From sustainability to mental health: stories of collaboration

You want your work to be bigger than yourself which means leaving your comfort zone and sharing control. Although collaboration is difficult you’ll find it easier with practice. This monthly workshop is a catalyst that connects you to people and inspires creativity.

• Learn from guest speakers Penny Walker (author, Working Collaboratively) and Laura Robertson (Clinical Psychologist, Positive Punch) about what works and what doesn’t. 

• Practice techniques and learn skills in a safe space (game-storming, improvisation, listening). 

• Share your ideas with peers and plan your collaboration programme.

Register now by choosing "RSVP". Tickets £10 (Impact Hub members: two drinks are included).

The Collaboration Workshop is organised by Impact Hub King’s Cross and #dareconf—people skills for digital workers.

Penny Walker: How to address sustainability by collaborating with others

Your organisation can’t solve big sustainability challenges on its own. But what if you collaborated with others? Collaboration means sharing decisions, resources, risks... and control. It means trusting others, sharing your weaknesses as well as your strengths and taking the time to find win-wins (or compromises). It requires a leap of faith, because you never know what will emerge from the chaotic early steps. 

In this workshop session Penny Walker—author of Working Collaborativelywill share the essence of successful collaboration:

• learn three characteristics that make collaboration different to working by yourself, and

• identify what you really want to get out of collaborating.

Laura Robertson: transforming mental health services for excluded young people

Positive Punch is a collaboration between Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Camden Council Integrated Youth Support Services, CAMHS (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) and a charity called MAC-UK (see video below). Young people set up projects that provide opportunities for them to engage with staff and receive support to improve their mental health and wellbeing that is both acceptable and accessible to them, using the Intergrate model.

Laura Robertson will share the challenges and lessons they learned from creating Positive Punch together. She’ll also open the discussion out for others to share what worked for them in similar situations.


• 6:30pm Arrive, get a drink 

• 6:45pm Welcome

• 7:00pm Penny Walker: How to address sustainability by collaborating with others 

• 7:30pm Break (get another drink)

• 7:45pm Laura Robertson: transforming mental health services for excluded young people

• 8:05pm Listening exercise

• 8:30pm Group discussion (barriers, solutions, next steps)

• 8:50pm Networking and drinks 

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  • Andy Paice

    Yes, it was very good meetup. Pleasure to meet you all. I enjoyed the presentations and loved the free form collaborative jam at the end.

    Yesterday I mentioned the Dynamic Facilitation method I work with which I'm very enthusiastic about. If it's of any interest to anyone this "Co-creative Dialogue for Meeting Practical Challenges" is a great paper written by a colleague of mine in the States of what is in my opinion cutting edge thinking on facilitating collaboration: https://d3gqux9sl0z33u.cloudfron...­

    Here's a recent blog I wrote about the little known but hugely promising steps in participatory democracy that are taking place in Austria. I'm trying to get something similar started in the UK. If anyone has any ideas on how to approach this I'd love to chat!­

    Keep up the fantastic work everyone!

    January 9

    • Penny Walker

      I'm always up for coffee - I'm based in North London. you can contact me on [masked]

      1 · January 10

    • Andy Paice

      Me too I'm in N.London. I'll be in touch!

      January 10

  • Roslan Bakri Zakaria


    I am from Malaysia and my wife and I are keen to join this session but would not be able to stay throughout the session. Is there a way for us to come, take a look around, have a chat about your awesome HUB, learn and have a chat?

    January 7

    • Jonathan Kahn

      Hi Roslan, you're welcome to take part in as much of the event as you're able to. It's easier for us if you register and pay online (choose "RSVP/ Yes" from the meetup page). Thanks!

      January 8

    • Roslan Bakri Zakaria

      Hey Dude,
      Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the session. I am leaving back to Malaysia on the 14th and I am trying hard to visit your HUB on Monday morning.
      Thanks again.

      January 9

  • Laura Robertson

    Thanks to all for a great evening. I really enjoyed learning from you and with you and sharing the story of MAC-UK. It was great to learn from Penny's knowledge and experience of collaboration. There was a warm, welcoming atmosphere and I'm looking forward to future collaboration events. Thanks very much for organising it.

    January 9

  • Deesha Chandra

    Me too all, i was so excited by the energy of the evening. Really looking forward to seeing you all at the next one!

    January 9

  • Tracy Affleck

    Hi, great to see you all last night. Some really interesting presentations and discussions and came away feeling inspired. See you all at the next!

    January 9

  • Rhiannon

    This was such a great session thank you so much to the organisers. I learnt a lot about collaboration and was inspired by the different people and knowledge in the room. Laura the work of MAC was particularly inspiring, keep it up!

    January 9

  • Penny Walker

    Thanks everyone for an inspiring evening - great to hear from Laura on her brilliant work, and also to get a glimpse of some other people's work e.g. Andrea's various projects and Eli's foodbank. In case you're interested in reading more, here's a link to Working Collaboratively - use PWP15 for a 15% discount.­

    For the facilitators, I blog a lot about facilitation techniques and concepts so please help yourself here:­

    Looking forward to sharing and learning more together!

    2 · January 9

  • Jonathan Munn

    Hey guys, Thought I'd throw out some links to the stuff I talked about briefly last night:

    This is a video from Seth Godin on quieting the lizard brain/thrashing, he did blog about it in 2010 I think but for the life of me I can't find it. But it's a great way to ensure a project sees the light of day -­

    The other thing I thought about was a follow on from @Penny who talked about starting with why. Simon Sinek has his Golden Circle which I've found really useful when establishing the purpose behind a project or decision -­ Finally, I whole heartedly recommend you read this book from Will McInnes called Culture Shock, he's a great guy and the co-founder of an awesome social digital agency in Brighton called Nixon McInnes­

    They work as a democratic company and collaboration is a huge driving force.

    1 · January 9

  • Kimo Quaintance

    Great meeting. High energy, focus, diversity and many good takeaways from the presenters and discussions. It was a great meetup in a cool venue - thank you!

    January 9

  • Jonathan Kahn

    Thanks to everyone who took part! A lovely group, informative talks from Penny and Laura, and lots of supportive and interesting ideas. See you at the next one!

    1 · January 9

  • Charlotte

    Lots of smart people in the room for interesting conversation. Really enjoyed it. The presentations were pitched exactly right, for me anyway! Being a UX fiend collaboration and facilitation are paramount. I learnt a few things. "Yes, and..." approach...

    January 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup. I left feeling a weight had been lifted. Really nice group of people, the exercises were very insightful, and the presentations were very interesting and inspiring. Thanks!

    January 8

  • Jonathan Munn

    Great bunch of people with some great ideas. Well organised and would highly recommend you attend.

    January 8

  • Roslan Bakri Zakaria

    Hi again ... :)

    And can I come and pay at the venue?

    January 7

  • Charlotte

    How many people, minimum, are you waiting for before running this? Am loitering or another reason; need to make sure other stars align so I can attend!

    December 11

    • Jonathan Kahn

      Hi Charlotte, this event is definitely going ahead! Hope to see you there.

      December 11

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