Huddlecraft 101 is a 3 day immersion in how to use peer-led approaches to enrich learning, community, culture and change.
You might be looking to top up your professional practice, apply peer power to a live challenge - or invest in your organisational culture. Huddlecraft 101 will give you the tools and confidence to apply cutting edge peer-led practice in your work.
From an organisation? We offer a discount if you’d like >3 employees to join. If you’d like >6 employees to join, it might make more sense to run this training in-house. Get in touch if you'd like to chat.
“The training was welcoming and inspiring. It prepared me to understand the needs of peers and how to engage them playfully. I leave with practical activities, games and visual frameworks.”
“I learned about the many design considerations for creating the conditions to support peer-to-peer learning. I gained practical tools that will support our internal processes and our programmes.”
Communities and Art Lead
Doughnut Economics Action Lab
"Huddlecraft 101 is one of the best trainings I've ever been on! I loved the balance of evidence and research underpinning the work, with creative framings and use of metaphor to explore big ideas."
Assistant Director of Design
Who is this for?
This is for you if you're building learning, community, culture or change, for an organisation or independently, in any sector. You'll already know, or sense, the value of peer-led approaches, but you want to multiply your ability to put them into practice.
3 days' time commitment over 5 weeks, incl. a break. This includes 7 scheduled, facilitated sessions, as well as self-paced learning resources. See our 'training in detail' tab for more info.
Our next training programme takes place from May 16th - June 13th 2023. Booking will open in early 2023, and will close toward the end of April.
The training takes place online on Zoom, so you can join us from any location.
Huddlecraft 101 is a unique training programme. It will prepare you with the framework, tools and confidence to apply peer-led approaches to achieve your goals.
We are hyped to be offering Huddlecraft 101 at this particular moment. Here's why we think this is so important, right now:
Humanity has never needed to learn so much, within such a short timeframe.
We want to spread approaches that encourage all participants to be active agents of each other's learning.
Thriving in a post-Covid future will require greater social and emotional skills.
A peer-to-peer mindset can bake this into the design of learning, community, culture and change initiatives.
No work towards sustainable futures can ignore social justice.
Peer-led approaches are structurally more equitable than many traditional approaches.
"I loved how playful the activities were, and how we weaved in and out of personal reflection and group conversations. The digital collaboration activities were particularly well designed."
Delivery and Engagement Manager
“Huddlecraft 101 helped us implement a peer buddy system at LearnJam: part of our move away from a hierarchical organisational structure. The training was expertly facilitated.”
"I'm going to cascade this learning throughout the Trust to help us transition to more peer-led learning both internally and externally - it will be a key part of our work going forward."
Head of Communities and Engagement
Avon Wildlife Trust
You might be looking to top up your professional practice, apply peer power to a live challenge - or invest in your organisational culture. Here's what you can expect to take away:
A deeper understanding of the potential of peer-led approaches for creating learning, community, culture and change initiatives.
Invest in needed skills: the pandemic has highlighted how the skills of gathering and relating effectively are essential for everyone to thrive.
Greater understanding of where you can apply the power of peer-to-peer to support your aims, objectives and live challenges.
Reinvigorate organisational culture post-Covid by supporting a culture of ongoing learning and collaboration.
Confidence bringing people together as peers, online and offline, to create 'new power' spaces even within 'old power' organisations.
Use cutting edge approaches to learning, community, culture and change for your programmes, ventures and initiatives.
Greater ability to articulate a strong case and advocate for the value of peer-led approaches in your setting.
Make cost savings by adopting a distributive, peer-to-peer mentality in place of a service-provider mindset.
Connect with a cohort of practitioners grappling with their own context, and exchange multiple perspectives and ideas.
Create resilience for an uncertain future, by placing relationship-building at the heart of your approach.
We run Huddlecraft 101 twice a year in May and November.
Huddlecraft 101 live sessions and content requires 3 days' time commitment over 5 weeks. This included 7 scheduled, facilitated sessions, as well as self-paced learning resources. All session times are in BST (UK time zone).
Our live sessions will take place via Zoom, using a variety of online tools like Mural and Google Jamboards, but you will also be sent videos and resources to use on your own time. A good internet connection will ensure the best experience. There will be an option to turn on live captions during sessions.
After signing up, all participants will be contacted and there will be a chance to create an access plan together if needed. If you have any access questions before signing up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll focus on 5 levels of peer-led approaches, starting with the self and building gradually, finishing by looking at the wider ecosystem.
In peer-led approaches the individual cannot be a passive recipient, and intrinsic motivation really matters. How can we help people step into new roles?
Groups and communities are built on the strength of their smaller units. How can we design with pairs as a powerful building block?
The power of small groups for multiplying potential cannot be overstated. How can craft be applied to navigate group dynamics and pitfalls?
This level is all about the strategic application of peer-led approaches to achieve objectives. How can the power of peer-to-peer fuel your goal/s?
No peer-led intervention exists in a vacuum. What is going on in the wider context, and how can you work with this intentionally and strategically?
Some snapshots & resources from our training:
Huddlecraft 101 will be hosted by the Huddlecraft team - with lots of contributions from our Host Community too.
Zahra has been geeking out over the power of peer groups since 2016, although she suspects her interest has roots in childhood experiences of alternative education and Islamic gatherings. Zahra is co-founder of Huddlecraft and hosted our first 3 peer groups. Since then, Huddlecraft has hosted hundreds of people through peer-led experiences. Zahra’s background spans service design, system change and visual communication.
Anneka is a campaigns, partnerships and marketing professional with 17 years experience in establishing ventures and building communities. She has worked with TEDx, Impact Hub, and the University of Birmingham. Anneka set up Huddlecraft’s first Huddle outside London and she’s now leading on Money Movers, applying peer-led methodology to a complex challenge: how to support women to take #ClimateAction through their personal finances.
Kate has over fifteen years experience of working in learning and development, with a professional background in education and mental health. Kate’s expertise is in creating trusted spaces of connection, reflection and growth with diverse audiences and groups of peers. She is a trained and accredited coach and action learning facilitator and regularly holds reflective space for organisations and teams in the social and public sector.
Katie is a self-taught designer, whose work bridges visual, experience and web design. She cut her teeth as co-founder and service designer of Settle, a social enterprise that supports homeless young people moving into their first flat. A peer-learning superfan, she’s collaborated with Huddlecraft since 2017 as a Huddle participant and Host, before coming in-house as Design Lead in January 2022.
We've schedule all facilitated sessions at 1.15 - 3.30pm GMT/BST so that people in a wide variety of time zones can participate.
If you are interested in Huddlecraft 101 training but are unable to attend in May 2023, you can express interest for our November 2023 programme by filling out this form.
We strongly believe in the power of this work, so we've created various options to make Huddlecraft 101 accessible to a wide range of people. Please get in touch with any questions via email@example.com.
Note: We have some bursary places available. You can apply for a bursary when you sign up for the programme.
We look at all bursary applications together to ensure our limited bursary spaces go to those who need them most. If you apply for a bursary, you'll hear from us after booking has closed.
There is more information in our FAQs. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Daniel on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking for our May cohort will open in early 2023, and will close toward the end of April. For now, if you would like to register your interest, please do so via this form, and we'll be in touch when booking opens.
If you'd like to chat to a member of the team, please get in touch with email@example.com