Open Learning Programme

The Boosting Resilience Open Learning Programme is a unique blend of events bringing together arts based learning and methodologies with cutting edge business thinking. This programme is designed for those seeking to develop important skills and build their personal and organisational resilience in order to negotiate these uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times.

Collaborate with course leaders and your peers to develop key personal insights, explore new ideas and consolidate your thinking through engaging in a hands-on learning experience.

If you are a curious and creative arts leader, sector specialist, boundary breaking creative entrepreneur, or working in an industry experiencing unprecedented levels of uncertainty and change, then register your interest for this programme.

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Reflective Journaling for Leadership – Getting Started Workshop

Tuesday 25 September, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

£70 – £125


One of the major areas in leadership that is insufficiently covered in most management education is how to carve out time and space for reflection, and then how to utilise that capacity to generate new ideas and insights.

This high-engagement leadership workshop is geared to get participants started on the day itself, and to leave with an intensive set of activities to be carried out over two weeks. Email support will be provided during this two week period.

Taken together, the workshop and immediate follow up provide a proven approach, sufficient to permit participants then to keep journaling without further support.

All materials needed for the workshop are provided on the day, but participants are encouraged in addition to bring particular types of tools and materials which they can use on and after the workshop. Activities will be entered into a specially prepared workbook which participants can continue to use after the workshop.

Participants will be provided with a reflective activity to be undertaken on average every weekday for two weeks. There will be email access to tutorial support during this fortnight.

The workshop is lead by Professor Clive Holtham, Director of the Learning Laboratory at Cass Business School.

For further information and to book your place click here.

Boosting Your Assets: the Pros and Cons of developing new ideas

This workshop was an exploration of the pros and cons of developing ideas for new customers and audiences, or whether you should expand or change your offers to them. During this half-day session attendees made strategic decisions to:

  • Identify areas for innovation to make most of existing assets
  • Reviewed existing activity to ensure a good strategic fit and focus
  • Thought about distinctiveness of their offer and messaging
  • Designed strategic experiments to test how to move towards a more resilient organisation.

The day was led by Claire Pattison, Manchester Metropolitan University Boosting Resilience delivery led, and the fantastic Isla Wilson, founder of Ruby Star Associates.

This event has now taken place.


For further information, please contact Dr Amanda Brown

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