Belonging Matters Foundations

Belonging Matters Foundations with Jessie SutherlandMany systems, policies, practices and even attitudes and behaviours are outdated and contribute to the social and environmental challenges facing our communities and our world. More and more leaders are recognizing what does not work and yearn for a fresh approach to build connected communities for meaningful action.

4 Days to Learn Clear, Actionable Steps for Building a Culture of Belonging

This four-day training provides practical tools and approaches to build cultures of belonging as a foundational step to unleashing dormant talents and working effectively together to address complex social problems.

Belonging Matters Foundations can be taken together as a series or as standalone training days.

  • Roadmap for Community-Led Change (Friday, February 21)
  • Being a Belonging Champion (Friday, March 6)
  • How to Unleash Dormant Talents (Friday, April 17)
  • Engage Diversity – Convening Tools and Practices (Friday, May 1)

Registration: 9:00 am
Training Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (light refreshments included)

Training location:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport
10688 No. 6 Road
Richmond, BC V6W 1E7
Free parking


Roadmap For Community-Led Change (1 day)

We all know top down solutions to our most complex social problems are no longer viable. And bottom up approaches tend to amplify voices but rarely achieve lasting system change. In this training, Jessie Sutherland will share insights from over 25 years of designing, facilitating and supporting community-led change processes locally, nationally and internationally. Her 5-step proven roadmap has a track record of creating lasting personal and system change and has reached over 2.5 million people.

Here’s the thing. The people that are most impacted by any given social problem are the experts.
Jessie Sutherland, Ted Talk Clip (23 sec)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Use 3 lenses to explore social problems
  • Describe the Belonging Matters 5-step process for community-led change
  • Identify key people to engage in their change initiative
  • Apply learnings to create a project plan to create change

Outcomes / Benefits:

  • By the end of this component, participants will have the knowledge and tools to build an effective project plan to create lasting social change. They will leave with the first steps of their plan complete.

Features:

  • Workbook

Ways to Attend: Roadmap for Community-Led Change

For Individuals:

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, February 21).

For Groups/Organizations (Table of Five):

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, February 21).

Being a Belonging Champion (1 day)

Many social and environmental change efforts fail or get side-tracked because of infighting due to polarized positions, lack of intercultural awareness and understanding, or unexpected changes in the wider community. In this training, participants will learn a new approach to responding to personal, workplace and community challenges.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret challenging situations from a variety of perspectives
  • Describe how triggers and mirrors influence responses to difficult situations
  • Employ curiosity and values‐based practical tools to enhance choice making in challenging situations
  • Articulate what core value guides their decisions and actions
  • Respond effectively to challenges in a values-based way
  • Create a reflective learning practice to build belonging from the inside out

Outcomes / Benefits:

  • By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with practical skills and theoretical knowledge to understand diverse worldviews and different interpretations of challenging situations. As well, they’ll gain tools to expand their awareness and increase their effectiveness during times of conflict and change. As a result, learners will strengthen their personal and professional integrity and become better listeners, less judgmental and more compassionate.

Features:

  • Workbook

Ways to Attend: Being a Belonging Champion

For Individuals:

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, March 6).

For Groups/Organizations (Table of Five):

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, March 6).

Testimonial

Our community enjoyed enormous success with the Belonging Matters Initiative, connecting with over 70 youth and youth service providers and amongst other things completing the Westside Youth Asset Mapping Project.
Catherine Leach, Executive Director, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House


How to Unleash Dormant Talents (1 day)

The key to building true belonging is learning to listen in new ways, acting on what we hear and building supportive networks. In this training, participants will deepen their capacity to listen for worldviews, strengths and needs. And most importantly, they’ll generate creative ideas to address needs through individual and group strengths. Finally, building supportive networks to address needs as well as develop leadership is a foundational step in building cultures of belonging. Learners will deepen their capacity to create strength-based, culturally relevant and accessible resource kits for people most impacted by any social problem. The tools presented in this training will unleash dormant talents in any group and have the potential, if used skillfully, to generate actionable innovation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key elements to listen for and support
  • Use the listening chart tool to address needs, develop dormant talents and generate actionable innovation
  • Understand the strength-based approaches to community development
  • Research from a strength-based lens the elements that create conditions for people to have safe and healthy lives
  • Customize a resource kit for their unique situation that is culturally relevant and accessible

Outcomes / Benefits:

  • By the end of this session, participants will have to tools and skills to unleash dormant talents within individuals and groups and generate creative solutions to addressing individual and group needs through strengths. As a result, participants will have the tools and skills to become better listeners, less judgmental and more compassionate facilitators. Finally, participants should be able to create a useful resource for people most impacted by social problems that will connect them to services and opportunities to develop their voice and leadership.

Features:

  • Workbook

Ways to Attend: How to Unleash Dormant Talents

For Individuals:

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, April 17).

For Groups/Organizations (Table of Five):

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, April 17).

Engage Diversity – Convening Tools and Practices (1 day)

This training provides participants with our proven roadmap to engage diversity for their projects and programs. Here, leaders will learn about the pitfalls to avoid and a unique 5-step formula that has a track record of working with any demographic and generating high engagement.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Avoid key pitfalls when engaging diversity for social change
  • Describe a 5-step formula for engaging diversity
  • Name 3 keys for success
  • Create a convening plan
  • Articulate and practice their key messages in their invitation

Outcomes / Benefits:

  • By the end of this component, learners will have the knowledge and tools to build a quality convening team. They will generate their own convening plan, key messages and tools to increase participation and access to their programs and services, build a diverse client base, and strengthen relationships between their teams and the people they serve.

Features:

  • Workbook

Ways to Attend: Engage Diversity – Convening Tools and Practices

For Individuals:

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, May 1).

For Groups/Organizations (Table of Five):

  • Register for the complete 4-day training (one Friday per month, from February 21 to May 8).
  • Register for the standalone training (Friday, May 1).

Testimonial

This training helped me gain wisdom, support and courage to visualize the results we want for our projects. This was an eye-opening moment for me.
Yoshie Ikema, Okinawa, Japan


Payment Options

Complete 4-Day Training:

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For Groups/Organizations (Table of Five):

Standalone Trainings:

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About Belonging Matters

Our award winning, strengths-based community-led change approach builds belonging, fosters intercultural collaboration and generates innovative resident-led self-organized projects. We have worked in over 8 languages supporting leaders and communities to effectively address diverse social problems, reaching reached over 2.5 million people with lasting results. Clients who use this approach go on to win innovation awards.

Learn more about your trainer, Jessie Sutherland.