evaluation.

Anyone working with participatory processes will find this course valuable.  If you have ever had the experience of walking away from a meeting with flip charts rolled up under your arm and no idea what to do with them, this course will be a godsend!  This course will appeal to:

  • Facilitators and Art of Hosting practitioners
  • Evaluators
  • Leaders and managers
  • Organizational development practitioners
  • Social change makers and community organizers.
  • Anyone with an interest in how we make sense of "all that material!"

In addition there are three simple questions set out below where your responses will help Chris make some good design choices on the day.

  • Why are you coming to this course?
  • What are your own burning questions about strategic harvesting?
  • Where are you looking to apply this learning?


The joining details for the course are:

Monday December 4th 2017

08:45 arrival with refreshments for a 09:00 start; 1 hour for lunch; 17:00 finish

Iona Community Centre, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP, Scotland. Google Map

Cost (includes refreshments, lunch and course handbook):
£195 per person. Early bird £165 per person (if booked and paid by 4th November). Group discount - 5 places for the price of 4.

For queries about the course – Andy Lippok 07795 682570 conversations@connectingscotland.org

For queries about bookings & payments – Jane Brunton 07768 835333 jane.brunton@gmail.com
To book your place select the link here:
Register/book here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the workshop in support of your efforts to bring good practice to the harvest of participatory meetings.