What's the Learning Marathon?
A 2 month learning accelerator where you grow yourself, together with a dozen peers, each tackling a different question.
You'll pool your ideas, skills, experience, perspectives and momentum to create a rich 'soil' that will fuel your growth. Together you take on the Marathon: 2 months of activities designed to maximise your potential.
My focus is on personal and organisational transformation and mindset change by the creation of collaborative environments and signature trainings in design thinking, creative leadership, ideation, storytelling and team facilitation.
I'm an active community member and I enjoy mentoring teams of social innovators and entrepreneurs, having worked with various teams across geographies.
As you host and peer in the Learning Marathon, my goal is to introduce design-led and peer-to-peer learning approaches to Bulgaria and to support individuals tackling professional, personal or societal challenges. Join me for this journey and you'll be provided a safe space for exploration and experimentation, new and meaningful relationships, and a structure to start your project.
My Learning Question will be 'How to help people to keep their focus on the projects that matter to them (a say "no" toolkit)?
Applications open on January 6th
Early bird deadline (10% off) Jan 27th
Final application deadline Feb 10th
Kick Off weekend February 22nd-23rd
Full programme dates:
Kick Off weekend (2 full days): Feb 22nd - 23rd
4 fortnightly Tuesday evening meetups 6.30-9.30pm at a variety of Sofia locations.
4 peer mentoring and coaching sessions.
1 full day Power Up day: 21st March
Showcase event: 11th April
Finish Line day: 11th April
Additional 'Get Shit Done' sessions scheduled on Sundays: 15th March, 5th April.
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 and spent working on your Learning Question.
The Learning Marathon has been designed to integrate alongside work, and many of our participants have had a full time job. If you're unsure, have a chat with your host.
What does it cost?
In order to keep the Learning Marathon as inclusive as possible, we have a fixed administrative fee for participation.
Fees: 890.00 BGN for individuals, 1068.00 BGN for employers covering the cost of employees.
Payment plans: 50% upfront and 50% by March 20th
Bursaries: 25% off for people from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to: BAME, LGBTQ, disabled, refugee or asylum seeker.
Employers: We welcome employers covering your fee. We can provide materials to assist you in making the case. Contact Eleonora if you'd like to send these materials to your employer.
What does the programme look like?
You can find much more detail about the Learning Marathon and how it works here. Although please note that this is a condensed 2 month version of the Learning Marathon which is usually 6 months.
Who is this for?
We aim to be as inclusive as possible and for that reason we welcome diversity on every spectrum. If you can answer yes to the following 4 questions, it's for you:
Is there a professional, personal or societal challenge you want to grow to meet?
Do you want to challenge traditional learning formats - and yourself - by joining a peer group?
Do you recognise the value of working toward more cooperative social patterns of behaviour?
Are ready to commit to an average of 5 hours per week over 6 months?
What do we look for in participants?
Genuine interest in learning with and from a group of peers. You'll have great listening skills and be able to work in collaboration.
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.
How do you select the group?
Enrol Yourself is not about selecting those with the best credentials or interview skills. But we will be thinking about the range of skills and attributes that applicants bring, and we will look for complementary expertise and synergy between the Learning Questions. Our commitment is to connecting a group of peers who bring a diversity of viewpoints and who will effectively multiply each other's learning.
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. Your project will need to be titled by a Learning Question (see below). If you're shortlisted you will have an interview with your host over the phone.
Should you wait until the deadline to apply?
Ideally no. Your host will be review applications as they arrive. Apply by the early bird deadline for 10% off your fees.
What is a Learning Question?
Your Learning Question is like a thesis question - without the enormous essay. Every Learning Marathon participant identifies a professional, personal or societal challenge that they work on as a project. Your Learning Question is the title of your project and the starting point on your journey. Read more about the Learning Question and how to find one here.
What if I don't have a Learning Question?
Everyone has a Learning Question in there somewhere! Whilst some applicants come with an existing question or project they want to develop, others do not - and that is totally fine. What matters is finding a Question that can act as a starting point. Questions tend to evolve along the way - this is all part of the learning process, so there is no need to get too hung up on finding the perfect question.
We have several resources to help you: