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The first Losing Control events had profound impacts on many of our partners and on our own organisation so we’re excited to make a long-term commitment
Losing Control will help our partners to expand their network, learn from each other, build relationships and collaborate to devolve power to local communities
Losing Control will support the grassroots groups of lived experience that we are working with to amplify voice whilst at the same time help our internal shift to a new way of working
We are pleased to be a part of Losing Control, joining other people passionate about collaborating and challenging the conventions of how we get things done.
I am coming to Losing Control because I am keen to learn new ways of devolving power, as well as empowering citizens to take on some of our greatest societal challenges. I look forward to sharing my skills in developing movements, as well as learning from other likeminded and committed individuals
I am a parent, resident and community volunteer who feels quite powerless most of the time, especially when faced with people in power who fear change, or residents who feel their only power is in keeping things the way they are, even if they situation is less than ideal. I would love to learn and improve my own communication when it comes to approaching communities and institutions with a suggestion of improving something collaboratively
I have been working as a volunteer to build resident-powered organisations for the last eight years. I’d like to share experiences & learn from others
Losing Control with a movement promoting the voice of lived experience: Expert Link
Losing Control with a national charity campaign network: MS Society
Individuals, organisations, businesses and foundations are searching for new strategies to improve their effectiveness. We need to let go of traditional ‘command and control’ organisational models and standard campaign techniques in favour of methods that focus on flatter hierarchies, dispersed leadership, collective decision-making and grassroots participation.We need to lose some control.
Losing Control started as a one-off event in Oxford hosted by the Social Change Agencyand Practical Governance in April 2017. More than 100 participants heard from people who have been at the forefront of accelerating social change, for example by adopting more inclusive decision making, creating collaborative campaigns, promoting genuine diversity and giving those with lived experience a voice. We explored strategies and tools that could help people to do this themselves such as online tools, new governance models, storytelling and movement building strategies; and worked together to support 10 social movements to find their own path to Lose Control.
Ignited by the need, the success of our first event and a deep belief in our shared philosophy, Losing Control is a network powered by YOU. This community enables you to connect, inspire, learn and debate about how to lose control in an open, honest and practical way.
Join and shape our network; come to and contribute to the event; add your own resources and use the existing ones so we can support each other to tackle the practical challenges and discuss the difficult questions that arise when trying to let go of power.
We will encourage participants to share their stories openly ‘warts and all’ and get into the challenges and unanswered questions, not just the good news stories.
We commit to ensuring what you get are practical tools, insight and connections that you can apply in the real world – and from people who have actually been there and done it, not just talking about it.
Our network is diverse, equal and peer led. No one will be excluded because of price and we are committed to making sure that all content is accessible, clear and always grounded in real life examples.
Tell us what you’d like to see, host a session, join and shape the network. At our events we support people to choose the sessions they are interested in, leave a session if it’s not right for them, host their own session, or just take time out if that’s what’s needed.
Losing Control 2019 will focus on three overlapping themes:
Losing Control is powered by YOU with all our content suggested, facilitated and led by people from within the Losing Control Network.
Losing Control The Event, 2019 is open to everyone, but for those unable to make the event or who are searching for something a bit deeper we will be maintaining momentum through the Losing Control Network.
The network is your space, created with you and by you – from the annual event itself, the network events in-between, face to face, and online training and who knows what else. The power is in your hands.
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For any other questions about Losing Control, please get in touch with Karen@thesocialchangeagency.org