Discovery Sessions 


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JOINING DISCOVERY SESSIONS

  • Typically there are 15 spaces per session, so all Fellows need to book places on Discovery Sessions in advance.

  • However, we do encourage and make remote attendance possible.

  • We're open to accommodating non-Fellows on a case by case basis so Fellows can invite colleagues who they think would benefit from attending particular sessions.

  • We operate under Chatham House rules but welcome guest bloggers or reviewers, providing they respect the confidence of those in the room.

About discovery sessions

‘Discovery Sessions’ are 90 minute sessions exploring a topic or skill. Some are one-offs. Some form part of a themed series. Our goal is that these sessions serve to heighten Fellows’ awareness and understanding of responsible leadership through meeting a broad cross section of thought leaders who are actively grappling with responsible leadership in practice. 

Objectives

  • Help Fellows explore the major forces shaping the wider environment such as the ageing workforce, mental health in the workplace, global sustainability, diversity and gender equality.

  • Expose Fellows to new and different ways of thinking.

  • Engage and inspire Fellows to take action on an issue or find ways to approach tackling it within their organisation.

  • Provide regular opportunities to build up a sense of community amongst the Fellows.

  • Enable private debate and discussion of dilemmas in small groups.

PRINCIPLES FOR DISCOVERY SESSIONS

  • Collaborative: We're all on a journey together, as equals. No-one knows all the answers.

  • Participatory: Engage the brains in the room with provocation, time for Q&A and discussion.

  • A safe space: We aim to create a neutral and non-commercial environment. Sessions are run on the Chatham House rule.

  • Not too serious: We want the sessions to be fun and engaging, and not too weighty (or worthy).

  • Good surroundings: We hold our sessions in variety of interesting and appropriate venues with refreshments provided.

“Only 1 in 8 children in UK from low income families stand a chance of becoming a high earner.”
“The future is decided by the things we do not discuss.”
“Productivity is linked to how we are managed, and yet we hire on technical ability, not people skills.”