Investing in Individuals
At the core of our practice is the underpinned by the certain knowledge that everybody possesses innate capability and that all social systems hold untapped capacity as well as hidden assets. The evidence for the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, attests to this. To feel connected to the world, we need opportunities to get to know and learn from others. To feel motivated to pay attention to what is going on, we need rewards for doing so and for our observations and insights to be valued. We need to be actively engaged (physically or mentally) if we are to remain alert and have the chance to lead. We need, most of all, chances to contribute to the common good so that, no matter in how small a way, we feel that we have some distinctive part to play. These needs are part of our DNA and, in evolutionary terms, are what have got us here. So it should come as no surprise that playing with their grain makes for happier, healthier and more productive people.
We see leadership neither as something done from the top nor from the front but rather as the responsibility of all in a community. The size of that community could be a leadership team, a community group, a management team, a partnership, or one individual who seeks to improve the relationship they have with themselves. The intervention could range from an Action Research Project, a bespoke personal development or leadership programme, to much more informal learning systems including compeering, mentoring, coaching and whole system learning. These interventions awaken latent capacity by involving the people that will have long term responsibility for sustaining the initiative, whether it is about their own health and wellbeing or that of a population, project or product.
Gallery of Related Projects
Escape From Fortress I
Inspired by the work of Joanna Macey and Bo Lozoff (Active Hope and We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free) Tree House worked with Prison Staff and Inmates in the Therapeutic Wing of HMP Liverpool to design and deliver a personal development courses.