Welcome to the monthly Losing Control ‘Open House’

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…

You can drop in on our monthly calls at any time – these are open to all. Please note that you will need to pre-register for each call > Register for the next call here

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Our next Open House session!

Growing local//global networks for citizenship

Our Last Open House: May 20th


Main question: How can we move to a world where everyone is a full and equal citizen? Part of the answer is to intentionally network to identify share problems, generate and share solutions and accelerate the momentum for social change. The hosts of this event work at local, national and international levels to advance justice, deepen democracy and take better care of our world and each other. They are committed to the idea that the power to change lies within all of us, but only grows when we connect locally and globally.

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 ediane@thesocialchangeagency.org

Hosts: Opus Independents | Centre for Welfare Reform | Citizen Network

Break Out Sessions

In the lounge: Global networks for citizenship – Markus Vähälä and Simon Duffy on Citizen Network – a global cooperative

In the kitchen: Securing our freedom – James Lock and Jonny Douglas on Opus and the UBI Lab Network

In the garden: Building new bridges – Catherine Hale and Stef Benstead on Chronic Illness Inclusion and Welfare Reform

In the attic: Putting down roots – Angela Fell and Clive Tuck on the Neighbourhood Democracy Movement and Tumbledown Farm

In the basement: Taking better care – Chris Watson and Glyn Butcher on Social Care Reform and Peer Support

In the study: Raising the flag – Kellie Woodley and Wendy Perez on self-advocacy and the Keys to Citizenship


We look forward to seeing you there!


Get in touch if you would:

  • Be interested to help chair this or any future themed calls
  • Have ideas for future themes
  • Would like to host a breakout discussion, share what you’re up to, or simply get some advice from others from the Losing Control Network – on the themes suggested or anything else!

There is very limited preparation needed, and we’ll support you all the way through.

Outline of the event

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

Talk to me:

In depth stories and examples of people who have tried to ‘lose control’ before (or are still involved now) and are prepared to share both inspiration and their practical learning openly and honestly.

Help me:

Got a problem? Help Me sessions are for those that have a real challenge ahead of them and could do with others to help them work through it.  Nothing quite beats helping others to learn yourself.

Teach me:

Teach me: Practical training in useful tools, techniques, or concepts from people who have actually applied these before and know what they’re talking about. Cutting edge technology, co-budgeting, facilitation skills, communications, movement building, power dynamics, group dynamics, culture and more.

Calm me:

Time to look at our own and our team’s wellbeing. Looking at ways to create space for self care in an inclusive, open and supportive environment

Grow me:

Got an idea you want to see grow? Use these open spaces to propose and plant your seeds and with the help of  the network lets nurture them and make them reach their potential.

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  • Get first access to a range of Losing Control Network events
  • Connect with others like-minded Losing Control networkers across the UK and beyond
  • Get consulted from time to time about strategic questions around the Losing Control Network and the events we run
  • Suggest and offer your own Losing Control event with support from the Losing Control team