GLIDE – Radical Collaboration

A fully funded course for ambitious professionals who want to grow their business through collaboration.

The ability to work collaboratively both inside and outside of your organisation has huge benefits for ambitious and growing companies. Effective collaboration is a powerful business tool that can lead to greater innovation, improved competitiveness and financial savings.

Successful enterprises are putting purpose first, embracing fragmentation and making the most of a new collaborative landscape to build sustainable networks around ideas as much as products.

If this sounds like you then GLIDE – Radical Collaboration, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Buckinghamshire New University, is a must.

Through online webinars, interactive workshops and 1:1 coaching, completing this course will give you the skills and knowledge to make the most of contemporary tools, collaboration opportunities and social business models.

GLIDE Radical Collaboration, A practical course to unlock new networks

What does the course entail?

  • Takes place over 6 weeks starting March 29th (you can still register after the start date and access recordings of webinars missed)
  • It is modular, so you can select the most appropriate modules for your learning
  • To complete the course you must undertake 12 hours from the modules available

Scroll down to see details about all modules of the course.

GLIDE also offers the opportunity to receive a £1,000 – £2,000 grant. The grant will be matched on a two thirds to one third basis. This means that for every £2 you invest in your own business, the programme will add £1. (Grants will be allocated based on an application and assessment basis. Terms and conditions apply.)

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  1. Click the button below to complete the registration form
  2. After submitting the form keep your browser open and sign a Beneficiary Proposal document
  3. You will receive a starter pack with course outline and video to watch via email
  4. Choose your path through the course
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GLIDE Radical Collaboration course journey flow chart

Course schedule

GLIDE RADICAL COLLABORATION LAUNCH

Webinar: Tuesday 29th March 14:30-16:30

The Participation Revolution book front cover

Keynote speaker: Neil Gibb

Neil Gibb has always been in the business of transformation, one way or another. He works as a business consultant, enterprise designer and coach.

In 2018 Neil published The Participation Revolution which has been a WH Smith’s bestseller. It starts with a quote from John Kabat Zin “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf,” which captures the essence of both his philosophy and TEDxBradford talk.

Neil Gibb has worked for over 20 years with companies large and small, helping them apply new thinking and technology to improve their businesses. His clients have ranged from Shell, Barclays, the European Space Agency and the Nationwide Building Society to dozens of small tech firms, including currently a cryptocurrency and AI start-up and a data analytics company.

WHY COLLABORATE?

Webinar: Tuesday 5th April 14:30-16:30

Facilitator: Meg Fenn

Special guest: Dan Pritchard – MD, Astley Media / Co-founder, Tech South West

  • Introduction to networking and collaboration
  • Giving yourself permission to start things for yourself
  • Standing out in a crowd
  • The foundations to build on

WHERE ARE YOU?

Facilitated Zoom session: Thursday 7th April 10:00-12:00

Workshop facilitators: Meg Fenn and Lucy Paine

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Defining your mission and values for networking activity
  • Market research activity

HOW TO FIND COLLABORATORS

Webinar: Tuesday 12th April 14:30-16:30

Facilitator: Heather Barrie – Director, Harries Coffee

  • The collaborator’s mindset
  • Collaborator analysis
  • Overcoming fear
  • The legal and practical considerations
  • Sharing your mission

FINDING YOUR TRIBE

Facilitated Zoom session: Thursday 14th April 10:00-12:00

Workshop facilitators: Meg Fenn and Lucy Paine

  • Standing Out in a Crowd activity
  • Online network building
  • The collaborator’s mindset
  • Launching a network yourself

BEING A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Webinar: Tuesday 19th April 14:30-16:30

Facilitator: Sara Osterholzer – The Good Business Club

  • How to be purposeful
  • Sharing value and benefits, not selling features and products
  • The social entrepreneur’s start-up toolkit

YOU ARE HERE!

Facilitated Zoom session: Thursday 21st April 10:00-12:00

Workshop facilitators: Meg Fenn and Lucy Paine

  • Telling a compelling story
  • ‘Sharpening your elbows’: how to push ideas that excite you
  • Measuring impact: feel confident to ‘get out there’

USING NETWORKS TO SCALE YOUR IDEA

Webinar panel event: Tuesday 26th April 14:30-16:30

Chaired by: Richard Freeman – CEO, always possible

Panellists:
Natasha Allden, CEO, MULTIPLY Global Ltd
Paul Richards, Founder and CEO, Stay Up Late
Toni Finnemore, Founder, The Social Society

  • Introduction to national networking groups, tools and support
  • Briefings on how to get the most out of collaborating and confident, contemporary networking groups

DEVELOPMENT SURGERIES

Bookable 1:1 sessions during weeks commencing 3rd May and 10th May

Strictly limited number of spaces to speak to one of our experts one-to-one. Complete 10hrs of other activity to unlock the opportunity to book a session.

GLIDE CLOSING KEYNOTE

Webinar: Tuesday 3rd May 14:30-16:30

May King TsangKeynote speaker: May King Tsang – The Original #FOMOCreator

May King supports clients in building communities online and is a master at ‘mayking’ your product, something truly unmissable.

Closing the Glide programme, May King will be sharing top tips on how you can build your community, how you can #HelpShareCollaborate and how to reach new audiences and create that buzz, excitement and FOMO around your business.

Testimonials

Here’s what participants said about previous GLIDE programmes:

Emma was really great at communicating a straight forward way to approach business planning.

Absolutely loved both Meg and Jody’s sessions, SO many takeouts it’s hard to just choose one.

This has been such an interesting and valuable session. Thank you for sharing such golden content.


The Radical Collaboration course is delivered by always possible as part of the GLIDE project, on behalf of Buckinghamshire New University and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme.

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