1.3 ‘Connecting’ to build our team

All of the changemaker leaders enrolled in this course will have different motivations and as a cohort, if we are to work together successfully, we should share our driving motivations with the group. 


At Big Education, we believe that fundamental change only happens when there is a foundation of strong relationships. Fundamental, long-lasting changes can only be made in organisations in which there is a high level of trust.

So, how do we build trust? This is obviously a complex and long term process. However, one way to start building this straight away is through a process we call ‘connecting’. Connecting allows people the opportunity to get to know you as a whole person, rather than as a professional. It is a chance to share your motivations, your passions, or your worries. It might take the form of sharing something about you growing up, your family or how you spend your free time. At Big Education and our schools, we aim to build an element of ‘connecting’ into every meeting or event – this is a chance for the people to get to know each other and start (or continue) the process of building trust. In the video below, Big Education co-Director, Liz Robinson explores the ‘what, why and how’ of ‘connecting’.

Now it is your turn to make a connection with the cohort. Please introduce yourself (your name, your role/organisation, why you joined this course and what you are hoping to achieve) in our community space here.

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