Strategy into Action - How to be a top participatory strategic planner!

Objectives of the course
• Introduce specially-designed ten-step dynamic participatory strategic planning
• Demystify strategic planning language and approaches
• Identify your own strategic planning challenges and how to solve them
• Present participatory approaches to planning that you can use in your own organisations

What will I take away?
You will be able to create your own participatory strategic planning process using the ten-step framework, to make your planning, fun, motivating, and ensure by-in from all your team. You will be able to try out creative new facilitation ideas and techniques that can be adapted for any meeting; and learn key terms and concepts and how to think, lead and act strategically. All in a day’s work!

Facilitator: Esua Goldsmith, Anona Development Consultancy

Style: Participatory, experiential, dynamic, challenging - and fun!


9.30 Arrivals and Coffee

9.45 Introduction to the day
• Expectations of participants
• What’s the point of strategic planning when we’re all stressed out and don’t have time?
• Participatory planning principles

10.30 The Quick Strategy Quiz: “Everything you wanted to know about Strategic Planning but were afraid to ask!” Points win Prizes!

Introducing Anona Development 10-step participatory strategy process

11.30 Break

Strategy Surgery

  • “How can we?” How to identify and frame you Strategic Issues
  • Over to you! Your strategy challenges and group problem-solving

1.00 Lunch

1.30 How to Love your Theory of Change: how to spot one, make it work, and intriguing tools for developing a TOC

3.00 Break

3.15 Strategic Everything: strategic feminist leadership, management, impact

4.30 So, what will you do next, Strategists?
Ideas into action; Evaluation of training

5.00 Close

About the Trainer: Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith (Esua)

My Values: Participation, inclusion, and respect for diversity, creating a safe space for all participants to engage and contribute.

Background: I’m an independent facilitator, strategist, trainer and management development consultant, working for over thirty years with over 100 different NGOs nationally and internationally.  I specialise in diversity, gender, violence against women, race, human rights and women’s rights, and international development. Clients include Oxfam, Action Aid, Wateraid, British Council. I have extensive experience of working with the Women’s Movement, including WRC, European Women’s Lobby, Fawcett Society, Womankind, Women’s National Commission.

Experience: Former member of the UK Government delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995, Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission, Chair of the Fawcett Society, Chair and co-founder of the Gender and Development Network. Vice Chair of Action Aid UK, Trustee of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Currently Ambassador for Women’s Resource Centre.

×This course is funded if you are an organisation or project based in London working with those affected by sexual and domestic violence.

If you do not fulfil the above criteria the following applies:
If your organisation is a Member of WRC you will need to pay £25 for the full day
If your organisation is not a member of WRC you will need to pay £50 for the full day
 Please read our Training Policies about cancellations, late arrivals, etc. here.
Please note that we can only allow one participant per organisation.