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Greater Manchester since 1975

Good morning 

You are invited to attend our upcoming event: 'Learning from Failure – Airing our dirty laundry'. Please note that this is an in-person event. 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations are usually encouraged to focus on successes to demonstrate to funders and policymakers that they deliver impact and value for money. Such polished success stories hide the fact that elements of failure are a natural part of most projects. 

Nobody likes talking about failure, but doing so could help us unlock useful insights not only about what works but how it works. GMCVO has worked with members of the Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network to organise a free one-day event that hopes to change this.

This event invites participants to begin to talk about when something went wrong, about problems that presented themselves, when projects took an unexpected turn and required adaptation, and what we can learn from these. 

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2022
Time: 9:45am arrival for 10am start, until 4:15pm
Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
How to book: Register online here

This event is for staff, volunteers and researchers based in the VCSE in Greater Manchester, as well as funders and commissioners, for a day of reflections and discussions about what failure means and how telling stories of failure can enable organisational learning. 

It is a chance for participants to:

The event will combine informative and entertaining presentations about learning from failure on the one hand and smaller working groups where experiences and approaches to integrating a learning culture into daily work can be discussed in a protected atmosphere. The aim is to provide a supportive space that will encourage participants to reflect about the problem-solving that is inherent in delivering projects in order to begin developing their own stories about ‘failure’. 

To register please click here.

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Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester, M12 6FZ

0161 277 1000

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