Apply for the ACT UP LONDON Creative Facilitation Skillshare day – Feb 21st 2015 – London

Are you affected and / or a person living HIV? Are you, or would you like to be, an HIV activist, advocate, campaigner and creative facilitator?

Would you like to learn facilitation techniques to build movements for social justice and equality connected to issues surrounding HIV? Would you like to have more effective, honest, pro-active, equal meetings and actions to put HIV up the political agenda? Would you like to learn more about understanding key elements in group dynamics and development, decision-making (individual and group), facilitator styles, understanding and managing change and transition, creative processes, power issues, managing conflict, promoting participation and inclusion, supporting and nourishing the self? 

Then this skillshare is for you! 

When? Saturday February 21st 2015 10-5pm

Where? – Central London – to be confirmed.

ACT UP LONDON is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic. ACT UP LONDON is organising this skillshare to strengthen and build the movement with the aim to ultimately end the pandemic and build alliances with other HIV movements in the process. Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.56.34

There are only 30 spaces as we would like to create an in-depth learning and action environment. If you are interested in coming please email ASAP by Thursday 19th February 5pm – with short answers to (1) your name (2) your level of involvement with HIV activism (3) what specific outcomes you would like from the day. All details here –

What we will learn at the ACT UP Creative Facilitation Day


  • Understanding facilitation
  • Understanding what is happening in a group
  • Theories and Frameworks
  • Different models and approaches


  • Facilitation techniques
  • Developing flexibility in reading and responding to different situations
  • Using resources, materials, inputs and exercises

Exploring experience

  • Reflecting on experiences of doing facilitation
  • Analysing problematic situations
  • Analysing successes


  • Reflecting on the inner experience of facilitating.
  • Identifying personal styles.
  • Reflecting on values and ethos in facilitation.
  • Developing personal resourcefulness.

Each of these elements and the interplay between them is essential to good facilitation. The content of what we do on the course is negotiated with the participants so that it is relevant and pertinent to their needs and context. 

Further information on the methodologies behind the ACT UP Creative Facilitation Day

The ACT UP Creative Facilitation Day trainings are based on a number of approaches to change which enables the development of critical consciousness and creativity. The training is based on ‘popular education’ developed from Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s radically different approach to adult education. Popular Education helps people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates them to action that transforms their life situation. At the core of this training is the power and ability to dig deep when facilitating and organising social movements. These steps aim to get down as deeply as possible, with the group, to the root causes of societies’ problems. Fundamentally, this enables us to understand how we can build appropriate community responses for social, environmental, racial and economic justice. This is a process of ‘conscientization’ (conscience – action) to build a culture of self-determination amongst those isolated and affected by oppression. This kind of critical pedagogy includes relationships between teaching and learning. Its proponents claim that it is a continuous process of what they call “unlearning,” “learning,” and “relearning,” “reflection,” “evaluation,” and the impact that these actions have on the students, in particular students whom they believe have been historically and continue to be disenfranchised by what they call “traditional schooling”

Critical consciousness then helps to dismantle what’s called ‘cultures of silence,’ which enshroud communities affected by oppression and / or state repression and dehumanizes them. Dehumanization afflicts both those whose humanity has been stolen and those who have stolen it, distorts the process of becoming more fully human. Every person, however ignorant or submerged in the “culture of silence,” can look critically at his or her world through a process of dialogue with others, and can gradually come to perceive his personal and social reality, think about it, and take action in regard to it. This enables a process of ‘re-humanization’ whereby people become ‘subjects’ rather than ‘objects’ of their own reality. Through this process, the view of an illiterate or other oppressed person is so transformed that he or she is no longer to be a mere object responding as surrounding social forces direct. All of these educational processes’, rather than condition people into acceptance of society’s status quo, it becomes “the practice of freedom” through which people deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to transform their worlds.

Further links – 

Training for Transformation Ireland – 

Training for Transformation South Africa –

The Glass Is Half Full –



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