Rhizome is here as a resource for you, whether you are part of a small community or campaigning group, a large NGO, a co-op, voluntary or community sector (VCS) organisation, a charity, nationwide campaign, coalition, partnership or network, or any other kind of organisation. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
We believe that if you get the process right, the results you are looking for will follow. We work with you to make your organisation or group – and the people within it – more resilient, effective and sustainable. Find out more about what we do.
We have experienced countless groups and organisations become more effective and successful, with the appropriate support. Between us we have decades of experience of working for social change as facilitators, trainers, mediators, community builders, activists and organisational development consultants. Find out more about us
We are a co-op providing facilitation, training and organisational development to NGOs and co‑operatives across the UK, activists and campaigners, community groups, and to those organisations that support activism in all its forms.
A rhizome is a resource for new growth. It’s a store of potential, a store of energy, a way of growing, a way of connecting. Rhizomes make a plant resilient – harder to weed out. Rhizomes allow plants to weather the lean times. They can be uprooted, divided and replanted only to come back all the stronger.
What we do
Rhizome designed and delivered a package of training and support to build on 38 Degrees’ success as an online campaigning organisation and to develop healthy local campaigning groups. By facilitating the development of this innovative model and by delivering a series of community-building regional events across the UK, Rhizome enabled novice and experienced campaigners to connect, resulting in a whole new relationship between 38 Degrees and its members.
Retail foods co-ops
Since 2012, Rhizome has worked with UK-based wholefoods co-ops including Essential, Suma, Unicorn Grocery, Green City Wholefoods, The 8th Day, Village Greens and Infinity Foods to train their staff in key skills and attitudes for effective group work. For each organisation, we designed and delivered a comprehensive training programme tailored to their specific context, including facilitation skills and participative decision-making.
London Cycling Campaign (LCC)
We facilitated an Open Space to give London Cycling Campaign participants the freedom to set their own agenda and discuss the issues most important to them. This participatory session enabled cycling campaigners to talk about how to involve all of London to support Space for Cycling. We’ve since been back to support LCC at another of their AGMs.
Effective facilitation of meetings, decision‑making and discussions are a vital element of a team’s success. Good facilitation enables better planning, goal-setting, governance and communication. Sometimes meetings drain energy and tensions take control, particularly when the going gets tough. A good facilitator will be able to support increased participation and better communication when it matters most. This hands-on […]