Collective Leadership for Scotland

28 February – 3 March

Illuminating Leadership Festival 2022

Taking place for the first time from 28th February to 3th March 2022, Illuminating Leadership 2022 is a global online festival aiming to shed light on the benefits and opportunities, as well as challenges of collective, systems- and place-based leadership.

Over the course of four days, the festival will see a variety of self-hosted events, during which participants and hosts can reflect, share, and identify ways in which we can support people across public services and beyond to feel truly empowered, sufficiently emboldened and able to use their creativity in a way that supports real improvement.

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Lighthouse Sessions

Monday
28 Feb

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

10:00 - 10:55

Festival Launch

16:00 - 16:55

Democratic Innovations: what does this mean for power-sharing leadership

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Tuesday
1 Mar

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

10:00 - 10:55

Grassroots Leadership – Growing Communities Collectively

11:00 - 11:50

ACOSVO Leadership Exchange Programme - Information Session

12:00 - 12:50

The challenges of leading as a host, not a hero

16:00 - 16:55

Sensing: How to Access Deeper Wisdom through Know-Feel-Do

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Wednesday
2 Mar

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

12:00 - 12:50

The future will be made by us, together

14:00 - 14:55

Facilitating in complexity: going below the surface

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Thursday
3 Mar

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

12:00 - 12:55

Place-based System Leadership: Police & Local Government Work in Scotland

17:00 - 17:55

Leadership Circus

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights
Monday

28 Feb

Tuesday

1 Mar

Wednesday

2 Mar

Thursday

3 Mar

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

Take a pause from the stormy seas at the Illuminating Leadership Harbour. These sessions provide a safe space for quiet, contemplative reflection and mindfulness practice. Each morning, the Harbour offers different practices for self-reflection and a stable mind, including journaling and mindfulness to help you restore a sense of balance. We invite you to join the sessions in the way that suits you. You can choose to turn your camera on or off and join in with any open discussions. This is event is hosted by members of the Illuminating Leadership organising team.

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

Pop in to the Bell Rock Morning Café for a quick burst of energy, to learn about what’s happening that day at Illuminating Leadership and to hear reflections from previous events. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to give a shout out for the event you are running. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our more reflective evening cafés here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

10:00 - 10:55

Festival Launch

Welcome to the launch of the Illuminating Leadership 2022 Festival. This festival has been co-created by those passionate about shining a light on how we work collectively to address the complex, societal issues we are currently facing. Collective, system and placed-based leadership is often highlighted as being at the heart of what is needed for these difficult times including Covid Recovery, but can be challenging to implement. This is an invitation to explore together what it means to navigate the incongruities and paradoxes, the light and the shade, that we face in our work and to discern together what approaches to leadership will serve us well for the work that needs doing. At this launch we will include reflections from John Swinney - Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery; Katie Kelly, East Ayrshire Council and Martin Kalungu-Banda, Presencing Institute and Oxford Business School and other guest speakers.

16:00 - 16:55

Democratic Innovations: what does this mean for power-sharing leadership

Innovative democratic processes are inherently collective and require new forms of facilitative leadership anchored in power-sharing. They push us into spaces where citizens collectively engage in dialogue and deliberation seeking to answer the wicked questions that trouble our communities and systems. Join Oliver Escobar, Senior Lecturer in public policy at the University of Edinburgh and academic lead for democratic innovation at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, for a stimulating and provocative conversation about the current proliferation of democratic innovations in Scotland and around the world. Oliver has been involved in research and development of democratic innovations, including participatory budgeting, digital processes and citizens’ assemblies. Most recently, he co-led the research team for the Citizens’ Assembly on the Future of Scotland and is a member of the Stewarding Group for Scotland’s Climate Assembly. His work also includes the development of ‘socially smart cities’ and arts-mediated public dialogue on social and criminal justice, including the forthcoming Distant Voices Festival: Bridging the Void. In this session, Oliver will share insights from over a decade of research and practice, focussing on processes and impacts, and exploring implications for the future of governance and democratic life.

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Join the lighthouse keeper in dimming the lights during our Bell Rock Evening Cafés – a space to reflect about what has emerged that day at Illuminating Leadership and explore what new connections have been made. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to hear about participants’ thoughts and reflections of past events. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our morning café sessions for a quick burst of energy here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

Take a pause from the stormy seas at the Illuminating Leadership Harbour. These sessions provide a safe space for quiet, contemplative reflection and mindfulness practice. Each morning, the Harbour offers different practices for self-reflection and a stable mind, including journaling and mindfulness to help you restore a sense of balance. We invite you to join the sessions in the way that suits you. You can choose to turn your camera on or off and join in with any open discussions. This is event is hosted by members of the Illuminating Leadership organising team.

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

Pop in to the Bell Rock Morning Café for a quick burst of energy, to learn about what’s happening that day at Illuminating Leadership and to hear reflections from previous events. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to give a shout out for the event you are running. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our more reflective evening cafés here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

10:00 - 10:55

Grassroots Leadership – Growing Communities Collectively

Evie Murray was part of an activist movement in Leith, (the port of Edinburgh), reclaiming common good land to make healthy food and nature accessible to themselves, their children and the local community. Now, as a collective, Earth In Common, they are working to tackle a broken food system, climate change and social inequality, locally, nationally and internationally. They have created a radical action-based team on Leith Croft with community building and food growing at their core. Not only are they growing food, they have developed a Carbon College, offering environmental education for youth and adults, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live a life that's better for the planet, and encouraging people to take action in their communities. In addition, their Minecroft programme epitomises inspiring, inclusive outdoor education. Young people join experienced staff to learn outdoor crafts and survival skills, build fires, cook food, and share stories around the fire. There is also a ‘restorative climate justice’, a concept that brings together elements of restorative justice, climate justice, agroecology and food sovereignty. They have bigger ambitions! An integrated vision of urban crofts that can help generate community solidarity and wellbeing, strengthen the local economy, and contribute to community wealth building and skill-training. They aim to help communities across Scotland reclaim derelict urban green spaces to establish urban crofts. Together, they believe empowered urban communities could play a vital part in moving to food sovereignty. Their form of collective leadership is about grassroots, community empowerment in action. Come along, be inspired!

11:00 - 11:50

ACOSVO Leadership Exchange Programme - Information Session

Join us to learn about the programme and how it can develop leadership capacity. A previous participant will join us to share their own exchange reflections and answer any questions you may have. Application deadline for our next cohort is 11th March 2022, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to find out more at this session! About the programme ACOSVO Leadership Exchange pairs leaders from middle, senior & executive levels to improve leadership capacity between peers. All sectors are eligible - third, public & private. The purpose is to provide a platform for cross-sector knowledge sharing where leaders can gain an insight into the different cultures, constraints and opportunities their counterparts work with. With leaders matched from the Scottish Government, banking, NHS, Police Scotland, voluntary sector, and much more, this is a unique opportunity to expand your network, see things differently, and build connections across boundaries.

12:00 - 12:50

The challenges of leading as a host, not a hero

Leading as a host is an attractive way of helping people engage... what are the challenges, pitfalls (and ways to succeed)? Host Leadership has been gathering momentum in recent years as an attractive way to think about post-heroic leadership which focuses on how to bring people together (in a good way) so that everyone can contribute to dialogue, decisions and developments. Mark McKergow's books, seminars and work have shown how leading as a host works as both a metaphor (which everyone can engage with right away) and in more detail as a model with six 'roles' (not rules) into which hosts and host leaders can step forward , and four positions where they can stand to get different viewpoints about what to do next. On the face of it, this is something we can all connect with (should we choose to do so). And yet... it all sounds maybe too easy? What are the real challenges, pitfalls, uncertainties and demands of leading as a host? In this session Mark will be leading a conversation about the skills, qualities, awarenesses and personal challenges of leading as a host, particularly in tough situations. For example, some of the challenges which are sometimes raised are: What if there are very different views in the room - leading to heated exchanges, stuck disagreements and further entrenchment? What if something unexpected happens, throwing my plans off track? How do we keep 'multi-partial' - acting on everyone's side, rather than being neutral or one-sided? This Illuminating Leadership event is an opportunity to bring forward your own challenges to leading as a host, to work with Mark and the other participants on how we might respond, and to broaden all of our skills and possibilities for effectively bringing people together to work on complex collective problems and issues. Do join us!

16:00 - 16:55

Sensing: How to Access Deeper Wisdom through Know-Feel-Do

Working and leading in these times, we can often experience a relentless focus on the intellectual aspects of knowing. Experience tells us, however, that knowing is important but not sufficient and that we need to include and value feeling just as much. This session offers an opportunity to work with Martin Kalungu-Banda, from University of Oxford Business School and the Presencing Institute, on the Know-Feel-Do of Leadership, exploring how we can bring our collective intelligence and the wisdom of our bodies into our leadership practice. Co-Hosted by Martin Kalungu-Banda and Janet Whitley

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Join this session's light house keeper, Martin Kalungu-Banda, in dimming the lights during our Bell Rock Evening Cafés – a space to reflect about what has emerged that day at Illuminating Leadership and explore what new connections have been made. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to hear about participants’ thoughts and reflections of past events. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our morning café sessions for a quick burst of energy here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

Take a pause from the stormy seas at the Illuminating Leadership Harbour. These sessions provide a safe space for quiet, contemplative reflection and mindfulness practice. Each morning, the Harbour offers different practices for self-reflection and a stable mind, including journaling and mindfulness to help you restore a sense of balance. We invite you to join the sessions in the way that suits you. You can choose to turn your camera on or off and join in with any open discussions. This is event is hosted by members of the Illuminating Leadership organising team.

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

Pop in to the Bell Rock Morning Café for a quick burst of energy, to learn about what’s happening that day at Illuminating Leadership and to hear reflections from previous events. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to give a shout out for the event you are running. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our more reflective evening cafés here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

12:00 - 12:50

The future will be made by us, together

Join us to explore what we really mean by leadership, management and everything in between - and what this means for our future. In this event, we'll try to collectively disentangle management and leadership: the purposes they serve, the skills they require, and who exactly they involve. We'll explore how management is concerned with bringing order and certainty to organising, while leadership involves living and thriving in conditions of uncertainty that call for creative, disruptive, and sometimes even subversive solutions. This session is a collaboration between Project Lift, Kaleidoscope Health and Care, and Barbara Simpson, Professor of Leadership and Organisational Dynamics at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, who will share her perspective. Together, in an engaging and interactive session, we’ll explore questions like: What's really different between leadership and management? When do we actually see new futures come about in our organisations? What could be different?

14:00 - 14:55

Facilitating in complexity: going below the surface

It is challenging to write and talk about the capabilities and practical experiences of facilitation that have “largely disappeared into our relatively inaccessible mental filing cabinets of intuitive, unconscious tacit knowing!” (Wadsworth, 2001). We have spent considerable time (years) trying articulating the process of facilitation that we believe to be important when working with collective leadership groups tackling complex issues. It’s not easy! When working with these groups, facilitation we have found is not so much about methods, tools or techniques, but the level of conscious awareness, and ability to hold a space for ‘not knowing’ that enables facilitators to be flexible and stable whilst working with the complexity of groups working at the edge of chaos (Reason and Goodwin, 1999). This art of facilitation doesn’t just lie with those who have a title of ‘facilitator’ but with anyone who is trying to create and hold a learning space for divergent voices to be heard, different perspectives to be considered and for collective action to emerge. Please come along and share your interest, experiences and expertise. This session will be hosted by Dot McLaughlin and Karen Lawson from Collective Leadership for Scotland.

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Join the lighthouse keeper in dimming the lights during our Bell Rock Evening Cafés – a space to reflect about what has emerged that day at Illuminating Leadership and explore what new connections have been made. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to hear about participants’ thoughts and reflections of past events. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our morning café sessions for a quick burst of energy here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

08:00 - 08:30

The Harbour

Take a pause from the stormy seas at the Illuminating Leadership Harbour. These sessions provide a safe space for quiet, contemplative reflection and mindfulness practice. Each morning, the Harbour offers different practices for self-reflection and a stable mind, including journaling and mindfulness to help you restore a sense of balance. We invite you to join the sessions in the way that suits you. You can choose to turn your camera on or off and join in with any open discussions. This is event is hosted by members of the Illuminating Leadership organising team.

08:30 - 09:00

The Bell Rock Café – Sparking Off the Day

Pop in to the Bell Rock Morning Café for a quick burst of energy, to learn about what’s happening that day at Illuminating Leadership and to hear reflections from previous events. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to give a shout out for the event you are running. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our more reflective evening cafés here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.

12:00 - 12:55

Place-based System Leadership: Police & Local Government Work in Scotland

Collective Leadership for Scotland has been working with colleagues in Police Scotland and The Improvement Service to design and deliver a Pilot Collective Leadership Programme in three localities, including participants from Police Scotland, Local Councils, NHS, Fire and Rescue Service and the Voluntary sector based in the locality. The intention of the pilots is to offer a place-based, focussed learning experience on the theory and practice of Collective Leadership, including supported exploration of complex/wicked issues by participants. This lighthouse session offers an opportunity to find out more about the Programme and to hear the stories of how Collective Leadership practice has been developed and is now being used by participants in the Programme. Photo by Anthony from Pexels

17:00 - 17:55

Leadership Circus

We welcome you to enter with curiosity, and a playful attitude. Bring your friends and colleagues, and explore whether the circus of leadership is developing the skills we need to work collectively? You will have the opportunity to: Meet the juggler and the plate spinner? What happens when they drop the balls or the plates come crashing down? Watch out for the clown? Are they laughing, crying or full of surprises? Observe how they change direction when something new and shiny appears, grabbing their attention. Gape at the tightrope walker – where are they feeling the tension, how much slack will they allow? Is there a safety net? Do you recognise the lion tamer – always cracking the whip to keep control? Or the ring master - strutting in one direction then spinning on their heel and strutting the opposite way. Watch in awe as the trapeze artist lets go without knowing they will actually be caught. Visit the fortune teller – is one view of the future enough? How could we share our different perspectives and imagine something yet unknown? We invite you to join our circus. Come and play in our tent and explore how we might develop the circus skills to work collectively and imaginatively. This event is hosted by Dr Lynn McNair, Karen Lawson, Sophie Hadaway and Hanneke Scott-van Wel

18:00 - 18:55

The Bell Rock Café - Dimming the Lights

Join the lighthouse keeper in dimming the lights during our Bell Rock Evening Cafés – a space to reflect about what has emerged that day at Illuminating Leadership and explore what new connections have been made. These daily sessions provide a space to make new connections, cross-pollinate ideas and continue discussions about the festival in an informal way. If you are an event host, these sessions are also a great opportunity to hear about participants’ thoughts and reflections of past events. The Bell Rock Cafés run twice a day, so bring your breakfast or dinner snacks - but most of all - your curiosity. You can sign up to our morning café sessions for a quick burst of energy here. The Illuminating Leadership organising team will be welcoming guest lighthouse keepers to co-host the Bell Rock Café sessions.