Leadership Development Day: Influence and Advocacy for Change

We are in a period of increasing awareness of the speed and severity of our environmental crisis and the interlinked challenges of inequality, declining wellbeing and increasing polarisation. Faced with these challenges to society, how can the cultural sector inspire and galvanise change. The Happy Museums Project’s frame of wellbeing for people, place and planet has supported positive change since 2011 through their work with over 70 UK museums and cultural organisations.

Join us to explore what it means to be an effective change-maker, how to bring your individual passions and concerns around the environment to your workplace setting.and have meaningful impact and influence through advocacy.

About the day

Through, presentations, case studies and workshop sessions, participants will explore strategies to advocate for change and develop their influencing style.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the role of cultural leaders as change makers in society within the Happy Museums’ framing.
  • Explore the key principles of Happy Museum and how they can be applied in a cultural context.
  • Examine the change they want to make and how to bring this about
  • Develop skills and confidence to communicate with impact
  • Learn how to use story-telling to inspire & motivate
  • Develop their influencing styles and how to reach different audiences
Who is it for?

The day is suitable for mid-career professionals and freelancers in museums and other cultural institutions who are seeking to bring their individual passions and concerns to their workplace setting and lead meaningful change through advocacy.

Facilitators and Speakers

Hilary Jennings, Director of the Happy Museum will be facilitating.

Contributors are Tony Butler, Happy Museum Founder and Director of Derby Museums and Sarah Cartwright, Freelance Coach and Trainer.

About The Happy Museum

Happy Museum works for the wellbeing of people, place and planet both now and for the future. For us, wellbeing and sustainability are a continuum – a spectrum from personal to planetary. Deep compassion and human values are at the heart of our work.

We are a community of museums and cultural organisations creating change and are committed to people, supporting them to lead and thrive as agents of change, positivity and innovation.

We convene and support those working in museums to enquire into the deep, complex challenges that we face. We create space, focus, provocation and permission to experiment, cutting across disciplines and hierarchies. We encourage people to collaborate and scale up our responses through networked action.

We expand and enrich our thinking with other voices and perspectives from beyond museums through connections with civil society and thought leaders – Common Cause Foundation, Rapid Transition, Ctrl Shift and others.

In all these ways, we raise aspirations, transform attitudes, spark new ideas, and build capabilities and skills. Members of the Happy Museum community have described the programme as:

‘A space to experiment with museum practice, through principles of care, inclusion and collaboration, in a critical time of change.’

‘A light in the darkness.’

‘Expanding my world.’

‘Working from the edge.’

‘Forcing us to do different kinds of collaboration.’

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