The Open House is a monthly online session to connect, share, learn and dream with each other – hosted and run by those from across the Losing Control Network.
We’re holding monthly calls for 2 hours, combining a set of themed discussions in smaller groups, as well as some open discussions for anyone of you who would like to host and discuss, well anything…
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Our next Open House session
Is co-production a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
The importance of co-producing services with service users has significantly risen in prominence over the last decade. But does the reality of much of what passes for co-production actually have any real impact in shifting existing power, or has it become just another way to enforce the status quo?
Tuesday 29th September 3 pm – 5 pm
Each session will start with some welcome music (losing control themed!), a short welcome, smaller breakout discussions and then we will reconvene to share the headlines from each breakout, as well as share what’s happening with the network and gather a bit of feedback.
There will also be an opportunity for you to share anything related you would like to with those on the call – so come prepared and if you have anything you’d like to speak to us in advance about email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: To be confirmed (could this be you? Get in touch!)
In the lounge: Why do oppressed communities need to work with oppressors?
Paula Harriot, The Prison Reform Trust
Paula Harriot from the Prison Reform Trust, both an outspoken advocate for and critic of coproduction will host a debate to challenge some of the typical assumptions made about the effectiveness of many coproduction efforts. In particular, she will explore how we believe social change happens; how ‘labels of damage’ can affect people; and how a community organising approach (using a prison example) could be a way to change the narrative and dynamic.
In the kitchen: Mugged, hijacked and co-opted?
David Ford, Expert Link
Co-production, at least from a purist’s point, has been
co-opted, mugged hijacked
In the basement: The empowerment that system change brings.
Ian Treasure, Partnership Manager – Lisa H, Blackpool Service User – Nicola Plumb, Lived Experience Team Manager. Blackpool Fulfilling Lives
Systemic change is one of the best ways to narrow the disadvantage faced by people experiencing multiple disadvantages. In this session we will be talking about how Blackpool coproduced its definition of system change, what tools were devised and also a story from someone who benefitted from it.
In the study: Losing control in schools – How can you truly ‘coproduce’ in the school environment?
Co-hosts – Will Nicholson (Losing Controller) and Lucy Stephens, Co-Head The New School
In Norwood, South London, a quiet revolution in education has begun. The New School is a new type of (non-fee paying) school on a mission to positively change the way we educate our children in the UK. Its approach is driven by giving every student a powerful sense of agency – the will and the ability to positively influence their own lives and the world around them. Why? Because at the moment education is too focused on passing tests and a narrow curriculum that doesn’t acknowledge the broader interests of children or a richer concept of human creativity. Importantly it also doesn’t help children develop the skills they need for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. By creating an educational space that allows young people to be recognised and to participate in decision-making structures as equals, The New Schools believes that every young person can fulfil their potential and go on to lead happy lives. But how can we bring this idea to the mainstream? And can The New School succeed in becoming a sustainable reality? Please join our session to learn about a new type of education with the power to create a better world, and offer your ideas for how The New School can survive, thrive and create a much-needed platform for youth voice.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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There is very limited preparation needed, and we’ll support you all the way through.
Knocking on the door: welcome music and waiting room at 3 pm
Crossing the threshold: introductions (5 min) at 3.05 pm
Find your room to party (45 min) at 3.15 pm – 4 pm
Parish notices: announcements (10 min) at 4 pm
Everyone on the dance floor: Very briefly tell us about what you discussed (30 min) at 4.10 pm
How was it for you? : poll to get immediate feedback (10 min) at 4.40 pm
Parting gifts: share what you are working on and your interests (10 min) at 4.50 pm
Thanks for coming: close call at 5 pm