Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”
If you visit COOK HQ in Kent and pop upstairs to the office, you’ll see a line of clipboards hanging up in the kitchen above the microwaves. That’s where members of the team can sign up to lunchtime workshops. That might sound a bit dull and corporate, but in fact they are on a whole host of weird and wonderful subjects. So far they’ve included face painting, how to use a veg spiraliser, CPR, yoga, jive dancing, Easter egg making, computer skills, and a discussion about a TED talk. We’ve found that, once you put aside the notion that training should only be for work-related skills, the whole thing opens up.
The workshops are run mostly by members of the team and people are encouraged to share their passions. After all, everyone has a hobby, a skill set their colleagues are oblivious to. It’s been a joy to discover some of them and bring people together.
If you want to make more of your lunch and fancy giving it a go – with colleagues at work, friends and neighbours -- a TED talk discussion is an easy starting point. You’ll find plenty on their website. We enjoyed is this one, about how to spot if someone is lying. Then, it’s just a matter of getting people to host their own lunchtime session and share some knowledge! We’d suggest you start with the format of a 20-minute talk (they always run over!) followed by questions and discussions.
Let us know how you get on at firstname.lastname@example.org