UNICEF GEROS Design Conclave

Tim will be sitting in Cafe Eighteen71 (on the ground floor of the Guildhall) for breakfast coffee from 8am on Wednesday for those participants who would like to meet in advance and go to the meeting room together.

Winchester, England

2-3 March 2016


The full draft agenda is now available for viewing commenting, and downloading on Google Docs.

The overall purpose of the conclave is to review and interpret the independent recommendations for revising GEROS so as to produce the following by the end of the 2 days:
1) A draft version of a new GEROS tool;
2) An mutually agreed “Road Map” for GEROS implementation.

Implicit within these is the establishment of a shared set of language, principles, and standards for the successful realisation of the GEROS vision; in addition to inter- and intra-team rapport and understanding.

The proposed approach to achieving these aims is structuring the conclave as a ‘design workshop’. This focuses on a series of distinct spaces, each of which require their own mindset and process in order to create something new.

In this instance we will apply the CHILD design wave, an approach based on substantive design experience and jointly developed and refined by The CHILD Trust and ImpactReady.

The ‘C’ Space: Challenges. Focusing on the way the world is and scoping the problem that we want to solve. This includes seeing the world through the eyes of others who face the issues that we want to solve. This is the ‘What’. We do not jump to conclusions about how to solve these challenges, but focus on fully exploring them and articulating the mechanisms and institutions by which they have inherency.

The ‘H’ Space: Hopes. Focusing on our vision of the future – describing a positive version of the world that we want to see. Once again, this looks through the eyes of our target groups to articulate how they experience this imagined future. This is the ‘Why’: and once again we do not jump to conclusions about how to get to this future. We describe a vision of the future that goes beyond the ‘absence’ of the challenges.

The ‘I’ Space: Ideation. Here we enter a phase of pure creativity – ideating as many possibilities of how to move from the ‘C Space’ to the ‘H Space’. Nothing is off limits, and all ideas are welcome and captured. We build on each other’s ideas during this phase, there is no critique or filtering. Eventually we end up with many different ideas and possibilities to explore.

The ‘L’ Space: Leadership. Equipped with our understanding of the present and our vision of the future we begin to filter and refine our list of ideas. We do so through asking the question of ‘what is needed here to move the situation forward. We try to understand why the changes we want to see have not happened to date, and thus identify what intervention(s) that we can make will best contribute to ‘moving the needle’.

The ‘D’ Space: Development. This is a phase of iterative testing and improvement of the interventions/ideas selected during the ‘L Space’. It involves the refinement of the ‘How’ by which we will create the change that we want to see; including outlining the management structures and processes needed to implement our solution successfully.

The City of Winchester

A city steeped in history, Winchester is England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. It is locate 20 minutes north of Southampton and 1 hour south of London.

Winchester developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum, which in turn developed from an Iron Age oppidum. Winchester’s major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the distinction of having the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe.

The city is home to the University of Winchester, Winchester School of Art, and Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom still to be using its original buildings.

Read more about visiting Winchester

Conclave Location

The conclave will be held in Winchester Guildhall, in the centre of the city. Our event will take place in the Saint Cross room, on the third floor of the main building.

To access the Guildhall there are two main entrances at the front of the building, one at street level and one at the top of the main staircase. From either entrance, find the elevator or main stairs and go straight to the 3rd floor. The Saint Cross room is clearly labelled on the door.

On the first day, one of the ImpactReady Senior Partners will arrange to have an informal breakfast gathering in a nearby café (to be advised) so that anyone who wishes can join and then go to the meeting room together.

Both days will start at 8.30am and run till 6pm. Lunch and coffees are provided for.

On the evening of 2 March, ImpactReady will arrange for a shared dinner in the evening. More details on this will be provided nearer the time.

Getting to Winchester

The easiest airport for Winchester is London Heathrow (LHR). Almost all airlines fly in and out of Heathrow, the main London airport. Onward travel from other London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City) is more difficult and not recommended.

The easiest and cheapest transfer from Heathrow is National Express Coaches, a direct bus service from any terminal to Winchester. There are National Express ticket offices in Heathrow Terminals 4, 5 and Central Bus Station (for all other terminals). A one-way ticket to Winchester costs about £20 and the journey takes just over 1 hour. The buses have wifi, seat belts, and leather reclining seats.

Alternative transport options are to transfer to Winchester by train from London on South West Trains. Whilst there are no direct train links from Heathrow to Winchester, trains do run directly from Central London (Waterloo Station) every 30 minutes throughout the day. It is also possible to transfer to the train line on a special Rail Air bus from Heathrow to Woking Station (booked via National Express). Overall, train travel is more expensive than the bus and, unless you want to visit Central London, less convenient in this case.

Taxi travel from Heathrow is extremely expensive, and not recommended. However, we sometimes arrange for private hire cars from West Quay Cars who have always be reliable. A one-way trip costs about £95, and we can help arrange this if required.

As an alternative to Heathrow, it is also possible to fly to Southampton Airport. Two major carriers operate connections to Southampton, KLM and Air France. Of these, we strongly recommend KLM since Air France connections fly from Paris Orly and not Charles de Gaulle – requiring a cross-city transfer. Onward travel from Southampton Airport is easy, with either a direct train link to Winchester or affordable taxis that can be booked on arrival.

Where to Stay

The closest hotel to the Guildhall and to the Cathedral is Mecure Winchester Wessex. This is a modern building with rooms currently available for around £80.

If you would like to take the opportunity to stay in a more traditional building, then Booking.com has rooms available in several locations in the City Centre for a similar amount. There is limited availability and so we suggest booking something soon. We recommend staying in the centre of the City as Winchester is a beautiful location to walk around.

Winchester has limited options in terms of AirBnB. However, we can investigate private bed and breakfast options if this is your preference.