Collaboration of the Collectives
November 2, 2017


Growing our Equalities Team
October 12, 2017

At Zebra we’re currently rebuilding our equalities team. Seven potential associates joined us recently for a Saturday session at Plymouth Library to hear about the history, values, style and current programme of our equalities work. There followed a brilliant conversation about possibilities, and each person shared how they’d like to be involved. Here were 7 strong┬ácandidates, all of whom we’d like to work with.

Our work in equality (inclusion / challenging discrimination / cultural capability / power & privilege) has new energy and real potential for development and growing impact.

Cornwall Council Child & Families Services: training contracts in (a) Promoting Inclusion & Challenging Discrimination, and (b) Cultural Capability
October 12, 2017

We’re pleased at our successful bid to retain these two contracts, allowing us to continue our long-term relationship with Cornwall Council on equality, inclusion and cultural capability. This complements our ongoing solution-focused work with the Council. Sessions begin in November.


SF World Conference, Bad Soden, Germany, 22-24 September 2017
October 12, 2017

I had the good fortune to be here, and my best hopes – of learning lots from multifarious workshops; of developing my thinking through the critical thinking and academic rigour evident in the discussions; and of being immersed in a sea of solution-focused practitioners – were outstripped.

I ran a workshop on SF Reflecting Teams, introducing the model then facilitating a real session in the room. The feedback was good and I think there’s scope to run something similar at next year’s conference – in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Travelled by train, and the quality improved as I moved east, from Great Western to Eurostar to France’s TGV bullet train from Paris to Frankfurt (cruising – floating – at 200mph). Given the environmental impact of aviation, it was good that Zebra Collective could demonstrate that rail is an option even over these kinds of distances. I worked plenty on the train. To a significant extent, “I don’t have time” is a mindset, and how it’s affecting things out there.

Marc Gardiner