Safe Spaces

When I’m not at work I’m involved in a local church, and the role I have means that recently I had to refresh my safeguarding training. The first instalment of the training is called ‘Creating Safer Spaces’, which included awareness of how the physical spaces that we occupy can influence safe behaviour.

A few days later, I’m back in the office and my mind wanders to the question, what does “safe space” mean here?

What we have created is a space that for many will be far removed from “Business As Usual”. A place where different things can happen. In the (attributed) words of Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” But doing things differently can be difficult when we are in our usual place.

So away from ‘normal’ life, with ‘normal’ expectations, we have found that Like Work But Different provides:

  • an environment where you are safe to think outside the box.
  • a space where you are safe to be creative.
  • a safe place for difficult questions to be asked and where radical solutions can be proposed.

It might seem a bit ‘out there’ and strange, but this safe place could be where your next big idea is waiting… 

 

First Fridays

During a recent visit to Sue and Steve Heatherington at The Waterside we were introduced to the idea of First Fridays – which we really liked. First Fridays are about making connections with like minded people, about becoming a community.

Our work and our life here revolve around making connections and learning from them; connecting knowledge, each other, nature, the past, present and future, connecting with who we are.
So in the best tradition of Renew, Reuse, Recycle, we have borrowed the idea of First Fridays for Like Work But Different.

Therefore, from March 1st (St David’s Day, very appropriate) and on the first Friday of every month thereafter, we will be opening The Hub to guests who want to just drop in, drink coffee and eat cake whilst thinking, reading, working, meeting…. All for free.

Find out more…

Next event: The Black Mountains Model Management Summit

As the world’s politicians and billionaires travel to Davos in sunny Switzerland this week, plans are well underway for the next event here.

The EA Model Management summit will be held here on February 20th.

Specialist users of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect will be meeting for a day of sharing experiences, problem solving and cake eating.

Who is it for?

  • EA Model Managers.
  • Learning together and building on each other’s ideas & experience
  • Tackling agreed common problems.
  • To develop and deliver transferable skills and solutions that can be applied to our models straight away.
  • It’s “Davos” for Large Enterprise Architect Models

We’ll be answering questions such as:

  • How can we maintain control of our architecture models?
  • What’s the best way to coordinate model contents across programmes and projects?
  • How can we improve the way we do model governance?
  • What can we do to make sure quality doesn’t drop as the model grows?
  • What’s really going on inside our models?
  • and much more

Places are still available – see http://www.abilityengineering.co.uk/index.php/events for more information and to book your place.