Active Citizens is a social leadership programme from the British Council which promotes intercultural dialogue and social responsibility as key leadership competencies in the 21st century. The programme also promotes community-led social development. It motivates members of communities to take responsibility for their social needs and gives them the knowledge, skills and experience to address them.
The Active Citizens training programme develops Active Citizens facilitators who are potential change agents in their community. They in turn cascade the programme to people in their communities. The communities deliver social action, i.e voluntary, not for profit, activity for the benefit of communities. They demonstrate their skills in social action and support engagement with people with different perspectives.
Together the community also develops skills which prepare them to face the challenges of the 21st century in an increasingly globalised world. The skills are equally applicable in the workplace, the community in which they live and the home. This process generates increased confidence, increased value for difference improved understanding of local and broader communities, improved strategic thinking and increased employability.
The Splice team along with selected Pacific community activators were trained to become Active Citizen Facilitators during a programme July in Fiji. Splice are the exclusive supplier for Active Citizens in NZ in partnership with British Council. Our aim now is to prepare a cascade plan for delivering the workshops and social action toolkit to the Auckland community. Look for the first training programmes to be launched later in 2017, early 2018.
For more information on the programme and the following Auckland workshops in 2017-18 - please contact Gareth Farry (Garethfa@Splice.org.nz). Thanks to Waitemata Local Board for their support for this pilot AC programme.
The Active Citizens facilitation training comprises four core modules:
Module 1: Me - Identity and culture: Understanding identity and culture is the key to opening minds to new learning and perspectives, changing attitudes, encouraging empathy and creating a stronger sense of social responsibility. It is also critical to problem-solving and building networks.
Module 2: Me and You - Intercultural Dialogue: participants learn methods of dialogue as a tool for building empathy, trust and understanding within and across cultures.
Module 3: Local and Global Community - We together: Participants learn how communities are local, global and interdependent and develop skills in mapping the community from a variety of perspectives - problem identification, systems thinking and power dynamics. These are used to identify appropriate interventions and a network to address them.
Module 4: Social Action/Social Enterprise start-up Planning: Participants focus on planning a social action initiative in their community, considering the process in different levels of detail and complexity. This involves identifying and clarifying their agenda, a specific intervention and how they will deliver it.