I'd like to host the
Learning Marathon in West Yorkshire
Hi I'm Duncan. I want to host a diverse peer group for adults, aged 18-80, representing different cultures, interests, identities and backgrounds. Help me launch by letting me know you're 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.
Duncan Marwick trained professionally in Theatre Studies at RWCMD and Graduated in 1996 gaining wide-ranging work in film, television, theatre, voiceover and radio.
In recent years, he has managed Degree Programmes in Dance and Performance Practice at Leeds City College (LCC), until 2017. Since then he returned to working as a freelance workshop leader and manager whilst continuing PhD research at University of Leeds into the applications of improvisation in training and building his own practice with the companies ThreadBear Theatre and MonkeyHeads.
At MonkeyHeads Duncan uses games and Play to improve the adaptability, confidence, wellbeing, communication and intra/interpersonal skills. He believes we learn better when we enjoy ourselves, and really loves learning himself. He sees the Learning Marathon journey as the perfect way to make a positive impact on the world around him and invite others to do the same.
George Bernard Shaw said: "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."
"Duncan has the capacity to make you feel you can do anything!"
- Toni-Dee Paul (Duncan's former student)
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 Duncan launch his 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.