Peer mentoring kick-off workshop


Do you need a sparring partner with whom you could discuss various work-related issues? In Kone Foundation's peer mentoring, grant receivers form groups based on their interests and the support they need, and the groups will then select the topics they will work with in a jointly agreed schedule during the spring. A new peer mentoring season will be kicked off with a joint workshop at Lauttasaari Manor on Wednesday February 5th.
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Time and place: Wednesday 5 February, 1 pm – 4 pm, Lauttasaari Manor (Otavantie 10, Helsinki, accessible entrance from Kauppaneuvoksentie)

The Foundation encourages mutual interaction between its grant receivers, with mentoring being one of the tools for this. Peer mentoring provides a low-threshold way for you to share and receive expertise as an equal conversation partner.

In the kick-off workshop, participants will familiarise themselves with peer mentoring principles and learn practical tools for the peer mentoring process. In addition, participants will identify what kind of support they need in their working, and peer mentoring groups will be formed.

One can prepare to the kick-off workshop by thinking: what kind of support do you long the most for in your own working at the moment. No prior knowledge of peer mentoring is required for the workshop: it is enough that you are interested in the topic and willing to develop in your work in a meaningful way.


13.00–13.30             Getting to know each other
13.30–14.00             Introduction: Principles and practical tools of peer mentoring
14.00–14.30             Identifying the peer mentoring themes
14.30–14.45             Pause
14.45–15.15              Forming of the peer mentoring groups
15.15–15.45              The first meeting and a planning moment of the groups
15.45–16.00             Wrap up

The workshop will be led by Virpi Haavisto, a professional coach and facilitator, who is specialised 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 artistically creative work.

The mentoring season continue with a joint mid-meeting on April 29th at 13–16, in which we will discuss about the groups’ mid-process thoughts and help each other further according to the needs at hand. The mentoring programme will end with a joint close-up session on September 16th at 13–16, in which experiences of the groups will be discussed and feedback will be given.

Sign up for the event here. NB! Peer mentoring is meant for Kone Foundation grantees only. Those participants who are coming outside of Helsinki can inquire about reimbursement of travel expenses.

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