SUMMER FELLOWSHIP - SEGOVIA 2018
Our Summer Fellowship program brings together a cohort of 20 change-makers from across the continent with a strong commitment to Europe. The program is designed to build the Fellows' leadership ability to implement civic projects and political campaigns aimed at strengthening Europe's cohesion, contribute to a sense of shared European identity, and mobilize others in taking responsibility for the future of Europe.
The Fellowship is based on a unique pedagogy incubated between Harvard University and MIT, and revolves around a residential workshop, blended with elements of long-distance learning and personalized coaching. The program is designed to support Fellows in bringing their ideas and contributions to Europe to life, wherever they are in their campaigns or project cycle.
For this program, we created a unique blend of two of our core methodologies, Adaptive Leadership and Organizing. We developed a U-shaped pedagogy to help our Fellows tackle their most pressing leadership challenges. We called it Diagnose, Connect, Act. We used Adaptive Leadership to diagnose our Fellows' cases and dove deeper into the underlying challenges to their success, moving down the "U" to until coming up with action options to address their cases. Then we used Public Narrative to teach our fellows how to use their values and their personal stories to connect with their communities. Finally, we ended the workshop using Organizing to simulate actions on the ground to teach our Fellows how to ask for commitment and mobilize their people to action.
In carrying out the program, we utilized different pedagogical strategies, starting with distance-learning modules aimed at spreading the conceptual basics of Adaptive Leadership, with 1:1 calls between Fellows and their coaches, and through small-group online sessions. In Segovia, during our residential workshop, we used frontal teaching in the plenary class, we broke up into small groups to do more practical work, we created the space for peer-coaching sessions, and then at the end of each module left space for feedback, consolidation, and horizontal learning. Finally, post workshop we delivered on-line mentoring sessions where we brought experts to dive-in into topics that emerged as key to help Fellows advance in their understanding of the framework and tackling of their endeavors.
Below you can see some postcards from Segovia. It's been quite a journey!