Title New Paths to InclUsion Network
Project Number 527631-LLP-1-2012-1-AT-LEONARDO-LNW
Product European Multiplication Training
Title European Multiplication Training
Product Type modules
The core activity of the third project year was the Organisation of the European Multiplication Course consisting of three modules a two days.
Module 1: Implementation of Person Centred Support and Organisational Learning
Module 2: Community Inclusion and Development
Module 3: Inclusive Training and Learning
The Curriculum and Learning material was translated in all project languages and is made available to a general public via the Online Knowledge Platform
The New Paths to InclUsion Network has also tried to set out on a transformative journey of asking deep questions, creating connections and trying to find new answers to our guiding questions
‘How can we make sure that support services respond to the individual needs of persons with disabilities and help them live included in the community? What kind of personal and organisational learning is necessary to facilitate this process?’
In our search for new answers we have used Theory-U as a guide for our learning. Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness that the participants in the system operate from. It represents both a theory to talk about such deeper levels of experience but also a social technology / methodology to shift the inner place from which we work to support us in bringing forth desired changes.
The Discovery activities in the New Paths to InclUsion project had been structured along three fields of learning framed as important keys we need to address if we were to move towards new paths to Inclusion.
Each key had been framed around one core question that guided the learning and sensing in the process preceding the Multiplication Course by applying different strategies inspired by the U-process Toolbox which have been adapted to fit our purpose (described in detail in the Multiplication Course Descriptions and the Toolbox section).
Thus it is important to be aware that the Multiplication course does not represent a stand-alone format to be implemented but a purposefully created space to multiply previous learning experiences. Our three fields of learning had been:
➢ Developing person-centred organisations: What do organisations need for a sustainable implementation of person-centred approaches that leads to transformative change?
➢ Fostering community inclusion and development: How can service-providers become more connected and responsive to the community and thus open new possibilities for people with disabilities to become active and contributing citizens?
➢ Providing inclusive training and learning for all: How can we improve vocational training courses to effectively include diverse groups of learners, including persons with intellectual disabilities, for the benefit of all?
Target group Trainers in VET, organisations providing services for disabled people, people with disabilities, Trainers, Coaches
The Multiplication Course Modules, one module per key to InclUsion, are designed as small Mini-U Labs. These Mini U-Labs allow participants to follow again the three Movements of the U:
Sensing: Giving participants the opportunity to immerse themselves into the subject and guiding question and thus multiplying the different forms and sources of formal and tacit knowledge and learning.
Presencing: Giving participants the opportunity to reflect, share and make sense of what they have learned and thus multiplying the shared sense/source of deeper individual and organizational aspirations and purpose.
Realizing: Giving participants the opportunity to actively create ideas for prototype initiatives they truly want to commit and thus multiplying the cross fertilization of ideas leading to real action.
The Multiplication course Module descriptions you are just about to read and not intended to be copied and pasted. They are and can be used and adapted in a variety of ways, settings and formats as part of a longer process of ideally a diverse variety of people across different (segments of) organisations, sectors, levels of hierarchy and roles within a system, (non-)disability, who have committed themselves to take on a journey of Discovery, where knowledge, (provisional) answers and actions have to be co-created in order to avoid the trap of producing just more of the same.
Margaret Wheatley describes such an approach as scaling across rather than scaling up. Whereas Scaling up encourages replication, standardisation and compliance - much of what we are working to avoid. ‘Scaling across happens when teams from one organisation travel to another and, through that experience, see themselves more clearly, strengthen their relationships, and renew their creativity. Like a learning journey, these are the visits that disrupt our old ways of seeing and widen our view of what`s possible. Scaling across happens when people create something locally and inspire others who carry the idea home and develop it in their own unique way.`(Wheatley)
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