A vital aspect of our continuing research is finding out the issues of social injustice which our members see in Milton Keynes. We do this by listening carefully.
It’s not rocket science but there are specific techniques which we use, principally through a series of one-to-one meetings, to find out what the issues are and what people think about them.
Each Autumn we conduct institution-based listening campaigns, from which the main issues are brought to a Leaders Forum event in November.
To assist the process, a Listening template can be used. What matters most is that individuals are asked open questions, the questioner shares information about him/herself, and the process of conversation is encouraged.
Making it simple…
…get a number of people in your institution to have one-to-one conversations with a number of others within the institution, gather the highlights and bring the top one or two issues to the annual Leaders Forum. You don’t need to have the title ‘Leader’, or any experience, just the ability to lead some ‘followers’ to do this and announce the issue(s) at Leaders Forum.