Active Citizens is a social leadership programme which promotes intercultural dialogue and social responsibility as key leadership competencies in the 21st century. The Active Citizens programme promotes community-led social development and motivates members of communities to take responsibility for their social needs, while giving them the knowledge, skills and experience to address them.
The 3-5 day 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, or social enterprise activity for the benefit of the people.
View the full Active Citizens course brochure here.
We have 2019 intakes now online. Courses are in Auckland Jan31-Feb2, and Wellington Feb20-22 - please see course details for Auckland here, and Wellington here.
We are looking for aspiring and experienced community leaders and social activators to join in this training, network, collaborate and share knowledge with co-delegates. The course is suitable for all levels of skill and experience, a willingness to learn, self-evaluate and accelerate plans and projects is essential. We also construct bespoke courses with organisations to meet your own outcomes and impact objectives.
What do participants on the first two pilot Auckland courses say?
“As part of our plan I just took a small first step … a put a proposal to start a fee breakfast in my class for children who come to school hungry. Parents on board, community on board, students excited! Thank you Active Citizens for giving me the courage to get out of the ideation stage and make it real!”
- Renu – Active Citizens Course participant Auckland
“It would definitely be a mark of disrespect if I don't thank the facilitators who were ready to accept whatever views and opinions I gave them over the weekend. And also for teaching me that every opinion could be linked to the final outcome.
For a person who arrived in this new country a few months ago, having his opinion of how he sees the world taken into consideration by a group of elders who had more years of experience than his entire lifetime, it really was motivating.”
- Jaikrishna – Active Citizens Course participant Auckland
“Awesome, ataahua, tumeke love the whanau feeling the whole weekend with Active Citizens amazing course”
- Hono – Active Citizens Course participant Auckland
“Thanks everyone, I was so happy to spend my Easter inspired and learning with all of you wonderfully magical humans!’
“Thanks guys, it was a wonderful experience. So glad I got to meet you all.”
”What an awesome bunch of people ❤️ I had such a great weekend!”
“Hē manaakitanga ngā wāirua tāpu tenei rā. He kotahitanga o te motu te hei Mauri ora.”
- Serena, Sarah Shaanil and Rawiri - Active Citizens Course participants Auckland
Our Active Citizens:
• Have a strong understanding of the issues/social issues at local or national level
• Want to learn, expand their horizons and create CHANGES in their community
• Work closely with communities to strengthen activity or support communities through social entrepreneurship and enterprise
• Have a vision of a better World and are inspired to be a catalyst for positive change
Active Citizens February press release is here.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME:
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, and social enterprise. 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.
Come join the network of over 200,000 Active Citizens in 68 countries around the World!
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.
Active Citizens initial courses in Auckland will:
· Empower participants to make a positive contribution to the development of their local communities by supporting them to deliver social action and helping them to become financially sustainable through social enterprise
· Support and promote citizen led participation in governance issues
· Provide opportunities to build new networks and uncover new perspectives
· Provide cultural leaders with the practical skills, intellectual perspectives and global networks needed to seize new opportunities, strengthen their organisations and deliver a world-class vision.
· Cultivate a shared sense of purpose among participants and foster a sense of optimism about the future
· Build relationships between community leaders in Auckland and the UK, and globally to share learning in addressing common social challenges
· Provide a framework which supports and feeds into other youth development initiatives in New Zealand.
· Equip participants with key life and educational skills
· Help to build trust, understanding and friendship between and within communities in which participants live.
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.