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u.lab Hub Host Programme 2018

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Edinburgh College

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Milton Road Campus, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2PP

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Do you want to enable your community or team to take steps in creating change? And do you want to run a hub to bring people together to collectively discover what is needed? As a hubhost you can create the space to do this. We invite you to join us at Edinburgh College from 12th to 14th of April 2018 for the second u.lab hub host programme in which you can learn about hub hosting, deepen your skills and/or learn how support a group through a change process based on Theory U. The intention of this second edition of the programme is to support you in realizing the change you want to see, using u.lab and the U process.

In September 2018 the course 'MITx u.lab: transforming business, society and self' will run again.

Hubs are helping people to translate insights into action, as well as co-creating with others. The physical space enhances the typical MOOC experience by providing group support for self-organized learning and co-creation. At a local level, hubs can help connect people around common interests. At a global level, the various hubs from around the world will be part of a network of hub hosts that exchange insights, experiences and knowledge.

This programme is a prototype supported by the Scottish Government, Edinburgh College and the Presencing Institute. We want to support new and existing hubhosts to improve understanding and skills in hosting hubs. After an amazing run of the first-ever hub host-programme last year, we will run a second edition this April. We're organising it in a way that we can offer a learning-space for the different generations of u.lab-hubhosts.

You are welcome to join:

1 - if you are new in u.lab* and/or never hosted a hub before

2 - if you've hosted before and want to deepen skills and knowledge

3 - as a team or organization with the clear intention to use u.lab as a vehicle for change and/or to learn more about how to facilitate a U process.

* The minimum we ask is that you do the online introductory u.lab course 'u.lab: Leading Change in Times of Disruption'. This will take you around 3 hours: https://www.edx.org/course/u-lab-leading-change-times-disruption-mitx-15-671-0x

Below you will find the general outline. Through the days we will work with the 3 different tracks described above, with their own pace and content. There will also be plenary moments so that we can grow and enjoy each other as a community, including a live (online) teaching from Arawana Hayashi about how to use Social Presencing Theater in hubs.

The design is under construction and it also depends on what you want to learn (let us know through this application form) but we will definately focus on the design of the hub(sessions), how to invite, host, harvest the process and outcomes. How to use SPT and how to do the inner work as a host (how to take care for our own interior quality!)

The overall outline:

Thu 12 April (all UK-time!)

3.30 Registration

4.30 Welcome and intention setting (Landing)

7.00 Dinner together (Community building)

Fri 13 april - special guest Arawana Hayashi online with us!

9.00 Start (Exploring)

1.30 Lunch

2.30 Start afternoon (Sensing and Presencing)

6.30 End

7.00 Dinner together

Sat 14 April

9.00 Start (Preparing)

1.30 Lunch

2.30 Start afternoon (Prototyping)

4.30 Closing programme (Leaving)

After the programme

Last year we hosted it in June (https://vimeo.com/223019214). We discovered this was too late because of the summer break and then u.lab starting in September. Learning from that experience, we scheduled earlier this time so that there is more time to prepare, to invite participants, prepare the space, your team, etcetera.

The time between this hub host programme and the start of u.lab in September will be used for online moments of support. The programme offers support to preparare, to develop as a team and to integrate with the global hub host community, aligned with the regular hub host support activities that PI organizes. And we invite you to collaborate with us, organizing local kick-off events between April and August.


What kind of hosting experience do I need to have to take part in this programme?

The programme is aimed at hosts of all levels of experience. We do ask you to have a clear intention to host a u.lab hub in Sept 2018. This may be in your community or organisation. We encourage first-time hosts and experienced hosts to sign up. With a mix of experience, we can learn from each other and sense into the next steps hubs can take to strengthen their role in the u.lab experience. Again; you need to have an understanding of the basics of Theory U and u.lab and that‘s why we ask for the pre-work which will take you around 3 hours.

What do the costs cover?


  • Dinner on 12 & 13 April

  • Breakfast and lunch on 13 & 14 April

  • Tea and coffee during the course.

  • All materials used during the programme.

A £50 donation to the Presencing Institute to acknowledge the use of materials and support the sustainability of the u.lab initiative.

Any surplus funds will be paid forward to future hub host capacity building initiatives.

What is not included in the costs?

Accommodation is not included in the fee. We have arranged a limited number of rooms at the Best Western Kings Manor Hotel next door to the venue. The discounted price is £65 per night room only if you book before Mon 26 Feb 2018. Please book directly with the hotel, Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm on 0131 468 8006 (direct line) or via email dawn.hanratty@kingsmanor.com, quoting “ULAB”.

Transportation to and from the venue is not covered.

Why are the participants based in Scotland funded for the programme?

The costs for Scottish participants (programme fees and accommodation if required) will be met by the Scottish Government as part of its on-going commitment to support u.lab in Scotland. It sees hub hosts as a crucial leverage point in supporting community empowerment through the growth and sustainability of u.practices. If you live in Scotland and book a funded space, a member of the team will contact you to discuss whether you need accommodation.

Who will you meet in the team?

We are a team of committed u.lab-hosts and supporters. We see hubs and their hosts as an important leverage or acupuncture point to amplify the impact of u.lab. We have all been part of the u.lab community and hosting hubs since 2015:

  • Simoon Fransen from the Netherlands is a member of the u.lab team. She started offering hub host support together with Julie Arts after hosting hubs in the first year of u.lab. She is educated in welfare management and human resources development, feels passionate about nature and loves to include nature(s wisdom) as much as possible in her work and life.

  • Nice Lazpita lives in the Basque Country. His goal is to find the way to integrate both people and organizations/systems for continuous evolutionary transformation. His specialties are Systemic work in consultancy and coaching, organizational constellations, U Theory and Spiral Dynamics and as a hubhost he has been a very active member of the hubhost-community from the beginning of u.lab.

  • Keira Oliver was part of the team that sparked the initiation of u.lab Scotland in 2015 and now supports the growth and sustainability of u.lab and u.practices in Scotland through her role in the Scottish Government. She has hosted a hub within her organisation and continues to be an enthusiastic host of u.lab Scotland. She is also a principal government social researcher and feels passionate about co-creating and sharing the evidence for the impact u.lab is having.

  • Valerie Jackman hosted a u.lab hub in 2016 and 2017 and is a lecturer in Management, Learning and Development, Coaching, and Human Resource Management at Edinburgh College. She has also spent several years as a tutor to new lecturers undertaking their Teaching Qualification in Further Education. She has experience delivering a variety of qualifications for a range of awarding bodies including CIPD, SQA, ILM, C&G and CMI. She also designs and delivers learning and development programmes for the college’s commercial client base.

  • Nuala Burns was part of the team that sparked u.lab in the regional government of the Provincie of North-Brabant (Netherlands) in 2015. She trains, facilitates and guides people in sparking sustainable organizational change within the government and educational field through co-creating, creative thinking, visual scribing and the U-process.

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

Edinburgh College Milton Road is in the East of Edinburgh.

By train: to Waverley Station (central Edinburgh) and then train to Brunstane.

By plane: to Edinburgh Airport. Then take the tram or airport bus to Princes St. Then take a train from Waverley to Brunstane, or a no. 4, 26 or 44 Lothian Bus from Princes St. The venue is a few minutes walk. Try this google map for details.

By bus: no. 4, 26 or 44 Lothian Bus from Princes St. The venue is a few minutes walk. Try this google map for details.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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What's the refund policy?

The amount paid minus a £120 cancellation/processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before 22 March 2018. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that date. We are not liable for an event cancellation due to weather, sickness, riots, epidemics, or acts of a higher power.

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