Nick Osborne

Group Skills trainer

Based in
Glastonbury, United Kingdom
Also teaches in nationally in the UK and internationally
Nick Osborne | Group Skills trainer

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I am involved in Transition Glastonbury, since July 2007, and am a member of the Transition Training pool in the UK.

My background is that I spent years as a social activist campaigning on social and environmental issues and eventually became disillusioned with campaigning. Instead I decided to promote constructive alternatives by developing Ecovillages in the late 1990s. I was involved in setting up a few projects, I visited and researched about 30 projects around the world and helped set up the Ecovillage Network in the UK.

Through these experiences in collective sustainable living, I learnt that the biggest obstacle to humans living sustainably on this planet is probably to do with the quality of our relationships, how well we can work together in groups to achieve common goals, learn together, think together and communicate effectively and resolve conflicts, even use conflict creatively. Compared to other aspects of our civilsation, it seems to me that for many of us, these social skills and technologies are pretty primitive, yet they are essential to achieving positive social change.

Since then I have dedicated myself to developing and learning such skills and equipping myself to share these by training others in them. So my passion and expertise in this work is about building the capacity of activist groups, who are working towards positive social change, to work really effectively. I now work independently as a Trainer & Consultant under the name Response-Ability, enhancing people's abiliy to respond creatively and flexibly to change and uncertainty, mostly in the Education and Civil sectors and love being involved in the transition movement.

I have 3 kids and am passionate about my family, social change for social justice and surfing!

Group Classes

Weaving Magic : creating & sustaining healthy & successful groups for transition

This course is designed for Transition Groups to help them become more effective, healthy, enjoyable to be in and ultimately sustainable - that means be able to sustain themselves ongoingly!

It can be delivered as a 2 hour overview, 1 day introduction or 2 day full course. It can be delivered to a whole transition group at a time as a form of support specifically for that group, or to people from many different groups as a training course.

The course will help participants identify difficult issues in their groups and provide pointers to or explore ways to resolve them.

The course covers the following areas:
- collaborative communication including the control and learning models of communication
- power, leadership and decision-making
- group purpose
- roles and tasks
- looking after ourselves and each other
- managing conflict
- running effective meetings

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available nationally in the UK
, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
by arrangement. If you contact me we can talk about arranging a course in your area
1-day course costs £295 to run the course- you invite up to 30 people and split the cost between them. 2-day course is £550.



Freelance training, using Accelerated Learning, Experiential Learning & creative training techniques, delivering courses for:

• Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

• Leap Confronting Conflict; for teachers and young people in schools in the creative use of conflict

• Changemakers; national educational charity, training teachers, youth workers in youth-led community action and social enterprise

• Transition Network; training for local communities in building capacity to respond to the ‘end of the age of cheap oil’ and climate change; creating local plans for reducing dependence on fossil fuels for food, energy, transport etc.

• Positively MAD (Making a Difference); study skills and personal development workshops in schools to help students learn how to learn and raise educational aspirations. Delivering workshops such as ‘Super Speed Study Skills’ and ‘Goal Mapping’.

Oct 2004

Change Processes & Organisation Development

• A variety of projects supporting organisations to develop and manage change including working for the Centre for Excellence in Leadership & Shell.

Jan 1998 - Feb 2009

Educational history

MSc in Management Development & Social Responsibility

September, 1999 - March, 2003
University of Bristol
An awesome course which went in-depth about various aspects of socially responsible management. Started from the place of recognising that in any of our work roles, we always take our own personal filters, habits, prejudices, emotional patterns etc. with us. It taught many skills of reflective practice to help us recognise such influences, account for them, take responsibility for them an help others do the same. All round a pretty profound experience!

A variety of different training courses

January, 1997 - October, 2008
• Playing with Fire, LEAP, Creative Use of Conflict • Think on Your Feet Communication Training • McQuaig System Psychometric Training • Certification to use Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats & other thinking tools in facilitation • Certification to deliver Six Thinking Hats training • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Training • Mediation Training • Permaculture, Ecovillage Design & Facilitating Decision-Making by Consensus • Mind Mapping

BSc Economics & Social Science

October, 1991 - June, 1994
University of Swansea
Lots of Wittgenstein!


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Last login: 12 years 16 weeks ago

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