We base all our work with you around our community organising ethos and methodology.
As you may already know, community organising is a highly skilled approach to social change, requiring advanced expertise in listening, questioning, collaborating, leadership and problem solving. Community organisers also need deep reserves of resilience, self-belief and confidence. And as any organisation that does community organising will tell you, it’s an approach that requires a change of mindset, resolve, patience and a willingness to disrupt the status quo.
However the rewards are tremendous and far-reaching. Whether you are a community organiser or an organisation wanting to embrace community organising, we can help you to embed:
You will find that community organising is powerful and progressive – and the benefits it brings are needed now more than ever before!
Benefits such as:
Are you craving peer support, critical reflection and the chance to share and solve particularly knotty challenges and campaigns with fellow organisers?
Are you looking for ways to develop and challenge your community organising team?
We can help you by:
Take a look at our Organising for Power Circle, a professional development membership network for experienced organisers, as well as our action learning sets to develop reflective action. And for your team, take a look at our range of training and development courses and resources.
Are you a community organisation with local stakeholders, a council neighbourhoods team, or someone with an engagement remit in another kind of organisation?Have you realised that bog-standard community engagement and outreach doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to building deep and lasting agency and empowerment? Are you up for building genuine collaboration, that kick-starts people to take up their own reins and lead on the change that matters to them most? We can help you to develop a roadmap, embed your strategy, support you to roll it out, expertly guide you, lighten the load and help you head off and solve problems along the way. The sorts of things we do include:
Ansuz Action is Helen Wallis-Dowling and Ruth Parkinson. Helen and Ruth are long time colleagues and friends. We each have over 25 years experience of working with people, teams, communities and organisations. We enjoy working together and we’re an effective, creative and knowledgeable team.
And fun to work with!
You might be wondering what on earth ‘Ansuz’ (pronounced ann-suhz) is all about. Well, we were casting around for a name and at a risk of being a bit up ourselves, decided to go with an Icelandic rune. Runes are an early simple writing and meaning system and, it is said, also act as magic charms. The rune Ansuz is associated with ‘reason, analysis and advice, connecting and networking, inspiration and listening to oneself and one’s own particular inner voice’. So there we are.
For more see http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/ansuz
Do email us if you’d like to explore how we can support you and your programme or organisation. We’d love to hear from you.
Also please connect if you are doing similar or complementary work – let’s share ideas and action.