Reflections: 3rd Ulab Hub meeting, 5th October 2016

‘Humans without hats’
“Is that the wrongness of them or is that the strongness of them?”

Three of us met in Elgin to catch up and explore ULab from a Moray Wellbeing Hub Champion perspective. Below are some notes and reflections on that discussion.

Core themes were human experience, moving beyond labels to connect with others in Ulab, and the theme of stigma in relation to mental illness and ULab – much of what Ulab asks us to connect with can also be viewed from an illness perspective as well as a positive one. Continue reading

Reflections: ULab taster 15th September 2016

Our journey in to Ulab started with a warm and friendly group in Elgin, 11 people took part over the course of the evening. Confusion was a shared feeling, but also a willingness to explore what this approach was all about. The space felt supportive and inclusive, with people helping each other to get started on their personal ULab journeys. Continue reading

ULab taster and Moray Wellbeing Hub ULab ‘hub’ Autumn 2016

ULab 2016 has already begun! But don’t worry, it’s not too late to join in. The programme began last week online, but we are still keen to help give people the chance to use this tool to create change for Moray.

ULab Taster

We will be running a taster this week on Thursday the 15th of September. It’s short notice, but we’d rather get some people together than have none! To decide if it’s a daytime event or an evening please register your interest in this poll.

ULab ‘hub’ on wellbeing in Moray

We will host our own ‘hub’ with a wellbeing focus starting next week. The date and time to be decided once we get our taster under way. This will be a group consisting of people who are doing the Ulab programme, but as ULab has started we will stagger ourselves to be two weeks behind the course initially till we see who is interested and where we all are in the course. If you would like to take part in this hub, please contact us.

Feeling confused? Don’t worry! We will work it all out together and enjoy a new learning experience that creates change together!

ULab: an overview

You are invited to join U. Lab, a free, global, online course, or MOOC, looking to develop skills around collaboration, co-production and thriving in the emergent future.

What is U.Lab?
(text taken from workforce Scotland)

U.Lab is a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and made available globally.  It blends e-learning (watching videos online and streamed live sessions) with face to face discussions in small groups.

  • It builds skills we need in working collaboratively
  • It is a highly participative approach – anyone can take part free of charge;
  • It builds on people’s and communities’ assets and strengths; and
  • It champions the use of improvement science.

U.Lab builds the quality of our awareness of ourselves and of the context we are working within.  Given the priority which the First Minister has given in the Programme for Government to increasing participation it is well aligned with our operating context right now.    Scottish-specific content will be available to participants with an interest in Scotland.

The opportunity and registration

There are 3 ways in which you can use U.Lab to help you in your own personal and professional development and in delivering your objectives:

  • Participate yourself in U.Lab.   It will require at least 3 hours per week of your time – much of it done online at times that suit you and some of it done in small groups (once per week).  Sign up for the MOOC on the Ed-X website. There is also a short video on how to register for the Scottish content.
  • You can suggest to your networks that they also participate and work with you on issues of common concern.
  • You might want to take a further step and host a hub – a meeting place for participants to engage together in the live sessions and collaborate as they bring their ideas into action.

Thank you to workforce Scotland for the above text. The Moray Wellbeing Hub will be hosting it’s own ‘hub’ looking at wellbeing related issues.