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MASTERCLASS: LEARN HOW TO ORGANISE AND FACILITATE YOUR OWN HELPATHON
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Volunteer wanted

After the success of our first masterclass ‘how to organise and facilitate a Helpathon’ we are happy to announce that we will organise a new 6 weeks masterclass series. With a minimum of 15 subscriptions we will communicate a starting date!


A Helpathon is an action-oriented rapid prototyping working method derived from hackathons which stimulates cross pollinations, co-creating and co-ownership. The masterclass consists of 6 hybrid lessons of 2 hours given by various Helpathon experts and active participation during Helpathon #5.


Besides the group lessons, we will read, listen, imagine and very importantly: practice! You will experience how it is to work with a Helpathon mindset. 


“What a great process is the Helpathon, I'm fan! The openness and willingness to get somewhere together is inspiring.” 


Programme 

Every week for the duration of 6 weeks there will be a group session of 2 hours given by various Helpathon experts. The practical assignments will take up around 6 hours per week for the duration of the course. 


Class 1: The helpathon practice and how it evolved.
Pepik Henneman from Meneer de Leeuw will share with us how the Helpathon practice started and how it evolved to where it is today. We will place the Helpathon in the context of the TPI transition and also take a step outside this field. 


Class 2:  The Helpathon mindset.

Mendel Bouwman can be called as the father of the Helpathon, the very first Helpathon came from his hand. Mendel will give us an insight in what we like to call ‘the Helpathon mindset’ A combination of helping each other and exploring together in a state of creative flow. 


Class 3: The question that matters, inviting the participants & preparing in detail.

Sue Gibbs, prof. at Amsterdam University Medical Center and ACTA will teach us the refinement of a good Helpathon question, the essential starting point of a Helpathon. Eva Malschaert from Meneer de Leeuw will show us the importance of a good preparation and will teach us how to prepare an online workspace for your Helpathon. 


Class 4: Open Space facilitating. 

Jantine Wijnja is an artist and Open Space expert. She facilitates the Open Space sessions during our TPI-Helpathons. Together with Jantine we will dive into the practice of Open Space facilitation. 


Class 5: Organizing coincidence. 

Jan de Dood from Meneer de Leeuw will share his views on what we call coincidence. The words 'organizing coincidence’ are coming from his hands and are essential in a Helpathon.  


Class 6:Post Helpathon, towards action. 

Carine van Schie was the very first one who initiated a Helpathon for the Dutch Burns Foundation in the Netherlands. Carine has experienced herself what a momentum a Helpathon can provoke, and how transformative this can be. For this class we will invite a couple of researchers who called for a Helpathon before, they will share with us their experience and there developments after the Helpathon 


2 days of active participation during Helpathon #5. 

The best way to learn is to fully experience it and to reflect on that experience. Therefore it is important that every participant of the course joins us during the full Helpathon and you will get the chance to practice something in the real setting. 


“I didn’t expect that I would learn so much for my personal life as well. To be more open to what is going to happen. And then looking back on it to see the learning moments.” 


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Learning outcomes
During this masterclass you will learn: 

  • how to work with open space technology 
  • how to work in a hybrid setting and prepare an online environment for this 
  • how to work with various (online) co-creation working tools 
  • about group dynamics and facilitating a group session
“I will use what I learned in this course to organize a Helpathon together with a group. But I will try to bring this feeling of creativity and joy of learning and experiencing into my other projects as well.” 


Costs 

Course fee 950,- (excl. VAT) This fee is including:

  • 6 classes of 2 hours
  • guidance, feedback and reflection during Helpathon #5
  • lunch (if we are able to meet each other in real life)
  • printed booklet with guidelines and theory about the Helpathon practice
  • a printed certificate
Note: If finances are limiting you or your organisation from taking part at this masterclass, we have some resources available to support financially. Please send your motivation letter to eva@meneerdeleeuw.nl and we will see where we can meet each other in the costs. 


Location

Due to corona restrictions the masterclass will be in a hybrid setting (a combination of online and real life). Our past 2 Helpathons and our first masterclass were in this hybride setting, we are confident that the online and real life participants will experience an engaging and active course. The real life participants are welcome to join us in our studio at the Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam.  

Summary Helpathon Protocol

A Helpathon should preferably take place for a minimum of 24 consecutive hours. Spending a night over it helps to process what you have thought up and what you have observed. A night's sleep also provides room for new insights or ideas. A Helpathon takes place with at least eight people. That guarantees the dynamics.


It is important to formulate the right question in the right invitation in advance to develop the framework within which the Helpathon takes place. A Helpathon starts with a synchronization phase lasting at least half a day. This phase is based on Open Space Technology and therefore has no predetermined agenda. Everything that participants find important in relation to the central question - the theme of the Helpathon - is covered. 


A Helpathon is a makerspace. The making starts with an "power to imagination" session, in which solutions are described as if they already exist. This phase is interrupted with a night's sleep. That is a natural way to filter ideas and reset information. The next day the ideas that last are tried out further. The Helpathon ends with a festive presentation of the results to those involved and interested people from the participants network.


“Since we started with this course I've noticed a lot of stuff that I didn’t notice before. Of course those things were there before but I start noticing this now.” 



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