Hi @grif, @Nico_Koenig. @Dirk_Uys and partners at Detroit, Multnomah, and Onondaga. I’m going to start this thread to provide some semi-real-time updates on the “quick and dirty” prototype that we’re doing with the earliest draft materials here in Pittsburgh before we share proper drafts with all of you.
Here’s what we’re doing:
Four community members are running through an adapted version of the Facilitator Training that P2PU published and that we saw in Boston. This is tailored to get our brave pioneers of peer-facilitation ready to…
…run learning circles in 2 library branches here in Pittsburgh. We chose neighborhoods that represent very different demographic and socioeconomic makeups. The volunteers will be supported by staff members, who will in turn be supported by us via the training that is being documented on the (super drafty) Staff Guide, which will become another deliverable of this project.
We will talk to everyone involved – peer-facilitators, staff, and participants – to get input about their experience with the training and the overall experience running learning circles in library branches. We’ll incorporate all of that feedback into draft materials that we’ll be working from as we kick off the full pilot in April next year.
We are also running a bit of a campaign to build support for learning circles and other non-formal adult learning at CLP and among our nonprofit community her in Pittsburgh with a whirlwind visit to Pittsburgh by Nico later this month. Here’s a look at his agenda. We’ll let you know it goes, and some of what we do here will go into guidelines for building support in your communities, even if you can’t fly Nico in to your town.
I’ll post more updates below, so please stay tuned.