Polykala’s Active Bystander training enables participants to take safe and constructive action against discriminatory and harmful behaviour. Our training promotes a culture of decentralised social leadership. That means staff (irrespective of position) are supported to stand up for a just, fair and inclusive workplace or community.
Too often social leadership in the form of starting difficult conversations or holding people to account is left to people from minority backgrounds. Our society, we believe, can do much better. If all of us take responsibility for upholding inclusive tolerant social standards then more of us can develop a sense of belonging. Being an active bystander requires reflectivity, emotional intelligence, courage and a sense of humour. Making a difference is all of our business.
We begin by reflecting on what people reckon is ‘okay’ and what is ‘not okay’ within the workplace. We then offer a set of tools and behavioural frameworks to change workplace culture through interpersonal interventions. This can flow into wider workplace cultures creating social change. We do with using Forum theatre where participants are learning on their feet and embedding concepts in real-time.
- 1. Gain awareness of the barriers to bystander intervention.
- 2. Learn techniques to intervene with skill and finesse.
- 3. Be able to engage in ‘difficult conversations’ with greater effectiveness.
- 4. Recognise the potential for social leadership to create inclusive social norms.
Intention & Impact
Personal & Social barriers to intervention
Direct & indirect intervention techniques
Forum Theatre dynamic roleplay
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Active Bystander trainingBook a session for your workplace or organisation
- Workshop length: Half day (3-4 hours) or Full day (4-6 hours)
- 2 expert facilitators
- 10-25 participants
- Participant evaluation