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An Experiment in Collaboration

This Learning Marathon will be our lab to experiment and learn how to collaborate better



London / blended online



4 months



5 hours per wk



Daniel Ford

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Bursaries: Available



Do you need to up your skills in collaboration and collective action? In this peer-led Learning Marathon we'll test collaboration methods that we can each apply to our wider work.

Using our different perspectives and individual talents, we’ll come up with a unique response to the troubled times we find ourselves in. Together, we’ll decide our direction and focus, co-design a curriculum and co-create a response, whether that's an event, an artwork or a venture.

Is it for me?

Are you curious about the ‘how’ of powerful collaboration - how we learn, decide, communicate, relate? Is collective action essential to the impact you want to create?

Are you… Working on a collaborative project? Willing to lean into conflict and difference and see it as a source of creativity and change? Searching for more effective ways of working together that tap into the potential of everyone in the group? Ready to commit 5 hours a week over 4 months?

Do it to


Learn collaborative methods and tools that you can take back to your professional work and/or activism


Upgrade your capacity for collaboration by connecting with a new peer group and pooling knowledge, network and skills


Co-design a response to the times we live in with a group of people with different perspectives, identities and skills

Your Host

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Daniel has participated in two Learning Marathons and, after experiencing the peer-to-peer magic twice, has finally plucked up the courage to host one himself!

Daniel’s been working in the field of system change, futures and sustainability for 5 years, designing and facilitating processes that bring people together to work out what role they can play in change. He’s training in Deep Democracy and wants to serve the potential of this group however he can!

"Dan’s inquisitiveness and ability to show up in his authenticity is inspiring to be around"

Sean Andrew, Forum for the Future


How do you approach diversity and inclusion?

We believe that placing peer-to-peer relationships at the heart of learning creates huge potential for a more inclusive approach to education. We also know that a very deliberate effort is required to deliver those benefits in reality. A top cited value point for Enrol Yourself participants is that they learnt alongside people they wouldn't otherwise have met and were able to exchange their perspectives, ideas, experiences and more.

We want to welcome and support anyone with a strong intention to take part in our programmes, and aim to ensure that your identity or background will not be a barrier. Whilst we don't have it all figured out yet, we are working on it.

What does the programme look like?

Over 4 months we meet every other Tuesday evening as a learning community, alternating with buddy coaching sessions in the weeks in between. You will collaborate with another participant to create a workshop that helps us explore collaborative methods, tools and practices. The journey is punctuated by 'Power Up' sessions where we reflect on our learnings as a group. We use our skills and experience to support each other in our learning along the way and we finish with a collaborative showcase!

What does the application process look like?

The application process is simple. You can request more information at the bottom of this page, and feel free to reach out to Daniel for an informal chat. If this feels like something that calls you then you can sign up via the application form. After the deadline Daniel will find a time to speak with you, before offering a limited number of places.

How will the blended online/in person work in practice?

In 2020, we have all learnt to adapt in accordance with the ever-evolving pandemic. We cannot know where we will be in relation to COVID restrictions when this programme launches in 2021. As a place-based group, the intention is for some of the elements of this Learning Marathon to take place in person, and we know it is likely that parts will take place online. We will always have that option should new restrictions come into effect and in such times, we will remain as fluid as possible.

How much does it cost to participate?

This Learning Marathon is being offered in the spirit of gift culture. This doesn't mean it’s free; it means we invite you to choose an amount that you feel able to afford, or feel it is worth. This enables us to offer the course to a wider range of participants than if it were to be offered at a fixed price. Depending on your income, we’d suggest anywhere between £500-£1100, but we are aware that this is a financially precarious moment for many, so please reach out if you can’t afford that.

What about COVID-19?

Given the uncertainty and implications of COVID-19, we are accepting Expressions of Interest from anywhere, as it may be the case that the majority of this Learning Marathon will be run online. However, if it becomes possible to run it face-to-face, we will prioritise those looking to do it together in London.



Register your interest with the Host to receive the information pack. You can also request a phone call and some resources to take to your employer if you think they might be able to (partially or fully) sponsor your place on the programme.

Thank you for registering your interest, the host will be in touch!

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