Grow Your Own Leaders Course

Wed 26 April 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm FREE!
Grow Your Own Leaders Course - Morley College - London - England
On behalf of Morley College and Incredible Edible Lambeth I would like to invite you to take part in a leadership development programme aimed at food leaders like you.

We all want to put people at the heart of the food we create. What if here in Lambeth we produced, distributed and ate food in a way that

supported our community’s need to live healthily, socially, sustainably and affordably

enabled food producers, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to work effectively together

enabled us all to get more involved in meeting our own food needs

But we can’t do this on our own.

Many of the problems we face with how our food is grown, distributed, eaten – and sometimes wasted – don’t have easy answers. People locally and globally, whether citizens, local growers or large manufacturers, struggle to see the bigger picture, or understand how to make an impact. We need a different approach.

We are convening a group of up to 25 people for a 6 week programme to jointly create a better food system in Lambeth and beyond. Food growers, retailers, manufacturers, caterers, distributors, policy-makers, innovators, activists, writers – come and join us.

We will work with an approach known as U.Lab. This is a way of leading profound change that has been developed by action researchers at MIT, and practiced by leaders around the world for over 20 years.

Are you up for the challenge?

What previous Lambeth course participants said:

“A course which basically explains why the food system is broken, and gives you the tools and hope in how to fix them.”

“It’s a free/low cost course focussing on the community, change and activism – but with mindfulness and coaching thrown in. It’s really good!”

“Briefly, it is better experienced than described.”

Benefits to you

As a result of participating in the programme you will:

Learn new tools in listening, facilitation and connecting with others that you can take back to your organisation

Accelerate your ideas for a better Lambeth as part of a group of energetic and optimistic people

Build lasting relationships with changemakers in the borough

Get access to meeting space and resources to develop your ideas beyond the course


Week 0: Intro night Connect with others working in the food system. Vision what you want from the Lambeth food system by 2035, hear an overview of the U.Lab course with Q&A. Expect high energy and enthusiastic people – and of course food.

Week 1: Mapping the food system Develop a shared understanding of the food system – what is broken, what the power dynamics look like and areas for influence

Week 2: Connecting the personal to the group Practice a coaching circle, supporting each other in individual leadership challenges

Week 3: Bringing it all together Understand how Lambeth-based food growers, makers, retailers, innovators and redistributors work together, and discover the sweet spots for change

Week 4: Prototyping Get creative and build mock versions of your ideas in a group

Week 5: Developing Prototypes Build on what you started in Week 4 - get feedback fast and adapt your project

Week 6: Celebration and next steps



Each session will be on a Wednesday, will run from 6pm until 9.00pm. Please bring food to share.


Week 0: Wednesday 26th April (Launch)

Week 1: Wednesday 3rd May

Week 2: Wednesday 10th May

Week 3: Wednesday 17th May

Week 4: Wednesday 24th May

Week 5 Wednesday 7th June

Week 6: Wednesday 14th June


The course will be held at Morley College


Standard Fee - £105

(If you are on a low income or in receipt of any means tested benefit, you may not have to pay the fee)

Who is invited?

Everyone is invited to take part in the Grow Your Own Leaders course, provided they bring an open mind and a willingness to work with anyone and everyone. This course will focus on transforming the food system so we are particularly targeting people interested in food eg community food project organisers, campaigners, food industry professionals, food workers such as teachers or health workers, food business owners, gardeners, food writers. As Incredible Edible Lambeth says “If you eat you’re in!”.

Space limitations mean that there are a maximum of 25 places available – so please sign up soon if you can commit to the course. If you cannot commit straight away please sign up to the launch event to find out more.

How do I sign up?

Book here for the first session on 26th April and sign up for the full course there

I'd be delighted to chat further – do give me a call on 07961 342247.

Sue, Director, Incredible Edible Lambeth
Wed 26 April 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Road,
SE1 7HT, United Kingdom