Peer mentoring kick-off workshop


Do you need a sparring partner with whom you can discuss various work-related issues? In Kone Foundation's peer mentoring program, grantees form groups based on their interests and the support they need, and the groups will then select the topics they will focus on in a jointly agreed schedule during the spring. A new peer mentoring season will be kicked off with a joint workshop on Wednesday, 10 February, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. via Zoom.
Photo: Joel Haapamäki

In earlier seasons, participants have received support in topics such as the writing process, collaboration between artistic and scientific work, interacting with different audiences, self-management and leading a scientific and artistic project. Peer mentoring provides a low-threshold way for you to share and receive expertise as an equal conversation partner.


Kick-off workshop

In the kick-off workshop, participants will get to know their peers, find the right peer group and familiarise themselves with peer mentoring principles and practical tools. Participants will identify what kind of support they need in their working, as well as discuss how to support one another and create a confidential environment in the peer group.

Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 13:00 – 16:00
Place: Zoom video conference (link will be sent to participants)

13:00–13:15  Welcome words: Kalle Korhonen, Director of Research Funding & Ulla Tuomarla, Executive Director, Kone Foundation
13:15–14:00  Introduction: Principles and practical tools of peer mentoring.
14:00–14:05  Break
14:05–14:30  Discussions on peer mentoring themes in small groups.
14:30–14:35  Break
14:35–15:00  Reflecting together on the themes and forming the peer mentoring groups.
15:00–15:05  Break
15:05–15:45  The first meeting and planning moment of the peer mentoring groups.
15:45–16:00  Wrap up

No prior knowledge of peer mentoring is required for the workshop: it is enough that you are a Kone Foundation grant receiver, interested in the topic and willing to develop in your work in a meaningful way. Participants of the previous Kone Foundation’s peer mentoring seasons are also warmly welcome to join.

You can prepare for the kick-off by thinking what kind of support and in which themes you long for the most in your own working at the moment. Please let us know about your wishes in the sign-up form!

The workshop will be led by Virpi Haavisto, a professional coach and facilitator who is specialises in facilitating the work and leadership of creative experts. Her background is in work psychology, leadership and organisational behaviour. Haavisto’s research at the University of Art and Design has involved the creative work and emotions in creative work.


Mid-meeting and close-up session

The mentoring season will continue in the peer groups this spring. All participants will have a joint mid-meeting on 10 April from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., in which we will discuss about the groups’ mid-process thoughts, learn from each other, and help each other further according to the needs at hand. The mentoring programme will end with a joint close-up session on 22 September from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., in which experiences and learnings of the groups will be discussed.


There are 50 places available. We will be sending an email shortly to notify all who have been accepted in the programme.

Our events are discrimination-free zones where racism, sexism, discrimination based on disability or health (ableism), transphobia and homophobia in their broadest senses will not be tolerated.

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