Face-to-face courses

Free your thinking

Face-to-face courses with Martin Sandbrook

Many of the people who come on Martin’s courses experience a real sense of relief as the penny drops and they realise there isn’t a single solution to the problems and challenges they face in their life and at work. We call this their ‘aha experience’. Once this happens, the world starts to make more sense, possibly for the first time – and exciting things begin to happen.

Martin offers three courses - Free Your Thinking, Deepen Your Thinking and Reflect on your Thinking. 

Free Your Thinking 

Come and learn how to free yourself from the constraints of current thinking. Not only will it open your eyes to more effective ways to deal with the messy, complex and uncertain world you live in, it will also give you a valuable approach to life, work and relationships that will stay with you for years to come.

Duration: One day

Where: London – 22nd February 2018, 9.30am to 5pm. 
Young Foundation, 18 Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PF
Price: £145 per head, including lunch

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Bristol – 20th March 2018, 9.30am to 5pm.
Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN
Price: £125 per head (lunch is available in the Create Centre Café)

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This course is also available in-house for your organisation or community. For more information, please contact Martin Sandbrook by using the Register Interest button in the left-hand sidebar.

Deepen Your Thinking
A more in-depth version of Free Your Thinking , Deepen Your Thinking does what it says on the tin, giving you even more freedom and lasting learning.

Duration: 3 two-day workshops, each on Friday and Saturday. 

First workshop – Bristol, 9/10 March 2018
Second workshop – 18/19 May 2018 (venue to be decided at the first workshop)
Third workshop – 6/7 July (ditto)
Price: £575 per person (excluding cost of accommodation)
For more information about this course, please contact Martin Sandbrook by using the Register Interest button in the left-hand sidebar. Bursaries are available.

These courses will give you valuable knowledge and skills:

Knowledge: You will:

  • Become familiar with how you see the world and the effect this has on how you act.
  • Shift from a ‘thing’ to a ‘relationship’ view of the world.
  • Consider the prevailing way of seeing the world – how we take it to pieces to understand it, how we assume everything can be measured, analysed, diagnosed and fixed.
  • Explore how the world really is – inter-dependent, complex and uncertain.
  • Become familiar with the characteristics of systems, in particular, complex systems.
  • Open your awareness to a different way of seeing and being in the world – free up your creativity to deal effectively with complex problems – what we call ‘Systems Thinking’.

Skills: You will be able to:

  • Make use of this freedom – applying this new awareness in practice to a challenge you face, working towards a solution, through ‘action experiment’ and other systemic approaches.
  • Think more effectively, to solve problems and deal with complex systems.
  • Inquire and experiment, while being aware of yourself in action.
  • Lead effectively, whether this be yourself or others.

Reflect on your Thinking
Martin also leads regular two-hour sessions, roughly two months apart,  where you can reflect on and develop experiments with others whose thinking has been liberated.

Are these courses very technical? No, not at all. It’s all about freeing you to connect with new ways of knowing and dealing with the world, which you may already know about and use.

What happens if I want to deepen my understanding? Our two-day course, Deepen Your Thinking is also available over a two-month period. Spreading it out helps to deepen and embed your learning. We also offer regular sessions to Reflect on your Thinking,  keeping your learning and new freedom alive.

What sort of people have been on previous courses? Participants on Martin’s courses have come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds. Unilever, Bristol’s Golden Key Partnership, Aberdeen City, Defra, CGL, Bristol Green Capital, Community Land Trust, Swansea City Sustainability, and many others.

What previous participants say?
People who have been on our courses talk about feeling really connected with the world for the first time. Many say some inner knowledge, which they were only dimly aware of, has been brought to the surface and released.

 

"Attending Martin’s course on System Thinking was an enlightening and even life changing experience. It opened my mind and heart to see the world in a systemic way which is something I now carry with me in everything I do, from my personal to my professional life. Martin is a skilful teacher, knowledgable and humble, who, combined with his extensive professional experience, is able to make  the course engaging, inspiring and fun at the same time!
After the course I invited Martin to do a short version of it during a sustainability workshop I was running at my workplace (Unilever) which was very successful. Martin delivered a great session tailor-made for senior leaders, helping those professionals to incorporate system thinking in their workplace.
The System Thinking course with Martin Sandbrook is a must for everyone who wants to better understand the complexity of the world we are living in and at the same time wants to be a positive agent of change in their personal or professional lives."
 

“You paved the way for a great expansion in my thinking.”

“The real ah-ha moment for me was when you explained the difference between complicated and complex. I became aware of my own assumptions and beliefs, of other perspectives, and of different ways of knowing – especially intuition, experience and emotion.
You also reawakened my spirit of inquiry. For the first time in my life, I really connected with what it means to learn and be open to new information."

“But the real shift was to see that most of what we deal with is complex and uncertain and needs to be dealt with accordingly. That my view of the world is shaped by my assumptions and beliefs. If I change these, I change my view. This is particularly true of boundaries."

“Difficult situations often make us feel trapped. Systems thinking frees me from the box I am trapped in. It reminds me that the box only exists in my mind and imagination – it is not physically real".