Recordings from the Action Space

On the 4th July 2020, the Solution Focused Collective hosted an Action Space event online. The event gave space to think together about actions that we can take to explore the use of the Solution-Focused approach in collective social actions for social change. Around 40 people attended from around the world and some important conversations took place and connections were made.

Two speakers provided insight into their own work and inspiration for the attendees.

Elliott Connie of the Solution Focused Universe (previously, Solution Focused University) talked passionately about his actions to improve diversity and, particularly racial equality within the Solution-Focused Community and some actions that allies could take to promote this important work.

You can view his talk on YouTube here: Elliott Connie

Ellie Williams, Director of Operations at Take Off, talked about how the organisation grew from a mental health service user forum into an independent charity commissioned to provide mental health services to the local populations of East and West Kent. TakeOff is unique in that everyone who works there is a mental health service user, making it the only fully service-user led mental health service in the UK.

Hear what Ellie had to say here: Ellie Williams

The Action Space event was completely free so were not able to pay the speakers, but we agreed to promote their choice for donations as a thank you to giving us their time and valued thoughts.

Even if you weren’t at the event, please consider donating to:

TakeOff – the UK’s only fully service-user led mental health service

Black Lives Matter – a global organisation to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.

In solidarity – statement on George Floyd

The Solution-Focused Collective stand in solidarity with people who are oppressed, disenfranchised and excluded and many of us work actively with clients to reduce the effect of these social ills.

We are appalled by the recent killing of George Floyd, a death that adds to many other black Americans who have met their death in police custody or police action. We believe the disproportionate use of force and lethal violence against the black and indigenous communities in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and many other places in the world are a result of systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism and slavery.

We will continue to work in any way that we can to reduce and reverse the effects of racism both in society and within ourselves and the Solution-Focused community.

Please join us on July 4th at our Action Space event where you can discuss actions you have taken, individually and collectively and what more we can do collectively to address this and other forms of social injustice. Please return for details of how to register which will be in a separate post.

And now in Bulgarian…

It’s really exciting to be able to announce yet another translation of the Solution Focused Manifesto – this time in Bulgarian. It does look really impressive in the cyrillic script.

The momentum with which the Manifesto is spreading is very heartening for those of us who believe that Solution Focused approaches can be used in the service of social change and activities to promote social justice. It seems to have inspired the imagination and hope at a time when the world needs it most (though when has it not?).

If you want to provide a translation in your language, please get in touch at solfocollective@gmail.com and we will add it to this growing list.

Welcome to the Solution-Focused Collective

This website is a new home for the Solution-Focused Collective, a loose and fluid grouping of solution-focused practitioners around the world who are all interested in and working towards social change. We’ve been working together to develop our Manifesto and share it with our colleagues, supporters and users.

It’s a new(ish) initiative although many of us have been quietly working on areas of social justice and social change individually or in groups. The Collective gives us a chance to work together, think together and to create collective actions. We hope also to create places for others to engage with our ideas such as the written word (articles and books), spaces for discussion (check out the Events page) and a focus for meetings or themes at conferences.

Please do take the time to read our Manifesto. Whether you are a practitioner, peer or supporter or just a curious member of the public, we hope you find inspiration and hope in our aspirations. Being together today we can make a difference tomorrow.