A blog from one of our 2020 Participants, Nick Stoneman
Our March 2020 session was set in stone, and we were ready to roll from our respective parts of New Zealand to converge on the City of Sails, also known as Auckland. Then along came Covid 19 – throwing all our plans out the window. However, we all managed to get ourselves adjusted to the new normal and move quickly to online Zoom sessions.
Some of the other participants hadn’t used Zoom before, so that led to some fun and active practice! In the end we all adjusted to our new surroundings and took on the challenge of using the online platform.
The first speaker for this session was Major Campbell Roberts – Founding Director of The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. Campbell’s presentation was very powerful and informative, and showed us just under-prepared we are as a country to handle the increases not only in the welfare sector, but in society as a whole. Through sharing his extensive experience of working within the Housing sector, Major Roberts showed that it’s so very important to work alongside whoever is in leadership. The Q&A session at the end proved very thought-provoking for all the leaders in the virtual “room”.
Towards the end of day one, we were joined in our new virtual bubbles by Minnie B and, as always, it’s great to hear from Minnie and find out what is new in the world of Possibility. We were then put into “breakout rooms” and given time to talk in smaller groups. By the end of day one we were all very full of knowledge and feeling further empowered to take on the next challenge of day two of our March session.
I am looking forward to our next sessions already and hope that before too long we can again be travelling this great country we call home and be together in a room in the City of Sails and catching up with everyone in person.