Coaching for Third Sector Leaders - The Oasis Foundation Coaching Bursary Scheme 2023 – 2024
Each year the Oasis Foundation is committed to supporting a small number of leaders from Third Sector Organisations, who are focussed on Social Change and Social Justice, and are committed to the development of their organisations, their practice and themselves.
The Oasis Foundation has now opened its 2023/24 invitation for 8 leaders to have 12 hours of fully supported leader development with experienced Whole Person coaches from Oasis Human Relations
The offer remains open during 2023-2024, until all places are filled. Find out more, and apply HERE
Sustainable Wellbeing Environment Network (SWEN)
This is a new initiative developed by climate campaigner Jo Musker-Sherwood, to set up an organisation to support people working in the environmental sector that are under pressure and risk of burnout because of the nature of the work done. A proposal was brought to the Foundation to provide facilitation support for a 6-month consultation period, and 1 year pilot period to establish the Network. The trustees agreed to fund an executive coach to work one to one with Jo and also to facilitate the group that was advising Jo on shaping the new organisation.
SWEN is now up and running, and an account of their journey, ‘Working Well in a Climate Crisis’ , is available on the SWEN website HERE
Forging a framework for daily activism at Migrant Action, Leeds
Based in Leeds, Migrant Action is a grassroots, rights and justice based organisation that works with migrant communities to provide direct support for individuals, and to continue activism for transformational structural and policy change. The Oasis Foundation has a close relationship with Migrant Action and has provided support for the past 3 years, more recently to assist them to develop a sustainable approach to their future.
“This is work that is integral to Migrant Action’s growth… The time and space to dive deeply and reflect, to ask ourselves challenging questions – it’s essential. Instead of just working to keep going, we’ve been looking in detail at our values and principles from so many different perspectives; we’ve been creating a strategic thinking framework that supports and aligns with our vision, a framework that we can really feel ownership of.”
Fidelis Chebe, Director of Migrant Action
Facilitation Skills for student change agents at oikos international
The Foundation has been supporting oikos international on a three-year basis to create innovative approaches to find its mission in the world. Oikos is a global organisation run by students who are deeply committed to a fairer, more environmentally responsible world.
A facilitation skills programme was held with the Oasis Foundation’s Chris Taylor in 2020 involving seven international student leaders. The aim was to develop their skills and abilities to facilitate meetings, programmes and workshops on issues to do with sustainability, global responsibility and responding the climate and ecological emergency.
We are grateful for the support of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative for this programme.
Facing the Future … a Rites of Passage workshop for young global leaders
This initiative was another outcome of the long-standing partnerships between our Project Director, Chris Taylor, and oikos international. Following a number of workshops in 2021 to shape the initiative, in April 2022, Chris and another facilitator spent 4 days with 15 of the oikos team (paid and volunteers) to work with young people at a point in their lives where they are ready to consider what their adult life might be for. The cost of holding the event was shared between a donation from the Foundation and oikos.
The Rite of Passage took place in Biofalu eco-village in Hungary. Participants worked on the land, and were guided through a structured yet emergent process of deep reflection.
Windsor Leadership Dialogue
The Foundation provides co- facilitation of the Windsor Leadership Dialogue held annually at Windsor Castle, bringing together 30 leaders from government, third sector, armed forces, business and community into a confidential space to explore and inquire into the emerging questions facing leadership, self and society. With the support of Oasis Human Relations, one of our Trustees is the Chair of the Custodian Group of the Annual Windsor Castle Leadership Dialogue. You can see more on the Windsor Leadership Dialogue HERE
New Approaches, New Questions – Prefigurative Social Action Inquiry
A three year initiative with a threefold ambition:
- To enable Social Action Inquiry Scotland to benefit from a rhythmical process engaging others in the wider system as critical friends to engender reflection and learning
- To develop an informal learning community reflecting the voices of applied practitioners, pioneers, funders, researchers, social change agents and communicators.
- To benefit the wider system by capturing and disseminating the direct and indirect learning that will arise from working together as peers inquiring into prefigurative social action.
Unimaginable Futures & Courageous Conversations
Following Oasis research about navigating societal and environmental collapse which was made available online, four sessions of ‘courageous conversations’ were held with global business and academic leaders in 2022 year, facilitated by Chris and Lana Jelenjev, a freelance facilitator. These have been well received and another four are planned for over the coming year with additional funding provided by GRLI and an advisory group/sounding board to represent the voices from the Global South and staying edgy and courageous.
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