SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants' Group meeting: 'Collaboration' + recommended on/offline resources

Event Description

SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants' Group meeting: 'Collaboration' + recommended on/offline resources

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This group is open to anyone who works as a consultant in international development, whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO. Our events are generally relaxed and sociable and are an opportunity for peer support, networking and collaboration. 

Rachel Haynes (http://flamingoforngos.org) and Kathleen Christie (http://www.kathchristie.co.uk) are co-facilitators of the SWIDN Consultants' Group. Rachel and Kathleen are both experienced consultants who have been actively involved in the group and in the wider SWIDN network over the years. Rachel is also a member of the SWIDN Board of Trustees. Please do come along to meet them, to find out what the group is up to and to share your ideas about what you would like to see the group doing and what you would like from group meetings in the future.

'Collaboration' + your favourite off/online resource

The theme for our March meeting will be 'collaboration'. Collaborations are key to our work having sustainable impact. To be successful, our approaches need to be more creative and clever than ever before – whether at country level, in the UK or globally.  Please come to the meeting ready to share experiences and ideas around collaboration as it has related to your work as a consultant.  Our discussions are open and wide ranging, and any views and perspectives on collaboration in all its forms are welcome.

In addition to this will be the regular request to bring a recommendation of an interesting resource (on or off line) to share with the group. This could be related to the theme (or not), and could be anything: an article; journal; podcast; report; piece of research, etc that you have found particularly useful in your work as a consultant.

Please note the slight time change (5.30-7.30pm) and new venue for this meeting - we have listened to feedback about our usual venue and are trialling a new location which has a lovely, quiet, private room, which we hope will meet our needs!

Co-hosting meetings

As a way of sharing and developing skills focused on specific fields of consulting we’d like to extend an invitation to you to ‘co-host’ a future meeting. You might choose to focus on a specific area such as methodologies and approaches (to strategic planning, capacity building, consultation, contractual arrangements, or another area) or a specialist skill area like fundraising or influencing. Please feel free to make suggestions. 

Hosting would involve providing a brief introduction to the focus at the start of the meeting and then facilitating a discussion orientated towards answering key questions and/or sharing experiences in relation to the focus. Please let us know well in advance so that we can ensure the focus of the meeting is publicised in good time for other people working in that area to schedule time to attend.   

To discuss being a meeting ‘host’ please email: info@swidn.org.uk

We hope to see you at a meeting soon!

Please note that this group is for people working as consultants only; whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO. 

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