With the increase of globalisation, ways of community living often become threatened or brought into question. Footnotes aims to support community projects that enable the individual to be part of a bigger, secure collective identity. Because Footnotes is applicable to all, it can be readily used as a tool for bringing people and vision together. Footnotes can challenge and bring change so that situations can be faced and managed, and problems turned into opportunities and breakthroughs.
Footnotes enables people to identify what community they have. Furthermore, how they can mobilise community. Users of Footnotes readily see new ways of bringing the diversities of community into workable, manageable projects. Even the ‘smallest’ talent of a community can be realised and utilised to bring a contribution whose managed output can be as important as the ‘greatest’ talent; nothing is wasted in moving forward and everyone’s voice can be heard.
Individuals pulling together a community project often come with very different ideas but possibly the same vision. Helping people identify how and when they would arrange a meeting, with the right parties involved and with reasonable and realistic goals agreed upon, can be quite a challenge. Footnotes helps so much in this situation because it doesn’t hold anyone back, not discriminating by age, background, culture or educational experience.
Through providing the opportunity to identify roles and shared goals, Footnotes can help individuals confidently initiate a community project. Once individuals know where they fit within the community vision, the organisational strategies that Footnotes offers can enable people at all levels and ages to share interactively as they gather, so that targets can be adjusted and most importantly realised.
Footnotes also provides community projects with strategies for pulling together, funding bids, feasibility studies, evaluation and feedback programmes, meetings, organisation, as well as other broad communication strategies.
Some examples of different community contexts are:
- — The creation of a ‘parish’ council initiative
- — An urban or rural business innovation project
- — Vulnerable people support networks
- — Regional governmental community schemes
- — Charity events and organisations
- — Not for profit organisations
These are a selection of some of the grid modules available ..
To find out about the modules that cover these topics, and many others, visit our grids page.
Training is available for people in all aspects of community life, from leaders, to staff, volunteers, supported groups or individuals, and adults and children of all ages and stages. It can take place in an auditorium or in your living room, via conferences, lectures, workshops, family sessions, or one-to-one online tutorials. You can find out more about what it means to be a visual multilayered thinker, learn in depth about specific Footnotes strategies that take your fancy, or even qualify as a facilitator of Footnotes, enabling you to work as an instructor in a variety of settings. These strategies are highly relevant to all sorts of community projects and can be applied in other fields as well.
To find out more about the various training options we offer, ranging from one-off sessions to a longer programme of support, visit this page.
Oliver West, creator and founder of Footnotes, offers visual multilayered thinking (VMT) awareness support, Footnotes consultation and bespoke training with you or your organisation. This could be in areas such as policy making, curriculum creation and management support, assessment strategies, and learning environment development.
Public Speaking & Motivational Awareness
You can also invite Oliver to speak at any event that you are organising. From conferences, to plenary and breakout presentations and even school assemblies.
“Youth and Community Worker – I recently read the book “In search of words – footnotes visual thinking techniques” by Oliver West. I found it a deeply moving book. As a dyslexic and visual thinker, so much of his book resonated with me. This is my journey, as I took notes, and then in words so it makes sense to others than me…” read more