Losing Control is a peer-led network of over 500 individuals from across sectors who want to share power more equally as a way of unleashing social change and can support each other to implement ways of working that share power more equally, that are collaborative, grassroots-led and participatory.
We seek to do this by:
We focus on three broad and overlapping themes:
We encourage honesty, humility, and vulnerability so that stories are shared openly “warts and all” to get into challenges and unanswered questions, not just 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.
We commit to inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility across the network and work hard to include people from all sectors, experiences and backgrounds.
We commit to sharing power and responsibility: Losing Control is peer-led and shaped by its members.
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 Agency and Practical Governance in April 2017.
Building on the first event, Losing Control 2019 in Birmingham brought together more than 300 participants. At the event, we 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.
Ignited by the need, the success of our two Losing Control events 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; contribute or host a Losing Control Network 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.
Losing Control is shaped by YOU. From hosting a Losing Control Network event to collaborating on other projects, events and more… we want to hear from you!
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