๐Ÿ’ฅ Community ๐Ÿ’ฅled magic๐Ÿ’œ


Like so many good things, #CovMindTheGap started with feeling a bit aggrieved about something... And then doing something about it. In this case a couple of outrageous tweets, a fantastic 'let's just do it' response and ... community-led magic! You can read the Steller story here โ€“ and we are totally amazed and delighted that it has all come to fruition. And more. And it's here to stay. #CovMindTheGap is not just a one day event for Fab Change Day but a true social movement. ๐Ÿ’œ

An inspiration summit in the sunshine is perfect for firing the creative juices. Sometimes what you need is right on your doorstepโ€ฆ

Add a bit of #JAMM (Join a Movement and Mobilise) and it will soon spread!

It was interesting as our different personalities and skills came together. Some more keen on planning and some more keen on JFDI. You need both! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Just Do It! Forget your comfort zone! Some of the key lessons I have learnt from my 'Whose Shoes?' work, - especially the very crowd sourced and brilliant #MatExp campaign!

Innovation is huge fun. Sometimes you take a very circuitous route. Passion always get you there in the end! #CovMindTheGap has arrived.

We took our original idea and refined it a bit. What exactly were we be talking about? What is the gap?

And before we knew it, we were an 'official' Fab Change Day campaign!

And some very fabulous peopleโ€ฆ

Doing some very fabulous things to lift people's spirits and help them have healthy, happy lives!

I quickly wrote a piece for the Fab Change Day website. We were thrilled that they posted it the next day and were extremely helpful. But the Home Page still says there are only 12 campaigns (ours makes 13!) and we are not yet in the pledges app. Sometimes 'the system' takes longer to catch upโ€ฆ.

And Theatre Absolute had been very helpful providing a perfect community space and helping us set up

People were queueing at the door!!

We had crowdsourced all new scenarios

Heidi read a poem. She knew how her name should be spelt. But the computer 'said No' !

Anna came with her pens. Ready to capture all the key messages from the important conversations in the room

There was a lot of passion and some incredibly in-depth discussions

Fab Anna Geyer, my friend and favourite graphic facilitator, was kept incredibly busy with post-it notes pouring through as people from the community chatted with people from health, social care, public and voluntary services to see what needed to change... and what we could all do about it!

We had four different Andrews in the room: clever guys with a range of skills. This is one of the Andrews helping us to evaluate the impact!

And it was good to see people carrying on talking and continuing to connect after the session ended.

My friend Sarah made the selfie frames for my birthday party. We enjoyed dusting them down and re-decorating a bit for #CovMindTheGap! ๐Ÿ˜€

I could see mum was genuinely happy. She had loved the conversations and new connections. I was looking forward to finding out what she was going to tell her friends in her Assisted Living accommodation about her experiences, including 'the selfie frame'

And a selfie stick. You can only get 15 seconds of video on Steller It cuts off as Mum was saying they hardly had cameras in her day. "We had box cameras".

Before we knew it, it was time to go out on our 'magic mile' walk. And the sun was shining ๐Ÿ˜€!

The time simply flew. Soon it was time to go on our 'magic mile' walk

I felt really emotional as we stopped just around the corner and the Hereward College students who had contributed in the workshop started performing their contemporary interpretation of 'Mind The Gap. Wow!

And one or two street selfies! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Passionate storytelling! It felt traditional and very powerful. Our very own Speakers' Corner!

And some amazing spontaneous singing to wake up everyone in the Council offices! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Ž

And some big guys from the emergency services joined us. Luckily it was the Fire Brigade rather than the police... ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

And joined us as we continued the magic mile. It was very inclusive!

There were plenty of high-fives. It felt like quite a triumph as we really hadn't had a clue whether we could pull it off... ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

And 'back at the ranch', the Andrews were trying to get a grip on how it had all happened. Lovely Melissa drew them this chart of some of the connections. I was very flattered. I love making connections - but these wonderful people in Coventry were already an amazing community. We just needed to bounce off each other - and use some Twitter magic - to widen the reach a bit... ๐Ÿ˜‰

We started to look through some of the pledges. All the fantastic things that people were going to do, inspired by the workshop & vibrant conversations!

And the very next night, Helen Bevan talked about #CovMindTheGap in her presentation about 'leadership into the future' at the #HQT2016 conference in Ontario! One of my Canadian friends, Dr Susan Shaw, kindly tweeted it. The world is a small place these days!

I really loved this comment By fab Clare Wightman. Clare and the people at Grapevine Coventry really understand true co-production.


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