Befriend is inviting you to join us in a development opportunity like we’ve never done before! We’ve called it The Possibility Fellowship, and it’s a 12 week course that focuses on you, and your potential to create change.
Rich in games, theory and creativity, this journey will steward you through some big topics in an accessible, personal way. With a balanced blend of modern science and traditional wisdom, together, we’ll explore what it means to be human, oral storytelling, gifts discovery, social entrepreneurship, recent brain research and more… all whilst working with and on your own creative project!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a “grand idea” to make the world a better place just yet – we can simply start with the things you care about, and the difference you seek to make in your community, and go from there!
Is The Possibility Fellowship for you?
Maybe it is! Here are some questions that may help answer that question.
- Are you passionate about growing more inclusive communities for all?
- Do you or others close to you have first hand experience of barriers to belonging and participation?
- Are you longing to make a difference and uncertain of the best way forward?
- Or are you already actively engaged as a leader, policy maker, community connector, activist, scholar or social entrepreneur?
- Do you feel overwhelmed by all the ‘problems’ our world is facing?
- Are you looking for inspiration, hope and some fellow travellers?
In a nutshell…
Here’s what we have planned for The Fellowship over the 12 week period.
- An introductory weekend intensive to deep-dive into exploring who we are, why we’re here and some gentle introductions to some of the underpinning theories behind The Possibility Fellowship
- 5 face-to-face gatherings coupled with creative activities to complete in your own time and guest contributors
- One extended session midway through where we’ll share a potluck dinner and reflect together
- An invitation to meet with your small group between sessions for mutual support, learning and creative play
- The final weekend gathering is a festive celebration! Graduates of The Possibility Fellowship share the fruits of their explorations through dialogues, mini-workshops, storytelling, or in other creative ways, offering a window into your vision for inclusive community
Image from “Reconnecting Lives”, a collaborative learning event co-hosted by Befriend.
Is this in-person or online?
This course is in-person over the course of 12 weeks, with sessions held at The Platform on Adelaide Terrace. We are aiming to have no more than 18 people on the course.
Between sessions you and your fellows will be encouraged to catch-up online or in-person, so you can deepen your thinking and dreaming together in a supportive environment.
Meet Peter and Nicola, your hosts
Peter and Nicola are Befriend Hosts and Thinking Partners at Befriend. They’ve been nurturing the idea for The Possibility Fellowship for some time now and are excited to invite you to join them on this adventure. Both Nicola and Peter are Warm Data Lab Hosts certified by the International Bateson Institute in Sweden, and in the last year, have introduced the Befriend community to a number of warm data lab conversations!
Peter has experience in business, government and academia. He is a warrior for social justice, freedom and human potential. He has a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies and awards from Murdoch University and the Australian Government for outstanding contributions to student learning.
Nicola has a passion for nurturing authentic relationships and safe spaces in which people can open their hearts and minds and reflect together on what matters. She has Diplomas in Community Services and in Conservation & Land Management and is a graduate of Storytelling Beyond Words, at Emerson College in the UK. She has Master Facilitator certification in the Core Gift Discovery™ process.
|Saturday 3 September 2022||9am-4pm||Introductory Weekend|
|Sunday 4 September 2022||9am-4pm||Introductory Weekend|
|Saturday 17 September 2022||12pm-4pm||Gathering|
|Saturday 1 October 2022||12pm-4pm||Gathering|
|Saturday 15 October 2022||12pm-8pm (TBC)||Gathering|
|Saturday 29 October 2022||12-4pm||Gathering|
|Saturday 12 November 2022||12-4pm||Gathering|
|Friday 25 November 2022||7pm-8:30pm||Festive Sharing|
|Saturday 26 November 2022||9am-5pm||Festive Sharing|
|Sunday 27 November 2022||9am-5pm||Festive Sharing|
Fees and bursaries
This is a paid development opportunity for which we are able to offer generous discounts and bursaries. The full fee for the course is $2500, however, in your expression of interest, we wholeheartedly encourage you to offer an amount that is affordable, given your personal circumstances.
Please be assured that your fellowship application will not be affected by the amount you offer. We are looking for Possibility Fellows who are deeply committed to discovering and realising their own creative potential with a group of equally committed peers, so they can make a meaningful contribution towards more inclusive communities for the groups of people they most care about and feel connected to or identified with.
Submit an expression of interest
Feeling called to the Fellowship? Here’s what to do now.
- Register your interest for this program via the button below. This will take you to Humanitix where you can read more, and then, if and when you’re ready, ‘register for a free ticket’. In doing this, you will receive an email with a link to an online Expression of Interest (EOI).
- Please submit your EOI by midnight Saturday 6 August.
- Peter and Nicola will contact you to arrange an informal, personal chat by Zoom or by phone, just to confirm our program is what you’re looking for. You are very welcome to ask a friend, family member or someone who knows you well to join you in this call, too!
- Once you are invited to join The Fellowship, you will be invited to pay your nominated course fee.
If you have any queries, concerns or just need a hand to register, you can reach out to Peter or Nicola below.
“How do we think our way through the messes we’re in when the way we think is part of the mess?”
– Nora Bateson