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#APConnect Connections Day

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Connections Day

Facilitator Lynne Taylerson writes on what happened when dozens of Advanced Practitioners from the #APConnect Constellation B community came together for a vibrant Connections Day around the theme of ‘connection’.

“The theme of connection is one highlighted in Brené Brown’s new book, ‘Atlas of the Heart’ , which the Advanced Practitioners (APs) have been working with, which defines connection as: ‘the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.’

The day gave APs the opportunity, as lead facilitator Lou Mycroft puts it to: ‘develop grounded confidence by practising the courage to walk alongside one another, listening with love and respect to each other’s stories’.

APs from across the FE sector collaborated in Ideas Rooms and Thinking Environments to support each other as they clarified and consolidated the quality improvement and community-building work they have been undertaking since September 2021.

Throughout the Connections Day, APs were encouraged to:

  • Review and articulate their #APConnect project as a practice of values
  • Take stock of their own leadership potential
  • Position themselves as an influential agent of affirmative change (a ‘lightmaker’) within their organisation.

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