I'd like to host the
Learning Marathon in Edinburgh
Hi I'm Caitlin. I want to host a multidisciplinary peer group for creative designers, makers and collaborators. Help me launch by letting me know you might be interested.
What's the Learning Marathon?
A 6 month learning accelerator where you grow yourself, together with a dozen peers, each tackling a different challenge.
With support from your host, you pool your ideas, skills, experience, perspectives and momentum to create a rich 'soil' that will fuel your growth. Together you take on the Path, 6 months of activities designed to maximise your collective potential.
Caitlin is a designer, illustrator and maker based in Leith, Edinburgh. She's interested in bringing together a group of creative people who are looking to build their personal network and are interested in the potential of collaboration.
Having worked as a freelancer for a few years now, Caitlin has found that unless you are working in a multidisciplinary studio, it's very difficult to meet other freelancers, particularly if you work from home. My view is that it's very important to have a steady support network around you, with views from different fields of work, so that you can share ideas or solve creative problems through discussion and collaboration whilst having fun in the process.
This isn't just for professional designers and makers! If you are a chef who wants to collaborate with a potter or an electrician who wants to collaborate with a product designer then still get in touch and sign up.
Dates and details
What does the programme look like?
All the detail is here. The Learning Marathon is designed to fit alongside work. Fortnightly meetups are therefore on weekday evenings and longer intensive days tend to be over the weekend.
What's the application process like?
The application process is simple. You'll tell us a bit about yourself and make a short proposal for the project you'll work on via an application form. If you're shortlisted you will have an interview with your host over the phone.
What's the time commitment?
The guideline we give is that you will need to be able to commit 5+ hours per week. Some weeks it will be more, other weeks it may be less. Some of this time will be spent in meetups and workshops, some of it will be self-initiated.
What do we look for in participants?
Commitment to a Learning Question that you will pursue as a self-led project.
Real interest in learning with and from a group of peers. You'll have great listening skills and be able to work in collaboration, articulate your ideas and make them visible.
A proactive spirit. You come with lots of ideas and creative energy to make them a reality.
We also welcome applications from pairs or collaborators working on the same goal or project.
Your host will be thinking about the range of skills and attributes that applicants will bring, looking for connections between Learning Questions, and aiming to connect you to peers who will multiply your learning.
Expressions of interest
You can help Caitlin launch her peer group by making an expression of interest and/or spreading the word. You'll be first to know when applications open. You can send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.