Chapter 14: “I’ve Seen You”

Jennifer Fraser, Moonisah Usman, Kate Carruthers Thomas, Mayed Ahmed, Anna Dolidze, Fathimath Zuruwath Zareer, Rumy Begum, Bradley Elliott, and Evgeniya Macleod

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This chapter represents an afternoon spent in conversation about partnership relationships at the University of Westminster. We aimed to collectively think through what makes partnership relationships transformative and what conditions are necessary to foster transformative learning. We also considered what success and failure might mean in co-creators projects and if these are useful ways of thinking about partnership. We employed this conversational methodology to foreground local experiential knowledge. The chapter is also illustrated with drawings from the session which capture the conversation and emerging thinking in a different form from traditional academic texts.

Reflection Questions for Readers

  • What does success mean to the members of your partnerships?
  • What methods can you use to foster discussion about success before, during, and after partnerships?
  • How is it possible to make space for an emphasis on process over product in your partnerships?
  • What methods can you use to ensure that program participants have a stake in the program itself and not just in their individual partnerships?