Project Details

Phase Three plan

This plan is based on a major strategic review of the project in February 2018, which involved experts on various aspects of the sector, plus the project team. This review drew on the research and scoping work in Phases 1 and 2.

Given our limited resources, we intend to focus on three specific projects where we believe we can make a distinctive contribution, and which build on existing expertise within our team and our partners:

Front-Line Futures: The capacity of front-line public services is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing: these include the NHS, local authority functions, and parts of the voluntary sector. Currently we are seeing a severe rise in burnout, service failures and staff turnover in many areas. In 2018 we intend to run several pilot programmes relating to those issues including:

  • Residential workshops at Hazel Hill Wood on resilience for GPs from Guy’s Hospital, led by a joint team from Westminster Centre for Resilience and Wisdom Tree.
  • A free one-day workshop for anyone from the front-line sector, exploring resilience for the future, also at Hazel Hill Wood, led by the Wisdom Tree team.
  • Further workshops trialing new material with different client groups and natural settings, involving a range of facilitators.

Everyday Positive: The aim of this project is to offer simple, highly accessible resilience tools to more mainstream individuals and community groups, preferably in an outdoor setting which helps learning and wellbeing.

There are many indicators of rising emotional and mental stress in the general population: future challenges are likely to drive these higher still. Everyday Positive will offer easy ways to handle stress, as an add-on to a range of outdoor activities such as running, rambling, sports and conservation. We aim to run pilot sessions during 2018 with several partner organisations, and at Hazel Hill Wood. Our material will help people expand their range of adaptation and co-operation skills, and to recover a sense of meaning and connection.

Future Conversations: Research shows that most people prefer avoidance and denial to engaging with the future outlook. The aim of this project is to offer materials and facilitation to help mainstream individuals and community groups to explore the upsides and downsides of the next 10-20 years, and to raise their skills and confidence to enjoy the years ahead.

Partner Organisations

Partners are a central element of our strategy for this project, and we welcome approaches from other potential partner organisations. Those already involved include:

  • Schumacher Institute: This non-profit think tank and research network headquartered in Bristol is our lead partner, with many years’ experience in exploring futures issues.
  • Westminster Centre for Resilience: A leading expert in resilience research and training for public and private sectors, and strengths in evaluation of such work: part of Westminster College, London.
  • Hawkwood College: Centre for Future Thinking: Are hosting an open workshop on this project, October 15-16 2018, with Jonathon Porritt as keynote speaker.
  • Wisdom Tree/Hazel Hill Trust: Both organisations were founded by Alan Heeks, who is actively involved in both of them. Wisdom Tree lead resilience trainings for front-line services and their individuals, many of them at Hazel Hill Wood, which is a 70-acre conservation woodland and education centre near Salisbury.

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